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Dr Gopal Prasad Pokharel has played an important role in the delivery of VISION 2020 in the region, through his work as a Medical Officer with the World Health Organization (WHO). As part of WHO, Dr Pokharel was instrumental in changing the WHO’s definition of blindness. Dr Pokharel was a key player in population-based prevention of blindness surveys in Nepal, India and China, along with refractive error surveys in these countries, and South Africa.
He has chaired the institutional research review board at the Nepal Netra Jyothi Sangh, Nepal’s apex eye care body.