Oak Brook, Illinois, USA — Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) and the Pan-American Association of Ophthalmology (PAAO) are pleased to announce Dr. Andrea Araújo Zin of Brazil as the winner of the annual Lions/PAAO Award in Blindness Prevention.
Dr. Andrea Araújo Zin, IAPBLA ROP Chair, is a pediatric ophthalmologist with more than ten years of leadership experience in the field of childhood blindness prevention in Brazil and Latin America.
Within Brazil, she is the medical director of the Instituto Catarata Infantil in Rio de Janeiro where she has under her care up to 100 children with infantile cataract at a time.
Dr. Araujo Zin has implemented training programs in the screening and treatment of retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) in neonatal units throughout the state of Rio de Janeiro, and has trained as many as 1,000 neonatal nurses in ROP prevention. Additionally, she is coordinator of the World Health Organization Collaborative Center for the Prevention of Childhood Blindness at the Instituto Fernandes Figueira in Rio de Janeiro, where she also maintains a position as assistant researcher to the neonatology department.
Internationally, Dr. Andrea Araújo Zin is a coordinator of the Childhood Blindness Subcommittee of the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness in Latin America, and a consultant for childhood blindness of the Pan American Health Organization.
She has published 15 scientific articles and 9 book chapters, all related to childhood blindness. Dr. Araújo Zin will be presented the US$1,000 award during the Pan-American Association of Ophthalmology’s Congress in Rio de Janeiro in August 2013.
The Lions/PAAO Award in Blindness Prevention was created to recognize excellence in the field of blindness prevention. The award will be presented on an annual basis to an ophthalmologist of the host country of the PAAO Regional Course or Congress to celebrate local efforts in blindness prevention.
The award is made possible through the LCIF SightFirst program and consists of a US$1,000 grant and a travel budget.
“We are honored to award this grant to Dr. Araújo Zin. Her efforts in preserving sight, especially for children, are admirable,” said Wing-Kun Tam, Chairperson of LCIF. “Through SightFirst, Lions and LCIF have long worked together to save sight and prevent blindness around the world. I believe that Lions’ efforts, along with the hard work of ophthalmologists like Dr. Araújo Zin, are truly creating a positive change in the world of sight.”