ICO International Fellowship Program –
Support for Ophthalmologists from Developing Countries in Germany
The ICO Fellowship Program was founded in 2000 on the recommendation of the then ICO Treasurer Prof. Balder P. Gloor, Zurich/Switzerland. Due to his dedication and hard work, more than 585 have been supported through 2011.
The ICO International Fellowship Program offers three-month trainings at internationally leading ophthalmology departments to promising young ophthalmologists from developing nations. ICO Fellows are taught the latest methods of diagnosis and therapy in a predefined subspecialty and are given the opportunity to improve their practical skills and broaden their perspectives of ophthalmology. They are expected to bring their acquired knowledge and skills back to their native countries and participate in programs to preserve vision and prevent blindness.
The growing financial support for the program in Germany made it necessary to found a Germany-based charitable association and so the International Ophthalmological Fellowship Foundation was founded in March 2007. Under the leadership of Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Gottfried O.H. Naumann, almost US$ 260.000 have been raised in three years. The donations made by Dieter Mann GmbH, Heidelberg Engineering GmbH, Carl Zeiss Meditec AG, Rotary Club Straubing and private donors amount to 10 per cent of the total budget of the ICO International Fellowship Program in 2011.
Detailed information on the ICO International Fellowship Program is available on www.icoph.org/fellow.