DCI patrons are renowned individuals and leaders of their fields who generously use their influence to advance DCI’s mission of protecting child rights and preventing blindness.

Sabina Yasmin

Sabina Yasmin, DCI PatronSabina Yasmin, the legendary singer from Bangladesh, has been active in the Bangladeshi music industry since the 1970s. Sabina has sung for radio, television and gramophone companies and has recorded more than 1,500 songs for film soundtracks. She is most famous for her patriotic music and film songs. She received the Jatiyo Cholochchitro Puroshkar (National Film Award), and in 1984 was awarded the Ekushe Padak. Superstar Sabina received the Independence Award, the highest award given by the government of Bangladesh, in 1995. She has now joined DCI as a Patron and has dedicated the rest of her life to benefit underprivileged children through her music.

Dr. Syed A. Wadud

Dr. Syed A. Wadud, DCI PatronProfessor Syed A. Wadud’s distinguished career began with his appointment at Dhaka Medical College in 1961. In 1962 he became Professor of Ophthalmology at Mitford Medical College, and in 1966 he helped establish the Islamia Eye Hospital, where he served as Chief Consultant from 1971 to 1992. He continued teaching at Bangladesh Medical College as Professor of Ophthalmology till 1997 and was also a visiting professor and fellow at multiple universities including Harvard, Johns Hopkins, Wills Eye Hospital, and the University of Florida.

In 1967, the Government of Pakistan awarded him the Sitara-i-Quaid-i-Azam (National Award) for his contributions to furthering the treatment of diseases of the eye and prevention of blindness in Pakistan. In collaboration with the International Eye Foundation, Dr. Wadud spearheaded the establishment of the first Eye Bank in 1974 at Islamia Eye Hospital. He also worked closely with the President of Bangladesh Sheikh Mujibur Rahman to develop new policies making it easier to donate organs. Central to his remarkable career has been his devotion to treating and preventing blindness in Bangladesh and the education of new generations of ophthalmologists to carry on his good work.

In 1966, Professor Syed A. Wadud operated on DCI Executive Director Dr. Ehsan Houqe at Mitford Medical College (currently Sir Salimullah Medical College) to treat his congenital cataracts. Dr. Hoque and all of DCI’s members, sponsors, donors, and volunteers are forever grateful to Professor Syed A. Wadud. “I am indebted to Professor Syed A. Wadud for giving me my vision” says Dr. Hoque.