Author: Drew Keys

Drew Keys

Regional Program Manager, Western Pacific
Organisation: International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness

Save the date: Western Pacific webinars

Regional Program Manager, Western Pacific
Organisation: International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness

Some webinars will be coming up specifically for the West Pac region. Western Pacific Region Members’ Webinar on Integrated People Centred Eye Care, Thursday October 29 Western Pacific Region Members’ Webinar on ECSAT, Thursday November 26. Webinar with Australian of the Year, Ophthalmologist and IAPB Member Dr James Muecke, Thursday November 12.   More information…

Highlighting Singapore Eye Research Institute

Regional Program Manager, Western Pacific
Organisation: International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness

Many of you are aware of the world-leading activities undertaken by our Singapore-based member SERI – particularly their ground-breaking research and work in the technology sector. Of course, as we move into the latter part of 2020, SERI was also expecting to play host to GA2020. COVID may have disrupted our 2020 plans, but not…

China Offers a Glimpse of a Return to Normality

Regional Program Manager, Western Pacific
Organisation: International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness

China National Sight Day. Many of you will have seen the stories from our members in China, celebrating June 6. For those who didn’t get a chance, please have a look at the activities and events carried out by our members including Shanghai Eye Disease Prevention and Treatment Centre, ZOC and He Vision Experts. China…

IAPB WPR Focus: Editorial September 2020

Regional Program Manager, Western Pacific
Organisation: International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness

From the Physically Distanced Desks of Amanda and Drew… The Coronavirus Crisis continues to challenge the Region including in our world of vision and eye health. For many of us it means the inability to travel and meet, to share latest developments or promote achievements and breakthroughs. For too many of the people served by…

China: World Report on Vision Launch

Regional Program Manager, Western Pacific
Organisation: International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness

This afternoon in Beijing, the National Prevention of Blindness Committee of the National Health Commission hosted the 2020 National Eye Health Meeting, incorporating the China Launch of the WHO World Report on Vision. As has become the norm in 2020, today’s event was held virtually, but nevertheless with a wide audience; as well as all…

He Eye Specialist Hospital convenes China-Africa Cooperation Forum

Regional Program Manager, Western Pacific
Organisation: International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness

On the sidelines of the World Ophthalmology Congress, He Eye Specialists convened the third Eye Health Forum on China-Africa Cooperation. As is the norm now for 2020, this was a virtual meeting and yet that did nothing to diminish the enthusiasm of the 1000+ registered participants or the calibre of invited speakers. Co-chaired by Orbis,…

Dr D’Esposito joins WHO WPRO

Regional Program Manager, Western Pacific
Organisation: International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness

Dr Fabrizio D’Esposito has this week started as Technical Advisor to WHO West Pacific Regional Office. This short term consultancy is to evaluate the eye health programmes in the region and to contribute to the eye health section of the new regional NCD framework. IAPB is delighted that WHO has continued to support this position,…

Glaucoma Q&A with Dr Kham Od Nouansavanh

Regional Program Manager, Western Pacific
Organisation: International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness

For World Glaucoma Week, Drew Keys does a Q&A with Dr Kham Od Nouansavanh, the only glaucoma specialist practicing in Laos. Where do you work and what do you do? I work as an ophthalmologist at the National Ophthalmology Centre (NOC) in Vientiane, the capital of Laos. Currently, I am the only glaucoma specialist, who is…

IAPB Members Launch the World Report in Strategic Western Pacific Countries

Regional Program Manager, Western Pacific
Organisation: International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness

World Report on Vision Launch Canberra The November 26 Parliamentary Friends Group for Eye Health and Vision Care Dinner was held in the Gallery at Parliament House Canberra, hosted by Vision 2020 Australia and attended by two dozen politicians bridging the political divide. Guest of Honour was IAPB CEO Peter Holland, who launched the World…

2019 Year-end Wrap: Korea

Regional Program Manager, Western Pacific
Organisation: International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness

This will be remembered as the year when the Korean members of IAPB joined the ranks of  the regional leaders in eye health. Aside from Australia, Korea now has more members than any country in the Western Pacific; members who are active right across the region and beyond. World Report on Vision Launch in Seoul…

2019 in Review: Highlights from IAPB Western Pacific

Regional Program Manager, Western Pacific
Organisation: International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness
Looking back over 2019, it’s impossible not to also look ahead to 2020. The pivotal year that many of us have been working towards throughout our career in the eye health sector, is almost upon us. It’s only fitting that our members and stakeholders are keeping one eye on the future and that they expect…

Optometry Showcased in the Philippines

Regional Program Manager, Western Pacific
Organisation: International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness

Mid-June saw the Asia Pacific Optometry Congress held on the shores of Manila Bay, once again hosted by the Philippines. This regional derivative of Group A IAPB Members, World Council of Optometry, brought together representatives from over 30 countries, with a particular focus on the rise of Myopia in the region. Participants were encouraged to…

PacEyes – Another Successful Conference in Suva

Regional Program Manager, Western Pacific
Organisation: International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness

At the end of June, PacEyes held its biannual conference at the Holiday inn Hotel in Suva. From its inception in 2004, the organisation has gone from strength to strength, celebrating with a packed programme of activities and a gala birthday dinner. Fittingly, this was the largest  PacEyes yet with 140 registrants from countries across…

Celebrating China National Sight Day: A round-up

Regional Program Manager, Western Pacific
Organisation: International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness

“We have fifteen doctor, twenty three eye nurses and two technicians. But we only have one professor, so we’re just a small provincial hospital,” laments Dr Wang as he tours me around the Dali Hospital in Western Yunnan. “That’s why we’re so happy you came to visit us, so that people will know that anyway…

IAPB Western Pacific: Stronger Together

Regional Program Manager, Western Pacific
Organisation: International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness

“We have fifteen doctor, twenty three eye nurses and two technicians. But we only have one professor, so we’re just a small provincial hospital,” laments Dr Wang as he shows me around the Dali Hospital in Western Yunnan. “That’s why we’re so happy you came to visit us, so that people will know that anyway…