The World Health Organization (WHO) has recognized Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology (TIO), an implementing body of the Nepal Eye Program, as its Collaborating Centre for Ophthalmology in Nepal.
Joining over 800 collaborating centres in over 80 WHO Member States, TIO is the second institute in Nepal to receive this designation (after SAARC Tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS Centre) but the first Nepalese health agency to receive the recognition.
Such collaborating centres are designated by the WHO Director-General to carry out activities in support of the Organization's programmes. TIO was chosen as it was a model example of conducting academia, research, treatment, and training in the country.
TIO will now collaborate with WHO in providing quality formulation and implementation of eye care service delivery, ophthalmic research, and educate qualified human resources in the field of ophthalmology. This move aims to alleviate the suffering caused by blindness in Nepal, and fulfill the vision of “Prosperous Nepal, Happy Nepalis” set by the Government of Nepal.