Seva’s goal is to build programs run by local people who have both the clinical knowledge to provide high quality eye care and the skills to train others. It is our aim that high quality care will be accessible to communities long after Seva’s involvement has ended. Vital to this sustainability is highly trained staff that has the leadership capability to motivate teams, manage programs themselves and train future eye care providers.
Seva funds a variety of strategic training initiatives to increase knowledge across our partners. These include:
Primary eye care for nurses and ophthalmic assistants
Ophthalmology fellowships for doctors
Modern cataract surgical techniques
Subspecialties, such as retina and corneal transplants for ophthalmologists
Community-based training to identify eye conditions among overlooked populations, including women and children
Hospital administration and financial management
By investing in training, we help ensure that people receive life-changing eye care now and in the long term. Through this approach, trainees become trainers, hospitals become teaching institutions, and the knowledge within the country continues to renew itself. It’s an investment that has an effect for generations to come.
Purnendu Jana, Project Coordinator, and Dr. Asim Sil, Medical Director, Vivekananda Mission Asram Netra Niramay Niketan (VMANNN).
Sustainable eye care programs can only develop if there is training at every level of eye care from the community health volunteer to the highly skilled ophthalmologist. Seva Foundation supports a variety of strategic training initiatives to increase knowledge sharing among eye hospitals across the globe.
Dr. Marty Spencer recently traveled to Instituto Mexicano de Oftalmología in Querétaro, Mexico to teach additional doctors to perform sight-saving surgeries. This training will increase capacity to address the surgical backlog and end needless blindness that affects so many people throughout Latin America. Watch Seva's featured video to learn how your support is making a difference.
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