Zeiss and CBM Partner to Open New Training Center for Ophthalmologists in Pune, India

Source: Zeiss

Zeiss and the Christoffel Mission for the Blind (CBM) have together, with  local partner the Poona Blind Men Association, opened a new training center for treating cataracts in Pune, India. The goal is to train ophthalmologists and medical personnel throughout the country in phacoemulsification.

“In India, one of the world’s most populous countries, there is a real need for ophthalmologists with the right training,” Dr. Rainer Brockhaus, CBM’s CEO, said in a company news release. “With this new center, we’re doing our part to enable top quality ophthalmic care. In the future, poorer people in remote regions will also benefit from this.”

“The new phaco training center is the result of a longstanding, goal-driven collaboration between CBM and Zeiss. We already opened a special training center in Paraguay last year,” Dr. Ludwin Monz, Chairman of the Management Board at Carl Zeiss Meditec AG, said in the news release.

Doctors and medical personnel learn how to use modern devices at the training center located at the H.V. Desai Eye Hospital in India. This ensures that, after having received this training, medical staff will be able to provide patients with better medical treatment in line with the latest medical standards.

CBM has supported the eye hospital run by the Poona Blind Men Association since 2000. The renowned eye care clinic serves a region with more than 37 million people and conducts field visits within a 350 kilometer radius. In the past year alone, more than 580,000 patients sought help from the H.V. Desai Eye Hospital, and more than 34,000 of them underwent cataract surgery. The local partner covers the costs for those people who cannot afford treatment.


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