Former Bellingham RPCV Recognized for International Blindness Prevention Work

RPCV Paul Courtright, DrPH (South Korea, 1979-1981) and his wife, Susan Lewallen, M.D., formerly of Bellingham, WA, were honored with the prestigious International Blindness Prevention Award for 2008 from the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), in recognition of their work in Moshi, Tanzania.

The couple, who have also worked in Malawi and Ethiopia, moved to Moshi from Bellingham in 2001 to establish the Kilimanjaro Centre for Community Ophthalmology (KCCO). The center focuses on training, research and program development, aimed at decreasing blindness in eastern Africa, using local talent and skills. Courtright and Lewallen are co-directors of KCCO, which has grown to be the most active center dedicated to community ophthalmology in Africa with trainees coming from over 25 countries across the continent.  KCCO faculty also assist with building capacity for high quality eye care services aimed at reaching the largest number of patients within a number of countries including Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya, and Madagascar.  Additional information can be found on the KCCO website.

Thanks for Cat McIntyre of the SEAPAX-Bellingham group for sharing this news