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Manchester Royal Eye Hospital welcomes Nigerian visitors for leadership exchange programme

Doctors from Lagos University Teaching Hospital in Nigeria visited the Royal Eye Hospital this month, as part of a VISION 2020 leadership exchange programme.

The partnership aims to address the huge problem of avoidable blindness in West Africa by building capacity in eye training units and sharing learning between NHS eye departments in the UK and Lagos' two large teaching hospitals.

The trip this month was one of a series of visits by a group of trainee ophthalmologists from Lagos since 2010. As part of the programme consultants shadow staff at Manchester Royal Eye Hospital and the Royal Bolton Hospital, enhancing eye care services as a result. UK trainees have also made the return trip to Lagos to gather information on their practices.

Lagos exchange visit 2014

Susmito Biswas, Ophthalmic Surgeon and Clinical Head of Division at Manchester Royal Eye Hospital said:

"This partnership is the result of much hard work from our colleagues in Bolton, Lagos and at the North West Deanery. We were delighted to welcome our colleagues back in Manchester and show them how the hospital and our practices have developed since their last visit.

"The goals of the VISION 2020 project are something we very much support and encourage, and we are pleased that the progress our colleagues in Lagos have made to date in becoming a world class centre for eye care."

The project is part of the VISION 2020 Links project. VISION 2020 is the global initiative for the elimination of avoidable blindness, a joint programme of the Worth Health Organization (WHO) and the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB).

Pictured: Eva Gajdosova, Paediatric Ophthalmologist, MREH, Dr Kareem Musa, Consultant, Lagos University Teaching Hospital & Vinod Sharma, Ophthalmologist, MREH.

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