A dream to prevent blindness

The LSHTM Fund, supported by alumni and friends, enables talented students to study at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) to improve health and health equity for people around the world, regardless of their financial circumstances.

Sumit Grover

Dr Sumit Grover is a current student from Northern India with a passion for improving eye care. His work as an ophthalmologist in rural communities in India is what inspired him to pursue an MSc in Public Health for Eye Care at LSHTM. Sumit dreams of a world in which nobody is needlessly visually impaired, and where those with unavoidable vision loss can achieve their full potential.

Sumit is dedicated to developing better eye healthcare delivery systems in India to provide affordable services for everyone without compromise. However, studying at a postgraduate level in London was beyond reach for him. In order to be able to afford the cost of tuition and living in London, he needed financial support. Thanks to the generosity of alumni and friends, Sumit was awarded a scholarship to pursue an MSc in Public Health for Eye Care, helping him to
go on to change the lives of thousands of
people in his country.

" I would like to wholeheartedly thank all the kind donors for their generous support which helped me to stay in London to pursue this course. Please accept my heartfelt gratitude. Without this support, pursuing this course was impossible for me. In turn, I intend to help other students in future to achieve their dreams and to give back to my community."

Sumit Grover, MSc Public Health for Eye Care

India was the first country in the world to implement a blindness control programme to address blinding eye disease. However, with 133 million people blind or vision-impaired in India alone, it is vital to develop a force of eye care professionals to work in conjunction with ophthalmologists, to deliver comprehensive eye care.

The LSHTM Fund, along with co-funding from the Tijssen Foundation, supported Sumit to fulfil his dream to study at LSHTM. With the knowledge and skills he has gained at LSHTM, he has been empowered to return to his community to have a greater impact.

By supporting scholarships, donors help to deliver LSHTM's mission to improve health worldwide and transform lives. Since 2011, alumni and friends have donated over £850,000 to support essential scholarships, teaching and research. Scholarships remove the barriers to education for the next generation of global health leaders, like Sumit. Find out more about how you can support the next generation of health leaders.

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