Author: Drew Keys

Drew Keys

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

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…

24th China National Sight Day to be observed on June 6

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

6月6日中国第24个全国爱眼日活动敬请关注 All IAPB members and friends across China will be participating in activities to mark 24th China National Sight Day on June 6. Amongst those will be the activities carried out by Shanghai Eye Disease Prevention and Treatment Center (SEDPTC). Many readers will already be familiar with Big Eye, the SEDPTC mascot who teaches children…

Big Eyes Goes Global

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

With China National Sight Day fast approaching, attention continues to focus on the growth of myopia and the importance of strategies to combat the trend. Increased outdoor activity for children is one such mechanism and our colleagues at Shanghai Eye Disease Prevention and Treatment Center (SEDPTC) are at the forefront of research and awareness raising. …

Vanuatu Eye Clinic Launch

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

Valentine’s Day was a celebration of Vanuatu’s love for eye health – Port Vila saw the colourful launch of a state of the art eye clinic, developed by the Fred Hollows Foundation New Zealand. It couldn’t have been more appropriate timing given the return to the islands of Dr Johnson Kasso the first ni-Vanuatu trained…

IAPB WPR Focus: Quarter one in the Western Pacific region

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

No doubt everybody agrees it has been a busy and productive start to 2019, with many activities and much great work already underway throughout the Western Pacific. We have enjoyed interacting with many of you already in Quarter One and look forward to further contact and sharing throughout the year. With that in mind be…

2018 in Review: IAPB Western Pacific

Regional Program Manager, Western Pacific
Organisation: International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness
“But what are you doing here?” I got this question a lot as I wrote this, sitting in the Mongolian capital, Ulan Baatar (UB), where it was -27 degrees outside! “We’ve never had a meeting in December. Nobody comes in December!” And really, indeed - why would I come here in December? Simply: because this meeting…