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), Women of Hope Award (2017), and Compassion Award (2020), 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, they moved to Impfondo in northern Republic of Congo to pioneer its first non-profit eye centre with surgery, which is now self-sufficient.
At the invitation of the local authorities, the Samoutous established a second eye centre in Congo at Ouesso in 2019, and are working on the construction of an eye hospital to extend help to the whole of Congo and neighbouring countries. During the recent COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Samoutou-Wong was appointed by the Governor of the La Sangha region to serve as part of the Response Committee. New Sight provides full non-profit eye services including consultations, glasses, medical and surgical treatments, as well as screening and community health education in the villages. New Sight empowers the local community by training nurses and administrative staff.
In 2018, the Samoutous established Project Two Front Teeth, an initiative aimed at inspiring children to activate empathy and creativity to change the world. An inspirational and sought-after speaker known for her sincerity and natural ability to make the audience both laugh and cry, Dr. Samoutou-Wong is regularly invited to speak to audiences such as TEDx and the Royal Geographical Society.