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QM graduate to run eye health project in Bangladesh

Friday 28 February 2014

Noman Mohamed, a recent graduate from Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry at QM, is undertaking a volunteering project in Bangladesh to tackle eye health, thanks to a bursary he was awarded by the Royal Society of Medicine. Noman, who is now in his first year as a foundation doctor at East Surrey Hospital, received the Ophthalmology bursary award in 2014.

Since graduating, Noman has been working with Selfless, a charity that encourages young people to use their medical skills to volunteer in countries in need. Noman’s work has focused on utilising the skills of medical students by encouraging them to work as public health ambassadors in the community. In these roles, the students deliver health seminars (often in Bengali/Urdu) to improve understanding of the disease process and treatment compliance.

The bursary Noman received from the Royal Society of Medicine has been put towards his upcoming Eye Camps project, taking place in rural and remote parts of Bangladesh in April 2014.

Noman will work with Eye Camps in Sylhet, Bangladesh, where Sightsavers report that over 59,000 are blind and 75% are blinded due to cataracts. It is estimated that 9,000 new cases of cataract blindness occur every year. 350,000 adults and 130,000 children are reported to suffer from visual impairment that could be corrected by glasses. Eye Camps works with local doctors to screen around 500 villagers, provide restorative cataract surgery to 30-40 of the poorest and provide glasses to others.

Noman commented on his achievements so far: ‘Barts helped me to achieve these awards by teaching us about different cultures and ensuring that we practice medicine in a culturally competent manner. The regular communication skills teaching that we had helped me to ensure that the students delivering the health seminars communicated the information in a manner that facilitated knowledge enhancement in a lay person.’

Noman also presented his work at the South Asian Health Foundation conference held in Birmingham in November, and was awarded first prize for his research poster, which outlined what his work has involved.

Find out more about Eye Camps.

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