Recently, LVPEI’s Institute for Vision Rehabilitation had four optometrists from Sub-Saharan Africa for a three-month short term fellowship. They were introduced to various aspects of low vision services including clinical care, research, community outreach and training.
One of the fellows, Dr Samuel Ndukuba, who works as a Lecturer of Optometry at Abia State University, Nigeria, is now very excited about exploring the possibility of initiating low vision and rehabilitation services in Liberia. This is what he had to say: 'The expertise, infrastructure and service-delivery model that we all got to see at LVPEI has been a great exposure for us. Given my specialization in the field of low vision, I would like to explore the option of practicing this much needed service in Liberia. I am also hoping that the geographical proximity of Nigeria (where I come from) will make it feasible for me to extend the services that I have learnt in LVPEI for the benefit of people with visual impairment beyond my nation.' This will be an ongoing collaboration and LVPEI will continue to extend mentoring support to fellows.