Mr Mahi Muqit, Moorfields Private consultant vitreoretinal surgeon, recently travelled to Switzerland to participate in the “Consultation on prevention of vision impairment from diabetic retinopathy” at the World Health Organisation (WHO) headquarters in Geneva.
Mr Muqit was invited by the WHO to join an international working group to discuss detection and treatment of diabetic retinopathy (DR).
Diabetes is a global epidemic with over 400 million diabetics diagnosed around the world. In 2006 WHO consulted on this alarming trend. The summit discussed latest research and explored possible solutions with leading health agencies and government ministries.
Mr Muqit was joined by delegates from non-governmental organisations (NGO) such as the Fred Hollows Foundation and Helen Keller International and representatives from African and South American states.
During the summit, Mr Muqit highlighted the best practice in action at Moorfields Eye Hospital including photographic screening, national grader training, workforce models and nurse injector pathways. The event was also an opportunity to discuss how their laser, intravitreal injection and vitreoretinal surgery techniques could be implemented in low and medium resource DR screening programmes.
Mr Muqit’s attendance follows many years of working with NGOs in international DR screening and treatment projects in Bangladesh and Indonesia. He is also a member of the International Council of Ophthalmology Diabetic Eye Care Committee and works with a team that have been awarded “Seeing is believing” innovation grants from Standard Chartered Bank.