Dr. Jorjeta Machkalyan, 77, is the sole ophthalmologist at Berd Medical Center, which means she serves 17 different communities and sees about 20 patients a day on average. Until recently, she had been using equipment from the Soviet era. Her most essential tool, in fact, a 45-year-old slit lamp—an illuminated microscope that is essential for any eye doctor—recently stopped working a few months ago.
“We were at a loss,” she said.
Our Breaking the Cycle of Poverty Program (BCPP) then stepped in to provide Dr. Machkalyan with a brand-new slit lamp. She learned even more about its capabilities during her four-week participation with the CME program in Yerevan, through which she was brought up to date on the latest advances in ophthalmology.