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.
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
"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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