36 million people around the globe are blind. Approximately one third of them was blinded by a treatable cataract. Frequently, those affected do not have access to medical care. Particularly in remote regions, the training and continuing education of ophthalmologists and medical personnel are a key part in the fight against preventable blindness. ZEISS and the Christoffel Mission for the Blind (CBM) have – together with a local partner, the Poona Blind Men Association – opened a new training center for treating cataracts in Pune, India. The goal is to train ophthalmologists and medical personnel throughout the country in phacoemulsification, a modern surgical technique.
"In India, one of the world's most populous countries, there is a real need for ophthalmologists with the right training," says Dr. Rainer Brockhaus, the CBM's CEO. "With this new center, we're doing our part to enable top-quality ophthalmic care. In the future, poorer people in remote regions will also benefit from this." Dr. Ludwin Monz, Chairman of the Management Board at Carl Zeiss Meditec AG, adds: “The new phaco training center is the result of a longstanding, goal-driven collaboration between CBM and ZEISS. We already opened a special training center in Paraguay last year."
Doctors and medical personnel learn how to use modern devices at the training center located at the H.V. Desai Eye Hospital in India. This ensures that, after having received this training, medical staff will be able to provide patients with better medical treatment in line with the latest medical standards.