Thursday, October 22, 2009

Dr Basant Raj Sharma: Recipient of the APO Distinguished Service Award 2009

'Dr Basant' is one of the longest serving members of Rose Charities being in at the beginning at its foundation in Cambodia in 1998. He was a founder of the precursor Project IRIS program in that he brought the expertise to Cambodian from Nepal to organize the first of the IRIS Eye Camps in 1996, which brought the whole IRIS program into being. Basant then stayed with the IRIS program organizing many subsequent camps and running and providing expertise for many other aspects of the program before moving on into Rose Charities (which evolved from Project IRIS).
Dr Basant is a Consultant at the renowned Lumbini Eye Institute where he has worked for many years. His experience is international, with expertise from developing country field programs to high tech. He established the Oculuplastic Department following a fellowship visit to Vancouver. He also founded the National Nepal Phaco(emulsification) Training Program, as Consultant and Master Trainer in collaboration with Nepal Netra Jyoti Sangh, AOCA Japan and JICA.
In 2009 Dr Basant was awarded the coveted Distinguished Service Award from the Asia Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology.
Dr Basant is currently (October 09) Vice Chairman of the Rose Charities International Board