Eye Health Hero Leaves for New Challenges

Light for the World says good-bye to Dr. Amir Bedri Kello
Photo: Dr. Amir Bedri Kello. Credit: Light for the World

Light for the World’s Director for Eye Health and Neglected Tropical Diseases, Dr. Amir Bedri Kello, is leaving Light for the World to join WHO/AFRO as medical officer for Trachoma.  

Since 2009, Dr. Kello had been working as a senior advisor on medical eye care and prevention of blindness with Light for the World before he was appointed our Director for Eye Health and Neglected Tropical Diseases. Over the years, he was instrumental in the development of Light for the World’s programmatic approach in Eye Health, including upholding public eye health principlesstrengthened collaboration with Ministries, and our focus on human resource development. He was also at the forefront of our Trachoma and NTDs programme, where he worked tirelessly at all levels, to improving quality of surgery on the ground to representing the organization in international fora. According to Dr Kello, the difficult circumstances in the Sub-Saharan African region should never be an excuse for denying high quality and sustainable eye services for the people living there. Thanks to him, this principle is stamped on Light for the World’s core identity.  

Dr. Kello already served as temporary advisor for the WHO on two occasions. He has been member of the MEACO Advisory Leadership Group for Ophthalmology in Sub-Saharan Africa and served as the Co-chair for IAPB (International Agency for Prevention of Blindness) for Eastern Africa. He has participated at several national and international eye related workshops as a speaker and facilitator. Since 2012, he is serving as one of the World Forum for Sight session coordinators, chairs and speakers for the World Ophthalmology Congress (WOC).  

Amir is not only an Eye Health Leader, he is a great inspiration and role model for a lot of people who have had the privilege to get to know him”, states Light for the World’s International Director for Programmes and Advocacy, Sabine Rehbichler. 

“Obviously we are sad to see Amir go, we will all really miss him both professionally and personally. At the same time, I am really thankful for the contributions he has made as an expert and colleague with Light for the World during nine and a half years. Our friendship has enriched my life. I wish him all the very best for this new step in his international career”, says CEO, Rupert Roniger.  

In the name of all colleagues at Light for the World, we would like to thank Amir for his excellent work and friendship and wish him all the very best in his exciting new position with the WHO. 

Until Light for the World appoints a new Director, Jess Blijkers, programme manager for Eye health can be contacted for any matters arising relating to our programme on Eye health and Neglected Tropical Diseases