Vision UK appoint two co-Chairs for the Vision UK Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) Committee

19 January 2020
Source: Vision UK

Vision UK are delighted to announce the appointment of Bhavini Makwana and Vision UK 2020 Year of Vision LogoAdam Mapani as co-Chairs of the Vision UK BAME Committee.

The aims of the Committee are to improve engagement and representation of people from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities within eye health and sight loss as patients, service users and professionals. Bhavini and Adam both bring a wealth of experience from their own backgrounds.

Bhavini has worked within the voluntary sector for many years and is currently Bhavani MakwanaEngagement Manager with London Vision. A position in which she uses her own personal experience of sight loss to work with local communities to break down barriers and provide support. Bhavini is a regular speaker at conferences, events and on national and local television and radio.

 

 

Adam, as Nurse Consultant Moorfields Eye Hospital and as a Clinical Teaching Adam MapaniFellow at UCL, has led on a variety of patient initiatives to improve services and better engage with patients of all backgrounds. Adam was featured on the Ophthalmologist Power List 2019 which honours 50 clinicians, scientists and engineers who have made a significant contribution to their field.

 

Adam said:
“I am delighted to have been appointed co-chair of the Vision UK BAME Committee. It is incredibly important to me that people from BAME backgrounds are well represented in all parts of the eye health sector, as well as helping people from BAME backgrounds to engage with eye health and sight loss services.”

Bhavini commented:
“I am incredibly excited to be taking on this role as the aims and objectives of the group are highly important to me, especially having faced some of the issues still challenging society. As someone with lived experience, I have a passion and drive to further engage with and raise awareness of sight loss to as many communities, eye health and sight loss professionals as possible. I would like to eliminate obstacles so that pathways to acceptance, signposting and accessing services are created, and language barriers are lifted.

It is great that Vision UK have identified the need for this as all blind and partially sighted people deserve the right to fully participate in society. I am looking forward to making a significant contribution to this group and working with a highly skilled team.”

 

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Notes for Editors

For more information about Vision UK please go to http://www.VisionUK.org.uk

• Vision UK is the independent partnership organisation which works with other organisations in the eye health and sight loss sector for the benefit of blind and partially sighted people, their communities and the general population including those at risk of sight loss.

• Vision UK is a member of the IAPB (International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness) and part of the VISION 2020: The Right to Sight initiative. This is an initiative led in partnership by the World Health Organization, and the International Agency for Prevention of Blindness, for the elimination of avoidable blindness. http://www.iapb.org/vision-2020

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