Overview

Main obstacle in the development of any rural projects in Pakistan is lack of local human resource.  We have therefore, kept a special emphasis is on sustainability through local human resource development.

Primary health care is the cornerstone of effective healthcare. Optometry is the cadre trained to provide this. In 1997 Optometry training did not exist in Pakistan. While lobbying through various universities for such a graduate course, and training the first few optometrists we ran Primary Eye Care Workshops for primary health care workers in the tehsil from 2004 to 2006 with the support of Sight Savers Interventional3.

We have been able to train 13 graduate optometrists so far, some of them serving locally either within the tehsil or in surrounding cities and others working as far as Canada and Dubai. This has helped support and sustain the free optometry clinic and the BSc honors course within MMH as well as primary eye care within the country and abroad.