News Letter, Vol. 27, Number 64-65, June 2016

Ground Breaking of FirstĀ Children Eye Hospital of the country

On 06 April, 2016, AST achieved another milestone. The ground breaking of the first children eye hospital in Pakistan was performed by President of Pakistan, Mr. Mamnoon Hussain. A dream of our current leader, Mr. Hamid Javaid, this hospital will provide state of the art treatment facilities for all types of eye diseases of children. The hospital will be constructed at the cost of Rs 1 billion and will be completed in two years. It will employ 25 children eye specialists who will see 500 patients and perform 50 surgeries every day. The ceremony was attended by globally admired doctors, experts, social workers, donors and others. On the occasion, Al-Shifa Foundation of North America (AFNA) President Mr Tahir Zafar announced that 20 percent of the cost of the hospital would be shared by AFNA.



Scientific Seminars

Three scientific seminars were held. In the Seminar on children eye diseases, speakers from different parts of the country presented their work and highlighted the importance of prevention of childhood blindness. The guest speakers were Dr. Alyscia Cheema from Karachi, Dr. Seema Qayyum from Lahore and Dr. Ramachandra Pararajasegaram from Geneva. Another Seminar on important public health issues was organized by Al-Shifa School of Public Health. The Seminar attracted many leading public health personalities from across the country like Dr. Farid Midhet Country Director for John Hopkins National Program (Jhpiego), Dr. Tahir Manzoor Head of Health and Nutrition UNICEF, Dr. Tauseef Ahmed Country Representative Pathfinder International and Dr. Zahida Sarwar Additional Program Director Technical in Policy and Strategic Planning unit, Health Department Punjab.

The third scientific seminar was organized by College of Optometry Al-Shifa Trust. Eminent speakers included Dr. Para from Geneva, Dr. Shahzad Naroo from UK (Recorded), Mr Ali Minto, Miss Nusrat Daud, and Mr Nasir Ali Khan from Pakistan.



President of Pakistan Confers Awards to AST Staff

After the ground breaking ceremony of children eye hospital, President of Pakistan graciously conferred awards to AST staff for their outstanding performance over the last 25 years. Prof. Dr. Wajid Ali Khan was given Lifetime Achievement award for his outstanding services in the field of prevention of blindness, research, academics and professional excellence. The List of Awardees is as under. Congratulations! Friends!



Al-Shifa Center for Community Ophthalmology

Eye Screening Camps Sponsored By Al-Shifa Foundation of North America (AFNA) at Jarobi and Ali Masjid Tehsil Jamrud Khyber Agency in Coordination with Khyber Rifles

Al-Shifa Center for Community Ophthalmology established free eye camps at High School Mahmood Kalay (Bazar Zaka Khail Jarobi) & BHU Ali Masjid Jamrod (Landi Kotal) on 31st March & 1st April 2016. This remote and inaccessible underdeveloped area has been in conflict zone for quite some time. On the request of Khyber Rifles, Al-Shifa Center for Community Ophthalmology conducted these camps that were  ponsored by Al-Shifa Foundation of North America. A total 2,365 patients including children were provided with free treament. 365 were referred to Al-shifa Trust Eye Hospital Rawalpindi for free treatment. The local  dministration, tribal elders of the Zaka Khail and general population appreciated the efforts of Al-Shifa Trust Eye Hospital and Al-Shifa Foundation of North America (AFNA).



Visit of Ramachandra Pararajasegaram

Dr. Para is a legendary figure in the field of prevention of blindness world over. He has a long association with Al-Shifa Trust since its beginning. He has always been a great friend, advisor and part of our Master Planning. This year he specially made it a point to travel all the way from Geneva to participate in the Silver Jubilee events from 26th March to 06 April. He was key speaker in all the three scientific seminars on pediatric ophthalmology, public health and optometry. He was also part of the ground breaking ceremony of First Children Eye Hospital of Pakistan and was awarded Distinguished Services Award by His Excellency President of Pakistan. Dr. Para also visited Al-Shifa Trust Eye Hospitals Sukkur and Kohat and shared his views on our future planning. Dr. Para has also kindly agreed to actively contribute to our Residency Training Program at Pakistan Institute of Ophthalmology.