British eye specialists share expertise during international medical course in Nairobi

Narman Puvanachandra in Kenya
The British eye specialists shared their expertise with doctors from across Africa. Photo: NNUH

A consultant from Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals (NNUH) along with an orthoptist and ophthalmologist from Bournemouth Hospital have been in Kenya to share their expertise to African eye doctors in Africa during an international paediatric ophthalmology teaching course in Kenya.

NNH consultant paediatric ophthalmologist and associate dean, Narman Puvanachandra, shared best practice around the treatment of children’s eye problems through a series of coordinated lectures, workshops and teaching in theatres for dozens of delegates.

Taking part in the course were doctors from countries including Kenya, Ethiopia, Burundi, South Sudan and other African countries took part in the course at Kenyatta University Teaching Hospital in Nairobi. 

University of Cambridge graduate Mr Puvanachandra, who has been a consultant at NNUH since 2009 and runs the ophthalmology training programme in the east of England, was invited by Vision2020, the Royal College of Ophthalmologists and London School of Tropical Medicine as part of a project to eliminate avoidable blindness.

Narman Puvanachandra in Kenya
Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals specialist Narman Puvanachandra.

Speaking about the course, Narman described it as a “huge success”.

“It was a really effective way to teach a lot of people some key skills in paediatric ophthalmology. By teaching several people to be able to go back to their relative countries and practice, we made a much larger impact than I have achieved in previous projects in South Sudan and rural China.”

“I thoroughly enjoyed the collaborative nature of this course and have kept in touch with the doctors in order to be able to offer further advice and support. I too learnt a lot about how to practice paediatric ophthalmology with restricted resources and made some lifelong friends,” he said. 

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