One in four million

Dr Mariya Nazish Memon is one in a million. Actually, as the sole paediatric ophthalmologist in the city of Hyderabad in Pakistan’s Sindh Province, she’s one in four million!

Dr Memon has just finished three months observation at The Children’s Hospital Westmead in Sydney as part of a fellowship in paediatric ophthalmology with the support of The Fred Hollows Foundation.

The quickly-spoken Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at Hyderabad Hospital comes from a family of doctors - three uncles and two aunts studied medicine, providing strong role models for the 40-year-old.

There is little doubt that this mother of four relates well to children. Within moments of entering the clinic at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead she was making a young boy smile. She is looking forward to applying some of her experiences from working at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead to back in her home town.

“I just want to improve my health system and the main thing we are deficient on is the community focus. Here, I really like the team work in the hospital. Here, all the sub-specialties are interlinked. In our country we have to refer patients to another hospital and often they will come back without a summary of notes.”