Off the Beaten Track: Tosin Smith
Tosin Smith and her work in Africa – and beyond
Tosin Smith | | Quick Read
What are the most remote locations you’ve worked in?
I’ve done mission work in Africa for over 15 years. I tend to go on two types of trips: either the kind where I treat patients, or the kind where I train doctors. We hold symposia and surgical training, and help create alliances with important companies within the industry, so that they can thrive after we’ve left. Last year we went to the Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology in Kathmandu, Nepal and partnered with them, training close to 100 ophthalmologists from all over the country. We also collaborated with the Eye Foundation Hospital in Lagos and Glaucoma Society of Nigeria in a similar model to train local doctors, with the hope they will return to their home regions with the additional skill to treat patients and help train the other ophthalmologists. A lot of the companies have been supportive of our cause. They understand that if you train someone in a particular region, that effect will trickle down and, ultimately, help everyone. Teaching is one of the most important things you can do because it potentially impacts the whole nation.
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