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HISTORY OF BANGLADESH GLAUCOMA SOCIETY

Bangladesh Glaucoma Society (BGS) has been established to facilitate contact between Glaucoma Specialists in all over the country, to encourage research and service projects, to increase the opportunities for spreading knowledge and skill in this rapidly advancing field, and to assist out comprehensive ophthalmologist to be up to date with advancement in all aspects of glaucoma diagnosis and management.

Glaucoma is one of the major cause of blindness in Bangladesh. The vision of Bangladesh Glaucoma Society is to promote the best possible wellbeing and minimal glaucoma induced visual disability in individuals within an affordable health care system.

BANGLADESH GLAUCOMA SOCIETY - LOOKING BEHIND

A Tale of a Glaucoma Society – How it was born?

2007

July 18, 2007, 11 am with some opthalmologist of Bangladesh I was observing the Global Assembly of 2nd World Glaucoma Congress (WGC) at SUNTEC Hall, Singapore. Sitting at the back in a very big auditorium asked the organizers – Can’t we sit in the front row?  Ans: Sorry those are reserved for the representatives of the members of Different glaucoma society who are the members of World Glaucoma Society. Became deeply shocked.  Question came to my mind How can I take my country to such a prestigious place?

During 5 days stay in the conference I talked to many International Glaucoma Leaders , like International Association of Glaucoma Societies President Prof. Ivan Goldberg ( Sydney ) , Prof. Robert Ritch (New York) . Dr. L. Vijaya ( India) ,JoefryLeibman (New York), and others _ How can we form a glaucoma society in Bangladesh & How can we be affiliated with World Glaucoma Association?

Came back home . At that period I was the Joint Secretary General of Opthalmological Society of Bangladesh. Took  the advantage. In a meeting of OSB  proposed to form a Subspeciality Society in Bangladesh  named “Glaucoma Society “ .

Honorabele Adviser to the Prime Minister, Peoples Republic of Bangladesh for Health And Social Welfare Prof. Sayed Modassar Ali was the President of OSB at that time & presiding the meeting. He asked me to organize a Glaucoma Society in Bangladesh along with Prof. M Mustafizur Rahman, Prof. Sk M.A. Mannaf& others.

 

 

 

 

On October 03, 2007 Prof. M. Mustafizur Rahman convened a meeting at a local restaurant at Dhanmondi, Dhaka to form the Glaucoma Society in Bangladesh.

Twenty-eight OSB members along with Prof. Syed Modasser Ali was present in that meeting. The society was formed and named as “Bangladesh Glaucoma Society” (BGS). All that twenty-eight members are now designated as founder members of the BGS. Nineteen member’s executive committee was formed with Prof. M. Mustafizur Rahman as president. Prof. Sk. M.A Mannaf President elect, Prof. Syed Maruf Ali Secretary General and myself as a Treasurer.

 
 

2008

We observed the World Glaucoma Day 2008 on 6 March as a new society. On that day we had colorful Rally from Shahbagh National Museum to Press Club and also hold press conference and discussion on Glaucoma at the Conference Hall of the Press Club.

2009

In 2009, we also observed the World Glaucoma Day on 12 March. This time we had rally from Shahid Suhrawardy Hospital to National Institute of Ophthalmology. We also held press conference and a seminar on Glaucoma at a local restaurant, Dhanamondi, Dhaka. Prof. Syed Modasser Ali was kind enough to be the chief guest in that seminar. Some Journalists and Glaucoma patient attended to this meeting and there was a QA session on Glaucoma.

In an EC meeting of BGS, responsibility was given to me  to communicate and to get affiliation with the World Glaucoma Association, so that we can attend the 3rd World Glaucoma Congress. Within 3 months we got the affiliation of the WGA and got opportunity to attend the 3rd WGC, in USA

on July 8-11, 2009 as a member country.

For unavoidable reason President and Secretary General of BGS could not attend the meeting, but myself along with Dr. Muhammad Ziaul Karim and Dr. MA Karim attended the congress. They presented our society poster in the congress describing our activities.

Our poster was highly appreciated by the organizers. The Global Assembly of all the National Glaucoma Society started at 1.30 pm, July 08, 2009 at the Hynes Convention Centre at Boston, USA. This time the name of our society and our National Flag was placed in the middle of the 1st row. Dr. M A Karim and myself took our reserved seats.

After opening of the assembly by President Dr. Remo Susanna, Dr. Tarek Shaarawy came to introduce the new national glaucoma societies. He informed that 10 new glaucoma society was formed by the last 2 years. He declared the name in alphabetical order. So, the first name he declared was “Bangladesh Glaucoma Society”. They stood up and paid respect to all members present. It was truly our utmost satisfaction that we could be an active member of the World Glaucoma Association family and we could represent our country in an world assembly.

 

In December 2009, we had EC meeting and election in the society. Prof. Sk. M.A Mannaf became the president, Prof. Syed Maruf Ali President elect and I became the General Secretary.

This year we celebrated  World Glaucoma Day (WGD) on 12 March. From this year World Glaucoma Association (WGA) and World Glaucoma Patient Association started to celebrate World Glaucoma Week from 7-13 March . President of the Ophthalmological Society of Bangladesh Prof. Ava Hossain inaugurated the week from National Institute of Ophthalmology, Dhaka. This year we distributed posters, leaflets, banners to aware our general people about glaucoma blindness. Special talks were given to Radio & TV. There was a discussion meeting with doctors, nurse’s glaucoma patients & journalists at the auditorium of National Institute of Ophthalmology, Dhaka.

2010

In the new committee we had EC meeting every two months along with CME programs. We also had a very successful and an extra ordinary EC meeting with CME program at Sirajgonj North Bengal Medical College in August 2010 by the invitation and help of our respectable Adviser Prof. M.A. Matin. This year BGS started it’s annual conference and 1st Annual National Conference of BGS was held on 18th December , 2010 at Dhaka Sheraton Hotel.

2011

In July 2011, Eleven member of Bangladesh Glaucoma Society attended the 4th World Glaucoma Congress held at Paris. Our society displayed a colorful poster in the Congress. Our members presented their oral papers in the congress. We observed WGW in March and WGD on12th March 2011. 

2012

On 21 January 2012 ,2nd National Conference of BGS was held at Ruposhi Bangla Hotel. More than 300 eye & glaucoma specialists attended the conference. New executive committee was formed. Prof. Syed Maruf Ali became the President of the society.  Me as President Elect and Prof. Md. Mizanur Rahman as General Secretary. On March 2012 BGS celebrated the World Glaucoma Day and Week. To aware our general population about glaucoma leaflets, posters, banners were published. Rally was held by members of the society. A seminar was also held in a local restaurant. Glaucoma specialist, Eye specialist, glaucoma patients and journalists attended the seminar. The CME program of the society is being held regularly. On 2nd June 2012 CME on Glaucoma surgery was held at a local hotel in Sylhet where Late Prof. M A Matin attended as Chief Guest. On 13 June 2012 we lost our respected Adviser Prof. M A Matin.

Our main objectivity increase awareness regarding glaucoma , prevent blindness for  glaucoma, to improve treatment, to do research on glaucoma.We did it  with a great success a large number of  people of Bangladesh now well aware of Glaucoma .  We believe BGS will be successful one day when no patient will be blind from Glaucoma in Bangladesh.

2013

The 3rd Annual National Conference was held on 12 January, 2013. Four CME was held throughout the year 2013. On 16th March 2013 observed WGD.Glaucoma management protocol, Survey protocol has been prepared in this year.A training fund has been created sponsored by Aristovision.  Prof. SK Mannafis the Chairman of the committee and helping young eye specialist who want training in glaucoma. Published two volume of BGS Journal “JBGS”.  

On 17-20 July 2013, 12 members of BGS attended 5th WGC at Vancouver in Canada. BGS members also presented papers at the country society organized seminar in the WGC.

2014

4th Annual National Conference was held on 19th April, 2014 at Ruposhi Bangla Hotel , Dhaka.

In the same year 5th Annual national Conference was held on 25th December 2014 at the specialized floating “Ship Surovi 7 “. This year, we lost our founder President Prof .M.Mustafizur Rahman on 1st July, 2014.

2015

Round the year 2015 BGS has done 2 monthly EC meeting and Scientific Symposium in different districts of Bangladesh. Celebrated WGW by free screening camp, rally, awareness program, press conference. radio television talk 0n 14th March 2015, BGS hold 3 symposiums & workshop on Glaucoma Management Protocol.

From this year BGS started International Conference with good no of speakers. Two days 6th Annual National Conference & 1st International Glaucoma Meeting was held at Bangabandhu International Conference Center (BICC), Dhaka, Bangladesh on 11-12th December. Three hundred and fifty eye specialist from home and abroad participated in the international meeting.

2016

Monthly EC meeting, 4 monthly EEC meeting with Scientific Symposium done throughout the year. 6-12 March we observed WGW. throughout the whole country. In February, 2016 a team of 9 members of BGS attended AIOC at Kolkata. 

A BGS team attended the WGC at Hong Kong. Regional CME held at Chittagong at Raddisson Hotel 22 September, 2016

Glaucoma society members attended Global ophthalmology & Glaucoma Conference at, Kualalampur on October’16. Prof. M. Nazrul Islam, Dr. Zakia Sultana Shahid and Dr. Ashraful Haque were speakers in the meeting. As an invited speaker Prof M Nazrul Islam attended and spoke in American Academy of Ophthalmology 2016 conference at Chicago. In all these conference BGS members presented Papers, posters in different topics of glaucoma.  On 15 th December, 2016 7th Annual National Conference was held at BICC Dhaka.

2017

Observed WGW 2017 in March; 2017. Organized CME at Sonargaon, Workshop, EC meeting and all regular society works. 

In July 2017, a large group of BGS members attended the WGC at Helsinki, Finland. 

 

2018

Two days 8th Annual National Conference &  2nd  International Glaucoma Meeting was held at Bangabandhu International Conference Center, Dhaka , Bangladesh on 12 – 13 January, 2018.

BGS 9th Annual National conference 2018 was held at Cox’s Bazar. St. Martin’s Island tour was organized after the conference.

2019

Observed WGW 10th- 16th March 2019. Two days 3rd International Glaucoma Meeting &10th Annual National Conference was held at Bangabandhu International Conference Center, Dhaka, Bangladesh on 20-21 December 2019 A large team of BGS members attended 8th WGC in March, 2019 at Melbourne, Australia.

2020

The year 2020 started as usual and BGS hold it’s World Glaucoma Week and Day in March 2nd week and successfully done Glaucoma screening program, Seminar, Rally and Press Conference. Then due to Covid 19 pandemic lockdown, all CME was stopped till May’20. Zoom EC meeting held time to time throughout the Covid -19 due to Pandemic situation.

International Webinar was held on 22 August, 2020 where internationally reputed surgeons including Dr. Ike Ahmed (Canada), Dr. Tanuj Dada (India) and Dr. ChelvinSng (Singapore) were the invited Faculty. It was a highly popular webinar on Glaucoma Surgical Update and 6700 doctors watched the webinar from different part of world.