News and notices. Comm Eye Health Vol. 18 No. 53 2005. March 01, 2005

Obituary Sister Ishikande Ndossi

It is with great regret that we report the death of Sister Ishikande Ndossi.

A former student at the International Centre for Eye Health, Sister Ndossi, completed the Diploma in Community Eye Health in 1995, generously supported by the Department for International Development (DFID) – then the Overseas Development Administration (ODA) – and also the British Council for the Prevention of Blindness (BCPB).

She first qualified as a registered general nurse and continued to work at Mvumi Hospital, Dodoma, Tanzania specialising in ophthalmic nursing. In 1988 Sister Ndossi began work with the Christoffel Blindenmission(CBM) on the Prevention of Blindness Programme, based at Afgooye, Somalia where her main responsibility was coordinating in-patient care. She later worked as Field Assistant with the Rombo Trachoma Research Project in Rombo District, Tanzania and most recently as Patient Counsellor at the Kilimanjaro Centre for Community Ophthalmology, Moshi.

Sister Ndossi, a wonderful human being who loved her family deeply, a dedicated ophthalmic nurse, respected by her colleagues and patients alike, and a faithful friend to many people, passed away on November 15, 2004 following a long illness which she bore so very bravely.

We remember her with much affection and convey our deepest sympathy to her parents, family and everyone whose lives she touched and who are saddened by her untimely death.

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