Dr. Joyce Samoutou-Wong BSc (Hons) MBChB DRCOG DTMH MRCGP and her husband Henri are the founding directors of the New Sight. Dr. Samoutou-Wong, a recipient of the Hong Kong Outstanding Students’ Award (1992), the International Excellence in Ophthalmology Vision Award (2012) and Women of Hope Award (2017), graduated from Diocesan Girls’ School in Hong Kong before winning a full scholarship to study at the United World College of the Atlantic in the UK. She then read medicine at the University of Edinburgh, which was followed by a stint as a visiting fellow at Harvard University. She has been involved in several humanitarian projects across the globe, including running a mobile clinic and creating a first aid programme that has since been completed by over 40,000 people along the ancient Silk Road in Uzbekistan.
In 2006, the Samoutous gave up the security of their jobs and uprooted their lives from the UK to develop a non-profit eye centre in a missionary hospital in the rainforest of Gabon. The eye centre has since become self-sufficient and continues to help around 6000 patients a year. In 2011, they founded New Sight with a vision of “a world where no one is needlessly blind”. The charity was first registered in the UK (2011) and later in Hong Kong (2012). In 2012, together with their three young children, moved to northern Republic of Congo to pioneer its first non-profit eye centre with surgery. They are currently fundraising for a second new eye training hospital. They are passionate about transforming lives by giving the priceless gift of sight.