Editor's note: This blogpost reprinted with permission from IAPB
Eye Health Hero is a novel initiative by the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) where all member organisations (including virtually every major international NGO working in eye health, professional bodies for ophthalmology and optometry, and disabled persons' organisations worldwide) are encouraged to nominate and sponsor an eye health hero to attend the IAPB 9th General Assembly (9GA) in Hyderabad, India, September 2012. At 9GA, these 'heroes' will have the opportunity to meet the world’s leading thinkers in blindness prevention, to survey systems at the award-winning LV Prasad Eye Institute, and participate in the Assembly's many ceremonies or gala events.
Such is his passion for the cause and his overriding sense of duty, Dr Sisay stops people in the street if he sees they or their children have symptoms of trachoma. He examines them and directs them to the nearest source of help, all whilst on his way to meetings or programme assessments.