Lindsay Hampejsková on behalf of IRD Global
To conduct weekly ROP screening in neonatal units across Chattogram in Bangladesh
In Bangladesh 19% of babies are born prematurely and 22% are born with low birth weight (<2,500g). Retinopathy of prematurity (ROP), a condition affecting preterm, low birth weight infants, has been found to affect as many as 40% of preterm infants in Bangladesh. However, screening for ROP is highly opportunistic in Bangladesh, with limited screening for ROP in all neonatal units across Bangladeshi hospitals, and a total number of trained ophthalmologists estimated to be four per million of the population, compared to 59 per million population in the US.
This initiative therefore aims to conduct weekly ROP screening in neonatal units across Chattogram in Bangladesh. By training technical staff and procuring a neo pediatric camera, the project will telescreen premature newborns for ROP by interacting with an online platform where patient images will be reviewed and departments/care providers notified if an infant requires further follow up by ROP treatment sites.