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Kabir Bedi Launches India Fellowship Programme 2019 For Young Ophthalmologists

The programme’s motto is to groom the young ophthalmologists through an innovative course of mentoring and surgical exposure to expand their perspectives on rural eye health and to shape the youth into promising and skilled ophthalmologists.

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(L-R) Kabir Bedi, Brand Ambassador, Sightsavers India; Dr Caroline Harper, Global CEO, Sightsavers; RN Mohanty, CEO, Sightsavers India and SY Quraishi, Chair of Sightsavers in India, on the launch of India Fellowship Programme 2019.
Kabir Bedi

Kabir Bedi, Brand Ambassador of Sightsavers India, launched the India Fellowship Programme. The aim of the India Fellowship Programme is to identify up to 10 promising young ophthalmologists from across the country.

The programme’s motto is to groom the young ophthalmologists through an innovative course of mentoring and surgical exposure to expand their perspectives on rural eye health and to shape the youth into promising and skilled ophthalmologists. The selected fellows will be placed in one of the 8 states – Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal, Chhattisgarh, and Odisha.

Kabir Bedi, Brand Ambassador, Sightsavers India said, “The problem of preventable blindness is common in India. Lack of awareness on the importance and the basic understanding of how eye health works often leads to stigma around simple and easy treatments. Sightsavers India Fellowship Programme is a unique initiative for the young ophthalmologists to embark on an exciting journey of 24 months and learn along with established ophthalmologists, researchers, and educators. During the course of the programme, the selected ophthalmologists will be given 24 months of structured process of learning, hands-on surgical, clinical training at leading eye health institutions, exciting regional postings along with international exposure and residential facility".

With the rising eye-related problems in India, a greater number of skilled professionals are required in the country. Preventable Blindness is a challenge that can only be surmounted by having adequate eye health services in the remote locations of the country led by skilled ophthalmologists.

Speaking on the initiation of the India Fellowship Programme, RN Mohanty, CEO, Sightsavers India said, “The programme’s vision is to cultivate a capable and competent workforce in the eye care field for rural India. Currently, there are nearly 18,000 Ophthalmologists present in the country, which is nowhere near enough with respect to the ratio of the population in the country. India needs more ophthalmologists. This is a fellowship programme for the future ophthalmologists and with this, we aim to train and groom motivated youth to help them transform into exceptionally skilled ophthalmologists early in their career. With this new initiative, we hope to bring about positive substantial impact in the society”.

Sightsavers came up with India Fellowship Programme as an opportunity for promising and passionate young ophthalmologists to get trained at some of the leading eye health institutes in India.

Speaking at the launch event, Dr Caroline Harper, Global CEO, Sightsavers said, “Almost 75% of vision loss can be cured, at Sightsavers India, we are on a mission to eliminate preventable blindness. For this mission, we are going to need a lot of support from skilled doctors and enthusiastic young ophthalmologists. The India Fellowship Programme is a first of its kind initiative. The well-structured programme will give them an opportunity to learn from the best names at most respected eye care training hospitals.

“If you are looking for something more than a job, you are empathetic, committed, hardworking, a team player and have a passion for travel, the doors of Sightsavers India Fellowship Programme are open for you. And, here’s your chance to learn from the best in the sphere of medical and development sector for healthy transformation in the career”, she added.

Sightsavers is a global development organisation working in India since 1966 to eliminate avoidable blindness and to ensure that people who are irreversibly blind are supported adequately to lead lives of independence and dignity. Sightsavers believes in promoting indigenous technologies in eye healthcare to ensure a wider reach.



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