DCI Launches Childhood Blindness Prevention Program

Dhaka, Bangladesh (December 16, 2007) – At a ceremony on December 15, Dr. Brian DeBroff, DCI President, and Professor Azad Khan, DAB President and Director of DCI’s Bangladesh operations, officially inaugurated DCI’s Childhood Blindness Prevention (CBP) Program. The goal of this program is to provide free preventive eye care, as well as diagnosis and treatment, to underprivileged children worldwide. In collaboration with the Diabetic Association of Bangladesh (DAB), Ophthalmological Society of Bangladesh (OSB), Ispahani Eye Hospital, Terre-Des-Hommes Eye Hospital, Harun Eye Foundation and other organizations, DCI will now seek to help as many needy children and infants as possible by extending its CBP Program throughout Bangladesh.

To help launch this new program, DCI arranged a pediatric eye care workshop and seminar. As part of the workshop, which ran from December 11 to 17, Dr. DeBroff performed surgery free of cost on several underprivileged children suffering from cataracts. DCI is very thankful to the Diabetic Association of Bangladesh for generously donating the use of their facilities for these procedures. Dr. DeBroff also led hands-on training sessions for Bangladeshi eye surgeons. In these training sessions, surgeons were taught a cataract surgery technique, Posterior Capsulorrhexis with Double Optic Capture, which Dr. DeBroff developed. This procedure is relatively easy to perform, and thus represents a major advance towards eliminating childhood blindness caused by congenital cataracts. The Ophthalmological Society of Bangladesh (OSB) joined DCI as co-sponsor. Over one hundred eye surgeons participated in this week-long seminar and training session.