Fatima Kyari is an ophthalmologist. Her ophthalmology training was at National Eye Centre, Kaduna where she worked for 15 years before joining the University of Abuja as pioneer academic faculty for its College of Health Sciences. She is currently the Coordinator for developing the College of Health Sciences, Baze University, Abuja.
She is also faculty for the MSc PHeC, teaching glaucoma, at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and the Public Health Ophthalmology module and the Basic Research and Dissertation course of the West African College of Surgeons (WACS).
Fatima had been an investigator and Team Lead on the Nigeria national survey on blindness and visual impairment. She was also a research degree fellow at LSHTM, where she obtained a PhD from the University of London; conducting research into epidemiology of glaucoma in Sub-Saharan Africa and determining ways of improving services for glaucoma care in low and middle income countries.
She is actively involved in outreach cataract surgical services and the development of glaucoma care programmes in Africa, with a long term goal of control of glaucoma blindness.
Her clinical interests include lasers in glaucoma, complex primary glaucomas and cataracts in patients with glaucoma. And lately, she has developed a keen interest in minimally invasive glaucoma surgery, as an additional option to improve the choices of glaucoma treatment in SubSaharan Africa.
In her voluntary role as the subregional Chair, West Africa (Anglophone) for the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB), Fatima has been involved in high level advocacy, influencing decision-makers on eye health policy and planning in Nigeria and Commonwealth countries.