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Report from the Dominican Republic

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Over the past decade, Dr Kosoko-Lasaki, professor of ophthal- mology surgery and glaucoma specialist, Creighton university, uSA, has traveled to the Dominican Republic (DR) to address vi- tamin A defi ciency (VAD) and glaucoma, two major areas of pub- lic health concern. Creighton university has a medical mission program based in both Omaha, uS, and the DR called ILAC, or the Institute for Latin American Concern, which began in 1973. When Dr Kosoko-Lasaki heard of villagers with night blind-ness, an early sign of VAD, she knew she had to act. With the help of numerous organizations, including ILAC, the World Health Or-ganization, and Sight and Life, she traveled to the DR in the early 2000s for her first vitamin A intervention. During VAD interven- tions, Dr Kosoko-Lasaki administers vitamin A, donated by Sight and Life, to children between the ages of three and 10, as well as lactating mothers and pregnant women in the second and third trimester. In recent years, Dr Kosoko-Lasaki has expanded her charity work in the DR to encompass glaucoma screening and surgery, as well. Dr Kosoko-Lasaki’s last trip to the Dominican was in March 2011, for six days, four of which were dedicated to glaucoma surgery. She brought with her Rebecca Batt, a certifi ed ophthalmic assistant, who took patient pressures and performed reading exams, and Brett Briggs, a Creighton student, who coordinated the glaucoma screening process, visual fi eld, and visual acuity

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Year 2012
Authors Anung Sugihantono
Language English
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DOI https://doi.org/10.52439/UGQI2171
DOI Number 10.52439/UGQI2171
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