Indonesia again listed its name at the international awards event. This time the award came from the 34th Annual Congress of the Asia Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology (APAO) held in Bangkok, Thailand, 6-8 March 2019. The 2019 International Distinguished Service Award was received directly by the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Hasanuddin University (Unhas), Professor Budu.
Prof. Budu expressed gratitude for the award achieved. He claimed he did not expect or even had a special preparation for this achievement. “I was once asked to send a curriculum vitae, as far as I know, some of my colleagues were also asked the same thing. Apparently, the special committee was monitoring each candidate,” Budu said in a written statement on Saturday (03/09/2019).
The award is a proud thing for academics. The special committee formed by APAO monitors all aspects of each candidate, especially contributions to institutions, community service, research, and service, especially in the field of ophthalmology.
It is known, APAO is a professional organization specializing in Asia Pacific eye health, consisting of academics and practitioners across countries. Every year, they give awards to members who are strictly selected based on contributions in the field of eye health and health education in general.
Budu, who is also the Chairperson of the Association of Indonesian Ophthalmologists Association in South Sulawesi in collaboration with local government and the private sector, is known to play an active role in combating cataract blindness. Every year, hundreds of cataract patients are operated on. Although busy, he still carries out the obligation as an academic to research and writes articles in scientific journals.
“Apparently all of my activities were monitored by the APAO assessment committee. This is not only an achievement but also a form of greater responsibility. I thank you for the support of various parties, both directly and indirectly,” he said.
Head of the Unhas Public Relations and Public Information Sub-Directorate, Ishaq Rahman, said that Budu in the last 20 years has been known to have devoted himself in the field of education and eye and visual health services. In the academic field, his career crawled from curriculum innovation staff in the Faculty of Medicine to become a dean there.
Budu, said Ishaq, was busy working as a lecturer, while still actively providing health services at the hospital, both patient and surgical examinations. In the field of community service, Budu is active in the Blindness Fighting program in eastern Indonesia, namely volunteerism-based efforts to combat blindness.
At the same event at the 34th Annual Congress, the Asia Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology (AFAO) also presented an award to the Minister of Health, Nila Moeloek. Nila will be awarded the 2019 Home Lecture Awards because of its contribution to global health development and supporting eye health care programs in the Asia Pacific region.
APAO acknowledges the contribution of the active role of Nila Moeloek, including members of the Board Maternal, New Born and Child Health WHO, members of the WHO Executive Board, and members of the Board Eat Forum. In addition, Nila is also considered successful in encouraging increased access to health services in remote areas and islands.