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New Fellowship To Prevent Childhood Blindness in Malawi
The BCPB Advisory Panel have this week awarded another Sir John Wilson Fellowship to Dr Khumbo Kalua of Malawi, who will be researching better methods of identifying children blind from cataract in remote locations in Malawi, in order to get them ,give treatment and save their sight.Dr Kalua will be based at the Prestigious London School of Hygine and Tropical Medicine,Department of International Centre for eye Health,Clinical Research Unit for the next 4 years
The project will build local capacity by training personnel, and help to develop systems and procedures to prevent childhood blindness in Malawi. The results of the project will be applicable elsewhere in Sub-Saharan Africa, where there are some 320,000 blind children at present.
Dr Kalua aims to establish a fully operational community eye department at the University of Malawi,College of Medicine where he is a lecturer;and this will have a significant impact in national blindness prevention.
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