To act as the representative of the optometrists in Botswana in their dealings with the government, Botswana Health Professions Council, Medical aids, and other relevant organizations or parties
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Membership is open to Optometrists and Opticians who are registered with the Botswana Health Professions Council.
Only members who are registered and paid-up all dues in full shall have the right to vote and to hold office in the Association.
Evolution of Optometry In Botswana
My desire to deal with conditions that affect the human eye stared in 1988 when I was doing my Tirelo Sechana (National Service) in Tshane. While there, I used to see eye care personnel coming all the way from Lobatse and Gaborone coming to do outreach at Hukuntsi Primary Hospital and I told myself that one day I will have to be counted as one of eyecare professionals in Botswana.
During our times, career guidance was not as developed as it is today, we had to do some research on our own regarding careers. So, after some research I settled for Optometry. Government had offered me scholarship to do dentistry but I chose to stick to my first choice-Optometry. After completing my part one BSc at University of Botswana, I was admitted at the University of Auckland in New Zealand to pursue Bachelor of Optometry. After completing, I come back home as the first Motswana to graduate as an Optometrist. I have also attained a Degree of Master of Public Health with University of Liverpool in the UK.
On my return home in 1996 I found a group dedicated professionals, most of whom were working in the private sector. Only the government funded mission hospital in Mochudi (Deborah Retief Memorial Hospital, DRM) offered ophthalmic services which included refraction services. It was therefore befitting that in 1997 a group of optometrists, opticians and owners of “optical practice” (as they were called then) gathered at DRM to establish an association called Botswana Optical Association. One of the aims of this association was to advance the interests of both the registered Health Professionals (Optometrists and Opticians) as well as those of the owners of “optical outlets” who were mainly business people who did not have a health professions qualification.
In 2007, Botswana Optical Association collaborated with other Eye Care Health Professions including Ophthalmologists and Ophthalmic Nurses to further advance ophthalmic issues in Botswana. This collaboration resulted in the formation of a body called Botswana Eye Care Providers Society whose some of objectives were:
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BOA Founding Member
First fully qualified Optometrist to arrive in Botswana in early 1990, Sushil Kumar felt the need of creating public awareness on what Optometrist do. As the ranks of Optometrist and related cadres swelled an Optical Association was formed called BOA. This Association was duly registered, constitution was formed and office bearers in terms of the constitution were elected. BOA had various cadres of Eye Care Professionals e.g. Optometrists, Dispensing Opticians and Ophthalmic Assistants. Sushil Kumar was instrumental in forming the association and chairing for 10 years
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