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Johns Hopkins: Alumna Featured in Madison Magazine for New Role as Executive Director of Nonprofit “Combat Blindness International”

Ms. Reena Chandra Rajpal, an alumna of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, is featured in an article in Madison Magazine about Combat Blindness International, the nonprofit her ophthalmologist father, Dr. Suresh Chandra, founded 35 years ago to combat blindness across the globe.

Ms. Chandra Rajpal, who received a Master of Public Health from the Bloomberg School in 1998, assumed the role of executive director of Combat Blindness earlier this year. Her father had previously held the position.Since its founding Combat Blindness has performed some 370,000 cataract surgeries in 15 countries on four continents.

The article recounts how her father, a native of India who has been with the University of Wisconsin-Madison since 1974, came up with the idea of treating patients for cataracts, a relatively inexpensive procedure that is out of reach for many around the world. Over the years, Ms. Chandra Rajpal accompanied her father on trips and served on the board of Combat Blindness.

Closer to home, Combat Blindness assists the University of Wisconsin’s department of ophthalmology’s Right to Sight clinic, which serves patients referred from local community health centers, including providing vision screening for between four and five thousand children in the Madison Metropolitan School District. 

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