Professor Kovin Naidoo, CEO of Brien Holden Vision Institute, has been awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters by the State University of New York (SUNY). The award recognises his work to expand access to eye care across the world.
Commenting on the award, Professor Brian Layland, Chair of Brien Holden Vision Institute, said Prof. Naidoo’s tireless efforts, over several decades have resulted in significant advances in the development of eye care for people in need.
“Kovin Naidoo has been a champion at all levels – firstly delivering eye care, establishing programs, securing funding, building research capacity and advocating strongly for this cause in Africa; then applying this strategic approach and his boundless energy to global efforts,” he said.
“Most recently, he has been the architect of the Our Children’s Vision campaign, a global collaboration of organisations focused on expanding access to eye health services for more children in more locations, which has so far reached around 20 million children.”
Prof. Naidoo said he was honoured to be recognised by such a prestigious institution. “I gratefully accept this award as not just a tribute to myself but to all the Brien Holden staff for their tireless work to make this world a better place – be it through translational research to create vision solutions or our public health and education efforts to expand access to eye care to everyone, everywhere,” he said.