A month-long online capacity building training programme to strengthen the knowledge and surgical skills of the ophthalmologists in Bangladesh concluded on Thursday (Mar 25)
Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) and Inje University Busan Paik hospital conducted online training, which was targeted 23 government ophthalmologists under KOICA-Government of Bangladesh project ‘Eye Health Promotion and Prevention of Blindness in Bangladesh.The event was held at Bangladesh Korea Friendship Hospital (BKFH) in Savar, which was attended by Ms. Young Ah-Doh, Country Director of KOICA Bangladesh Office, Dr. Abdul Quader, Project Director and Professor of Cornea, National Institute of Ophthalmology (NIO) and experts from the South Korea.
According to KOICA, avoidable blindness is one of the major public health problems in Bangladesh.
Country Director of KOICA Bangladesh Office hands over the training completion certificate to the Project Director of KOICA-GoB project ‘Eye Health Promotion and Prevention of Blindness in Bangladesh’.
In terms of statistics, about 5 million people, including children, suffer from refractive errors, about 2.8% of the population aged 35 years and above suffer from glaucoma and 25% of diabetic patients suffer from diabetic retinopathy, reads a KOIC press release.
The Government of Bangladesh is a signatory of the Vision 2020 (V2020, Right to Sight) initiative of IAPB and WHO and committed to achieve the goal of eliminating avoidable blindness by 2020.In light of this, KOICA has initiated the mentioned project in collaboration with Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) and National Institute of Ophthalmology (NIO) under Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW).
KOICA officials give a tour to the participants of the newly constructed eye care unit in Bangladesh Korea Friendship Hospital.
The main objectives are to, establish an eye care unit at BKFH, contribute to capacity building of eye health personnel, establish vision centers at Savar and Dhamrai Upazila Health Complex (UHC) and Dhaka Export Promotion Zone Hospital (EPZ), to promote eye health in target communities and support to develop a new National Eye Care (NEC) Plan.
KOICA’s Country Director hoped that the training helped to strengthen the knowledge and surgical skills of the ophthalmologists in Bangladesh and contributed to the provision of medical services in the ophthalmology clinics in accordance with international standards.
KOICA commits to continue its cooperation with Bangladesh to further boost the nation’s eye health related treatment and services.