President: Dr. Fitsum Bekele

Vice-President: Dr. Zelalem Eshetu

Secretary General: Dr. Sadik Taju Sherief

Treasurer: Dr. Mahlet Tsegaye


Ophthalmological Society of Ethiopia

The Ophthalmological Society of Ethiopia (OSE) is a professional association of ophthalmologists established in 1994. It is maintained and managed by an executive committee which consists of President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, the immediate Past President and an elected member. The main headquarters is located the among the Ethiopian Medical Association (EMA) in front of the African Union, near Mexico Square, in Addis Ababa Ethiopia.
The OSE is one of the members of the International Council of Ophthalmologists/ The International Federation of Ophthalmological Societies and associate member of The Ophthalmological Society of Eastern Africa. The OSE is represented in the executive committee of the National Committee for Prevention of Blindness of Ethiopia as the Vice Chairman. OSE is also on the Board of Trustees of the Eye Bank of Ethiopia. The OSE aims to improve the quality of eye care in Ethiopia and eliminate avoidable blindness.

The mission of the OSE is to improve the quality of eye care in Ethiopia and to create togetherness between various
Ophthalmic Professionals and to work for a common goal on the prevention of blindness.

Core Values:
 To create togetherness between various ophthalmic professional and to work for a common goal.
 To land for the professional managements and privileges of its members.
 To work towards the development of high standard ophthalmic services in Ethiopia.
 To support the promotion of scientific research and professional refinement in ophthalmology.
 To create public awareness of eye diseases as the prevention of blindness through seminars, pamphlets the
mass media, etc.
 To prepare forums for continued Medical Education (CME) for its members and associate members.
 To collaborate with sister societies and NGOs locally and internationally for exchange of scientific knowledge as
technology in the field of ophthalmology.

Ophthalmology in Ethiopia in Brief:
In Ethiopia, the prevalence of blindness and low vision is 1.6% and 3.7% respectively, representing one of the highest prevalence rates in Sub-Saharan Africa and the world. (National Survey on Blindness, Low Vision and Trachoma, 2006.)
According to 2017 reports, there are 142 general ophthalmologists including 20 subspecialists practicing in the country. Across Ethiopia, there are only 47 public secondary eye care units and four tertiary centers. Five Universities conduct training for eye health workers, including, Ophthalmologists, Optometrists and Cataract surgeons.
The Government of Ethiopia has recognized blindness as one of the major health problems of the country and has done its best in the past few years to address this situation. The government officially launched the VISION 2020: The Right to Sight Global Initiative in September 2002. The FMOH has developed four National Five-Year Eye Strategic Plans in line with V2020 activities. These tasks are coordinated through the national committee for the prevention of blindness (NCPB) chaired by FMOH and membership of the committee includes all relevant stakeholders.

WSPOS Chapters

President/Head: Dr. David Kasongole

President/Head: Akim Mashoko

President/Head: Dr. Ssali Grace

President/Head: Dr. Pradeepa K. Siriwardena; DO, MS, FRCS

President/Head: Dr Igor Aznauryan, MD, Dr. Sc., Prof

President/Head: Dr. Said Hussein Gedi, MD, Consultant Eye Surgeon

Polish Ophthalmological Society ChapterPolish Ophthalmological Society

President/Head: Prof. Iwona Grabska-Liberek

President/Head: Prof. Adedayo Omobolanle Adio

President/Head: Dr Suman Thapa, MD, PhD

President/Head: Chimgee Chuluunkhuu

President/Head: Dr. Gerald Msukwa

President/Head: Karima lamin Shalabi, MD

President/Head: Prim. Neda Striber, MD

President/Head: Prof. A.H.M. Enayet Hussain

President/Head: Prof. Elmar Qasimov

Algerian Ophthalmology Society ChapterAlgerian Ophthalmology Society

President/Head: Professor Ourida Ouhadj

President/Head: Dr. Dastagir Amiri MD, PGD, Ophthalmologist

WSPOS Member Societies

Israeli Orthoptic SocietyIsraeli Orthoptic Society

President/Head: Guy Barnett-Itzhaki

International Society for Genetic Eye Disease and Retinoblastoma (ISGEDR) SocietyInternational Society for Genetic Eye Disease and Retinoblastoma (ISGEDR)

President/Head: Birgit Lorenz

International Orthoptic Association SocietyInternational Orthoptic Association

President/Head: Jan Roelof Polling

President/Head: Osman Sevki



President/Head: Prof. Adriano Magli

President/Head: Jose Fernando Perez


President/Head: Professor Audrey Chia

President/Head: Dr. Norman Fajardo

President/Head: Dr Kenneth Choong-Sian Fong

President/Head: Dr Gerald W Zaidman

President/Head: Nataliya Pasyechnikova

President/Head: Prof Khin Ommar Khine

President/Head: Dr. Ahmed Abdullah Ahmed

President/Head: Dr. Essam Batayneh

President/Head: Sara Flodin

President/Head: Dr José Luis Güell

Britain and Ireland SocietyBritish and Irish Orthoptic Society (BIOS)


President/Head: Ons lahouimel

President/Head: Zia Mohammad

President/Head: Dr. Eduardo Chavez Mondragon

President/Head: Dr. Dipl.-Kfm. Philip Gass



President/Head: Dr Shuan Dai

President/Head: Alvit Wolf

President/Head: Hamzah Almajedi

President/Head: Prof. Natasa Vidovic Valentincic




President/Head: Dr.Shantha Balekudaru DNB

President/Head: Prof. Vinita Singh

President/Head: Dominique Bremond-Gignac

President/Head: G. Darius Hildebrand FRCS FRCOphth FEBO

President/Head: Lisbeth Sandfeld



President/Head: Levi Kandeke

President/Head: Dr Fabio Ejzenbaum

President/Head: Prof. Dr. Michael Schittkowski / Prof. Dr. Ina Sterker

President/Head: Adriana Solano

President/Head: Verônica Cardoso Alves

President/Head: Christopher Tinley; SOUTH AFRICA

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