Prof Srinath Reddy, President, Public Health Foundation of India gave the “Sir John Wilson Lecture” on the first day of the Assembly. Discussing Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) and their impact on global health, Prof Reddy highlighted the need for eye health to play a bigger role in the global NCDs framework. He exhorted the delegates to work towards positioning eye health in the wider health systems discourse, as vision loss is relevant to discussions on wider health implications of poverty, productivity, aging and a health systems framework that is more patient-centric.
IAPB instituted the Sir John Wilson Lecture in memory of this remarkable personality whose efforts in the cure and prevention of avoidable blindness led to the setting up of IAPB. The lecture was first delivered at the 7th General Assembly in Dubai, 2004. Previous speakers include Dr R Pararajasegaram and Prof Allen Foster.
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