Members of the 23rd mission
(October 8–12, 2015), from left:
Mr. Mahendro J. Jainarine (a
volunteer); Mr. Subraj; Drs. Jindal,
Waller, and Sugrim; Edwin Burkett,
MD, MBA, Colonel, U.S. Air Force,
and director of global health,
department of preventive medicine
and biostatistics, USUHS (there as an
observer); and Dr. Pasternak
a sustainable eye banking effort in Guyana. Reporting
the rehabilitation of exemplary cases can give visibility and credibility to all the eye bank establishment
efforts. Engaging surgeons and potential patients from
other Caribbean Community countries may accelerate
the momentum we have already achieved in a short time
Our team has shown that the PPP model can be used
successfully to sustain both kidney transplantation and
corneal transplantation in a developing nation. Our five-step approach has shown that specialized surgical services
can be sustained with focused training of the local surgeon and close follow-up.
Although no firm timeline has been set for establishing the eye bank in Guyana, each visit by the
PPP team improves local capacity, and all parties are
focused on creating a program that the host nation can
sustain independently. In December 2015, Dr. Norton
announced a plan to create legislation for eye donation,
which is the first step in the process. 11 ♦
The authors would like to recognize the Subraj Foundation,
New York, N Y, for funding the missions and the Georgetown
Public Hospital Corporation for providing the use of ORs, clinics, and paramedic staff.
The views expressed in this article are those of the authors and
do not reflect the official policy of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS), the U.S. Department
of the Army, the U.S. Department of Defense, or the U.S. government. No financial conflict of interest exists.
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