Dr. Mohammad Muhit, Professor and Pro-Vice Chancellor at University of South Asia, has been nominated as ” Eye Health Leader 2013″ by IAPB.
The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) has announced this nomination in a ceremony at the IAPB Council of Members 2013. This nomination recognizes tomorrow’s leaders who will drive IAPB’s concerted effort to eliminate avoidable blindness and support the needs of those with permanent sight loss in the future. This year, a total of 20 eye care professionals from all over the world was nominated for this nomination. Among them Emílio Castellar Macedo Foureaux from Brazil, Zhao Ming from China and Guerline Roney from Haiti are noteworthy.
IAPB is the coordinating membership organization leading international efforts in blindness prevention activities. IAPB promotes VISION 2020: The Right to Sight, the joint initiative with the World Health Organization (WHO) for the elimination of avoidable blindness by the year 2020. The Eye Health Leaders 2013 is a celebration of eye health professionals with the vision and potential to lead the eye health sector in the future, culminating in a ceremony at the IAPB Council of Members 2013.
Pro-Vice Chancellor Dr. M A Muhit is a highly motivated and visionary leader in the field of public health ophthalmology. His leadership was instrumental in developing and guiding the largest childhood cataract campaign anywhere in the world (Bangladesh Childhood Cataract campaign 2004-2009). This campaign identified over 12,000 cataract blind children and provided free sight restoring cataract surgery for over 10,000 blind children. Dr. Mohammad Muhit contributed by providing the baseline research data, by conducting advocacy workshops with policy makers and by designing the program working with two international eye care NGO (Sightsavers and ORBIS) and the Government of Bangladesh. He also developed the main case finding method for this campaign – the Key Informant Method.In the past 13 years, his tireless efforts to eliminate avoidable childhood blindness globally and in Bangladesh has been widely recognized. His leadership was also instrumental in the design and implementation of the first national child blindness study in Bangladesh which involved nearly 2,000 blind children. Building on his research experience, Dr. Muhit in 2004 undertook pilot projects to evaluate the efficacy of ‘Key Informant Method’ of identification of children with blindness. ‘Key Informant Method’ of survey differs from ‘House to House’ method of survey.In the year 2000, under Dr Muhit’s leadership, a group of ophthalmologists, social workers, local businessmen and public health experts initiated the ‘Child Sight Foundation (CSF)’ – a National NGO focusing on childhood blindness and disability. CSF works with children, families, and communities; service providers; and program planners to eliminate preventable and treatable cases of child blindness and to establish a rights based enabling environment for visually impaired and blind children throughout Bangladesh and globally.