Message from the Secretary General of SAO
I am happy to share and announce that Himalayan Kingdom of Nepal- Kathmandu is the next venue of forthcoming 14th Saarc Academy of Ophthalmology congress to be held from 21-24th June 2018.Saarc Academy of ophthalmology is a Conglomeration of eight countries in south Asian region comprising of India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Maldives & Afghanistan. We share common history, background, culture and Economic development and ophthalmology is no exception.
The society has been active for last 3 decades however was dormant for few years in the middle. I remember in early 90’s congress being held in Kathmandu followed by India. After a few years of dormancy it became active again when Prof Saliya Patirana my friend reconvened the 8th Saarc congress on my insistence in Colombo, Sri Lanka, 2006 for which I remain grateful for his contribution in revival. Following this we organised next 9th conference in New Delhi (22-24 August, 2008) which was largely attended and generated good revenue for the association. Next 10th conference was held in Dhaka in Bangladesh (5-8th March 2011) where I got support from Prof Ava Hossain & Prof Modassir Ali. The meeting highlights included presence of President of Bangladesh who inaugurated this meeting besides rich Scientific Programme & Cultural events. I am thankful to OSP Karachi , Prof Tarique, Prof Nadeem and Prof Salim especially who made the 13th Saarc conference a great success last year(18-21st August 2016) with wonderful hospitality and Scientific presentation. Though we had some visa issues for Indians but in the end things went well.
This invitation will extend & expose the delegates to varying spectrum of ophthalmology eg. from Nano technology to community ophthalmology. We are planning a separate session for our young colleagues with sub speciality experience to forge ahead in their own area as future belongs to them. Our practicing ophthalmology friends will find SOPs- for management of commonly prevalent diseases in their practise. Senior colleagues would love to see and learn new techniques and modality of treatment as ophthalmology like any other branch of Medicine is a dynamic field.
Not to eulogise our region , our ophthalmic trade has come up in a big way, we have our ophthalmic industry and Manufacturing companies known and recognised globally. It will be on high Agenda for all delegates as we expect economically yet useful equipment on display especially during the conference.
Friends we have Kathmandu as the venue of next meeting and I am sure you are bracing up for the same. As I have mentioned speciality development is the main theme/objective of our society, Kathmandu meeting will be unique in the sense that it will focus on institution and personalities whose contribution & achievement has changed the scenario of eye care in this region more so in the super speciality of Ophthalmology. There are other programmes on the anvil which we will share with you soon and I am sure you will enjoy this meeting & remember for long.
With best wishes & looking forward to welcome you all.
Prof. Rajvardhan Azad
Secretary General SAO