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August 8, 2012

HCP supports sub-specialty training for Ethiopian doctor

Dr. Hailu Somega Yewubnesh (on the right) in the operating room.

Dr. Hailu Somega Yewubnesh.

Dr. Reeta Gurung, Tilganga’s Deputy Medical Director (on left), and Dr. Hailu.

Dr. Hailu (on left) and Tilganga doctors.

Dr. Hailu Somega Yewubnesh from Arbaminch Hospital in Ethiopia successfully completed a one-year cornea and external disease fellowship with the Himalayan Cataract Project. The final rotation included a three-month, hands-on training and clinical exposure in Nepal at the HCP’s flagship training center, the Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology (TIO).

HCP has been working with Dr. Hailu since 2010 when she participated in a six-week Small Incision Cataract Surgery course at TIO. Since then she has hosted HCP affiliated ophthalmologists at her home hospital, Arbraminch, for several high-volume cataract interventions.

The experience I have is tremendous and I can say it is the best experience I have ever had. My contribution during the training as such is nothing but after this training I am sure it will have a great impact on the prevention of blindness in SICS and cornea.” 

“My interest in ophthalmology started in my final year of medical school after visiting some of the blind people in southern region of my country. Most of the causes of blindness in that area were trachoma-related corneal opacity and cataract. These people were begging in the street because of their blindness and were discriminated against. So I decided to join ophthalmology in order to contribute to the reduction of blindness in my country.”

—Dr. Hailu Somega Yewubnesh