Dr Muhammad Babar Qureshi
Dr Muhammad Babar Qureshi’s career has been dedicated to improving the lives of those affected by vision impairment and blindness around the world. His commitment to advocating and working for inclusive, equitable and integrated eye care services for everyone has resulted in significant progress and positive change.
He was born Pakistan and then moved with his family to Nigeria, where he was educated and where he graduated as a medical doctor. He did his Residency in Ophthalmology in Nigeria and Austria, followed by his Master’s in Community Eye Health in London. After working as an ophthalmologist in Nigeria for eight years, he moved back to Pakistan where he was the Secretary of the National Committee for the Prevention of Blindness, the Secretary of the National Trachoma Task Force and the Director of Academics and Research for the Pakistan Institute of Community Ophthalmology. He was also the Executive Director of the Comprehensive Health and Education Forum International in Pakistan for seven years.
In 1997 he became a Medical Advisor for CBM and is currently the CBM Director of Inclusive Eye Health and Neglected Tropical Diseases and is based in Cambridge, UK. In addition, he is Chair of the Eastern Mediterranean Region Alliance for Trachoma Control and the Trachoma Expert Committee. Recently, he became a member of the Ophthalmology Foundation Board.
He has received much recognition, both nationally and internationally, for services in the prevention of blindness, including the Prince Abdulaziz Bin Ahmed Al Saud Award, the President of Pakistan Noval Christy Award, the Champalimaud Vision Award and the IAPB Vision Excellence Award.