Hospital Board Member Honoured For Her Work In Fight Against Blindness

Victoria Sheffield
Friday, 5 November 2010

Hospital Board Member and International Eye Foundation President, Victoria Sheffield, has been presented with the prestigious Prince Abdulaziz Ahmad Al-Saud International Prevention of Blindness Award.

The award was given on October 17, 2010 at the opening session of the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) and the Middle East Africa Council of Ophthalmology (MEACO) joint meeting in Chicago.

The Prevention of Blindness Award recognizes an outstanding individual who has made a substantial contribution to the global fight against blindness and visual disability and helped to further MEACO’s mission to unite and strengthen the relationship of ophthalmologists and ophthalmic societies in the Middle East and Africa. Ms. Sheffield noted that “I am thrilled and humbled to be recognized in this way by my colleagues. The award also honours the International Eye Foundation and the motto of our founder, Dr. John Harry King, Jr. who felt that our collaborative work reflects the promotion of peace through the prevention of blindness. I’m extremely proud of MEACO’s achievements and the major role it now plays in elevating the standards of ophthalmology in the region”.  Ms. Sheffield received the award from the President of MEACO, Dr. Abdulaziz Al Rajhi.

Over a period of 38 years, Ms. Sheffield has worked across all regions of the world developing and executing eye care programs, providing training and conducting research. She is a leader in the sustainability approach to quality eye care in developing countries. A member of the AAO’s Global Outreach Committee, Ms. Sheffield is the author of numerous scientific articles and presentations. She holds leadership positions in the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness and the rank of Commander in The Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem. Ms Sheffield has lived in five countries on four continents, has travelled to 98 countries and has professional experience in 41 countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East, and Eastern Europe.

The award recognizes Ms. Sheffield’s significant contribution to the prevention of blindness and the restoration of sight in the developing world and especially in the Eastern Mediterranean Region and Africa.