2020 Annual General Meeting
During a time of enormous uncertainty, you continued to give, and give generously. Your actions are the embodiment of our name, Seva, or 'selfless service'. Please join us for our first online Annual General Meeting on November 6, 2020. You will hear how your support has given the power of sight to those in need, the impact of COVID-19 and the focus of our eye care programs beyond 2020. RSVP at https://bit.ly/2020SevaAGM or call 1-877-460-6622
Two very special guests, Dr. Simon Arunga from Uganda and Peter Kileo from the Kilimanjaro Centre for Community Ophthalmology in Tanzania, will provide firsthand accounts of the work they are doing to restore sight and prevent blindness in marginalized communities, all thanks to your generosity.
Please note: Everyone is welcome to attend the ACM, however, to be considered a member of Seva Canada Society and eligible to vote at our ACM, a person must have donated a minimum of $20 between November 17, 2019 and November 1, 2020. Any member may be nominated to the Board of Directors by submitting a letter signed by a nominator and a seconder, both of whom must be members in good standing of Seva Canada Society. Letters can be sent to the Seva Canada office to the attention of the Chair of the Governance and Nominating Committee.
Simon Arunga is a 36-year-old Ugandan ophthalmologist. He is married to a fellow doctor, Viola, and they have a young son. Simon is the president of the Ophthalmology Society of Uganda, Editor-in Chief of the Journal of Ophthalmology for Eastern Central and Southern Africa (JOECSA), !APB Eye Health Hero 2019 and Volk Visionary award winner, April 2020.
Simon trained as a general doctor at Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST) in Southern Uganda. In 2013, he graduated as an ophthalmologist. He continues to work at MUST as a clinical lecturer in the Department of Ophthalmology. His work involves patient management including ophthalmic surgery, coordination of the ophthalmology training program at MUST and research.
Simon completed his PhD in 2019 at the prestigious London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, London UK His research focused on epidemiology of corneal infections in Uganda, which is a frequent, severe cause of sight loss. Simon continues to work as a post-doctoral research fellow at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, exploring new approaches to treating corneal infections in Uganda.
Simon is a passionate social entrepreneur who has successfully created Community Eye Care Centres (CECs) in Uganda supported by a grant from Seva Canada. He has an ambitious plan to establish one CEC in every town in Southwestern Uganda to provide first-line comprehensive eye care to a population of over 8 million people. His approach to life is "changing the world, one eye at a time".
Peter Kileo is the Program Coordinator and Assistant Director at the Kilimanjaro Center for Community Ophthalmology (KCCO, Tanzania). Before joining KCCO in January 2014, Peter worked with missionaries as a high school tutor.
Peter holds a BA in Philosophy from Urbanianna University, Rome, Italy, a Postgraduate Diploma in Community Development, and a Master's Degree in Cooperative and Community Development from Sokoine University of Agriculture, Morogoro, Tanzania.
When he joined the KCCO in 2014, Peter was introduced into the ophthalmic world through various training programs related to the management of community ophthalmology programs at the Lions Aravind Institute of Community Ophthalmology (LAICO), the training and consulting arm of Aravind Eye Care System in Southern India, and at the Blantyre Institute of Community Ophthalmology in Malawi, and at the University of Cape Town, South Africa.
Peter has a strong interest in research related to the management of community ophthalmology programs and is very involved in monitoring, evaluation and program mentorship.
Peter Kileo lives in Moshi, a small beautiful town at the foot of Mt Kilimanjaro, where he is married to his wife Agnes. Together they have a family of three children, Philbert age 8, Damin 4, and Arriela who is 1 year old.
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