My name is Dr. Salma KC Rai and I am a pediatric ophthalmologist in Nepal. Some of you may know my story but I’d like to share an update with you on how my specialty training in pediatric eye care changed my life and the lives of the children and families I have been able to help.
I was born in a remote village of Nepal. It was my father’s dream for me
that I should study medicine so that I could serve the poor communities
in my country. Thanks to the support of Seva donors, my father’s dream
came true. Seva supported my ophthalmology training and, for the past 10
years, I have been practicing ophthalmology, providing eye care for the
In May 2009, I did a one-year fellowship program in Canada so that I
could become a pediatric ophthalmologist. The fellowship exists thanks
the generosity of Seva Canada Board Member Dr. John Pratt-Johnson, a
renowned pediatric ophthalmologist who supports the training of doctors
from low-income countries. It provided me with the skills needed to
treat children’s eye conditions back home in Nepal.
Now, 3 years later, I am not only a pediatric ophthalmologist at the
Lumbini Eye Institute in Nepal helping thousands of children to see
again, but I am also the Hospital Medical Director. I am able to use my
training to run the hospital and inspire and empower the staff to learn
Funding the training of local doctors, establishing Vision Centers, and
providing equipment and medical supplies is an investment in the future
of Nepal’s eye care programs. More people in need of eye care are being
helped and knowledge is being passed on to the current and future
generations of local doctors and medical staff.
I have seen Seva and its supporters in action with my own eyes and it is
the most beautiful sight.
In Service - Salma
Seva is committed to training women like Dr. Salma who go on to become important leaders in the movement to cure and prevent blindness and low-vision. Watch this short video feature about Dr. Salma, produced by Seva's partner TOMS:
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