Sailesh Kumar Mishra

Nepal Netra Jyoti Sangh celebrates the relentless efforts of Mr. Mishra to strenghten eye care in Nepal

It is our absolute pleasure to name Mr. Sailesh Kumar Mishra, Program Director of Nepal Netra Jyoti Sangh as one of the next generation of Eye Health Leaders.

Mr. Sailesh Kumar Mishra is a Program Director of Nepal Netra Jyoti Sangh (NNJS) (National Society for Comprehensive Eye Care). NNJS currently has 14 eye hospitals and 55 eye care centres all over Nepal and is a leading partner to achieve the aims of "VISION 2O2O:The Right to Sight" in Nepal. Mr. Mishra was instrumental in extending the number of eye hospitals from 11 to 14 and of Primary Eye Care Centres from 34 to 56 in different districts of Nepal by effectively mobilizing the support of donors, local community and NGOs. He has played a major role in many fundraising activities to establish hospitals and primary eye care centres. As a Program Director, his effots contributed to increase productivity in eye care services from 150,000 in 2004 to 250,000 in 2011.

He was able to establish two cataract surgery training centres in Nepal and thus making Phaco-emulsification technique available for most cataracts operations in many eye hospitals in the country. Under his able guidance, Himalaya Eye Hospital, Pokhara was developed as a training centre for refresher courses to upgrade and strengthen eye care knowledge of ophthalmic assistants and to assist them with recent advancements in ophthalmology.

Mr. Mishra regularly visit many of the remote areas of Nepal and is involved in creating awareness in preventative eye care. He has also played a key role in supervising Rapid Assessment of Avoidable Blindness surveys in 10 zones of Nepal.

Now, as a Program Director, Mr. Mishra is also providing management support and advice to eye hospitals in areas of need in Nepal, strengthening their capacity to effectively deliver eye care services. Throughout, he has provided leadership and worked well with people at every level of the organization. He continue to be instrumental in gathering a broad range of support for the work of NNJS.