Dr. Brian DeBroff Visits Bangladesh to Inaugurate DCI’s Childhood Blindness Prevention Program

A team from DCI, Distressed Children International, will be going to Bangladesh on December 13 for a one-week visit to inaugurate its Childhood Blindness Prevention Program. The team members are: Dr. Brian DeBroff, DCI President; Dr. Ehsanul Hoque, DCI Executive Director; Dr. Maksud Chowdhury, DCI Patron; Lira Chowdhury, Representative, University of Texas at Austin; Monica Jamaluddin, Volunteer Coordinator.

Dr. Brian DeBroff is a renowned ophthalmic surgeon, known particularly for his success in treating pediatric cataract patients at Yale-New Haven Hospital in New Haven, Connecticut and Bridgeport Hospital, Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA. He is an Associate Clinical Professor at the Yale University School of Medicine and former Vice-Chairman of the Yale Eye Center. He has published numerous peer-reviewed articles and book chapters on the subject of cataract surgery. He has also been presented with an award for distinguished teaching from Yale University’s Department of Ophthalmology, where he has served as the Program Director for resident training.

During his stay in Bangladesh, the main goal of Dr. DeBroff and his team will be to set up free eye surgery camps designed to meet the needs of the most vulnerable victims of poverty: children and infants. In collaboration with the Diabetic Association of Bangladesh (DAB), DCI is arranging hands-on training sessions where local eye surgeons will learn a pediatric surgical technique that Dr. DeBroff helped to develop: Posterior Capsulorrhexis with Double Optic Capture. One advantage of this procedure is that most pediatric ophthalmologists, and even general ophthalmologists, could easily be trained to perform it, which would represent a major advance towards eliminating childhood blindness caused by congenital cataracts.

In addition to setting the groundwork for the Childhood Blindness Prevention Program, the DCI team will be monitoring activities at the various project areas of its flagship Sun Child Sponsorship program.