The Ripple Effect of Training
Meet Dr. Salma

Dr Salma_thumbnail.jpgMy name is Dr. Salma KC Rai and I am a pediatric ophthalmologist in Nepal. Some of you may know my story but I’d like to share an update with you on how my specialty training in pediatric eye care changed my life and the lives of the children and families I have been able to help.

Dr Salma_256w.jpgI was born in a remote village of Nepal. It was my father’s dream for me that I should study medicine so that I could serve the poor communities in my country. Thanks to the support of Seva donors, my father’s dream came true. Seva supported my ophthalmology training and, for the past 10 years, I have been practicing ophthalmology, providing eye care for the Nepali people.

In May 2009, I did a one-year fellowship program in Canada so that I could become a pediatric ophthalmologist. The fellowship exists thanks the generosity of Seva Canada Board Member Dr. John Pratt-Johnson, a renowned pediatric ophthalmologist who supports the training of doctors from low-income countries. It provided me with the skills needed to treat children’s eye conditions back home in Nepal.

Now, 3 years later, I am not only a pediatric ophthalmologist at the Lumbini Eye Institute in Nepal helping thousands of children to see again, but I am also the Hospital Medical Director. I am able to use my training to run the hospital and inspire and empower the staff to learn and grow.

Funding the training of local doctors, establishing Vision Centers, and providing equipment and medical supplies is an investment in the future of Nepal’s eye care programs. More people in need of eye care are being helped and knowledge is being passed on to the current and future generations of local doctors and medical staff.

I have seen Seva and its supporters in action with my own eyes and it is the most beautiful sight.

In Service - Salma

Seva is committed to training women like Dr. Salma who go on to become important leaders in the movement to cure and prevent blindness and low-vision. Watch this short video feature about Dr. Salma, produced by Seva's partner TOMS:

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