Health Desk--5 Sep’18: Experts at an event in the capital recently emphasized on sharing the learning of a project – A Comprehensive Model of Eye Care in Childhood Diabetes for Bangladesh.
They have suggested engaging multiple stakeholders in eye care service for children to combat childhood blindness called diabetic retinopathy.
Eye health experts and physicians said at the programme that global number of children with diabetes is growing rapidly and evidence shows that poor care during childhood increases the risk of ocular complications throughout later life.
According to International Diabetes Federation estimates, the incidence of Type-1 diabetes among children 0-14 years is 4.2 per 100,000/year, meaning over 3,000 children are newly developing Type 1 diabetes in Bangladesh annually.
Prof Ava Hossain, Vice-president of Asia Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology, was present at the event as the chief guest. Dr Nathan G Congdon, Director of Research and North Asia Strategy of Orbis International and professor of Queen’s University of Belfast, Prof Zafar Khaled, Chairman of Ophthalmology Department of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University, Caroll Vasquez, Director of Office of the Population Health Nutrition and Education, USAID/Bangladesh and Dr. Munir Ahmed, Country Director, Orbis International Bangladesh were special guests.
Mohammad Sayef Uddin, Secretary General of Diabetic Association of Bangladesh, presided over the event organised by Orbis International Bangladesh.