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For Immediate Release April 9, 2019:
Madison, WI– Combat Blindness International is excited to announce that Reena Chandra Rajpal, MPH, will assume the role of Executive Director starting in April. Reena currently serves as the President of CBI’s Board of Directors. She will continue this role as she assumes the Executive Director role. Reena was the Director of Development for the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Nursing at the Wisconsin Foundation and Alumni Association. Prior to this, she was the Director of Development at Combat Blindness International for 6 years and joined the CBI Board of Directors in 2013. Reena brings with her 18 years of experience in strategic planning, development, grant making, and management for nonprofit organizations, higher education, and international NGOs.
Reena is excited to help continue CBI’s legacy of alleviating preventable blindness and serving those less fortunate, saying, “Combat Blindness International has been in my heart and soul since I was a little girl. CBI’s ability to help so many people around the world for so little is incredible. For $25, you can give someone their whole world back. That, to me, is impact, and I’m proud to be a part of this organization.”
Combat Blindness International was established by Dr. Suresh Chandra in 1984. The organization’s mission is to eliminate preventable blindness worldwide by providing sustainable, equitable solutions for sight through partnerships and innovation. CBI currently has international projects in India, Paraguay, Gambia, Botswana, and the United States. To date, they have provided over 360,000 cataract surgeries and screened over 2 million men, women, and children for eye conditions. Domestically, CBI partners with Madison School District and UW-Madison Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences to provide screenings and glasses for children and adults who couldn’t otherwise afford optometric and ophthalmological care.
Combat Blindness International (CBI) is a 501(c)(3) dedicated to eliminating preventable blindness worldwide by providing sustainable, equitable solutions for sight through partnerships and innovation. Founded in 1984 by Dr. Suresh Chandra, Emeritus Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, CBI partners with indigenous hospitals and health systems to screen and treat adults and children suffering from avoidable blindness and increase access to ophthalmic and cataract care internationally. In addition, CBI serves as an incubator for programs and partnerships with the goal of creating sustainable capacity and infrastructure globally and educating and training technicians and ophthalmologists to increase the health care workforce in partner countries. Over the last 35 years, CBI has supported projects in 15 countries on 4 continents including in India, Botswana, Paraguay, Brazil, Kenya, Gambia, Philippines, Vietnam, Myanmar, Lebanon, South Africa, Nigeria, Mali, Namibia, and the United States. Combat Blindness International also serves as council member of Vision 2020: Right to Sight—a global joint initiative of the World Health Organization (WHO) and International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB).