Author: Drew Keys

Drew Keys

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

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…

IAPB WPR Focus: Editorial November 2018

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

Hi everyone, Moving into the home-stretch for 2019, IAPB Western Pacific has doubled-down on efforts to address some of our members’ key priorities in eye health. Together with WHO and the Malaysian Ministry of Health, we held a Cataract Surgery Outcomes Meeting in Kuala Lumpur during September; as you read this we are holding another…

World Sight Day 2018 celebrations in the Western Pacific

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

For World Sight Day 2018, activities were held right across the region, proving this year’s theme “Eye Care Everywhere” has never been more apt. In the UK World Sight Day was trending on twitter – a terrific effort from the IAPB Comms team. Of course, the sun rises on WSD out here in the Western…

Launch of Korean Eye Care Working Group

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

On World Sight Day 2018, Korean members of IAPB launched a Korean Eye Care working group. October 11, saw the first meeting of the Korean Eye Care Working Group, organized by IAPB Members Severance University (many of you will know them as Project BOM) and hosted by the Korean Ophthalmology Society (KOS). Increasingly evident across the…

Eye Care Everywhere For PNG

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

In Papua New Guinea (PNG) there are so many activities associated with World Sight Day that events typically stretch throughout the month. This October was no different, culminating in a plethora of activities during the last week of the month. There was a Trachoma Action Planning Workshop led by the Fred Hollows Foundation Australia, a…

China 2nd National Eye Health Conference

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

IAPB Dialogue – The Belt & Road Initiative: Forging New and Improved Partnerships China’s National Institute of Hospital Administration (NIHA) held the 2nd National Eye Health Conference in the ancient city of Hefei, capital of Anhui Province.  On Friday August 24, IAPB partners and friends joined in a session to discuss the Belt and Road…

Shanghai Eye Disease Prevention and Treatment Centre launch music festival for World Sight Day

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

On the occasion of World Sight Day, 2018, IAPB Group A Member, Shanghai Eye Disease Prevention and Treatment Centre launched the Shanghai Outdoor Music Festival which will be held in the Central Park on Saturday November 24. This initiative is driven by the need for children and young adults to spend more time outdoors to…

Western Pacific Cataract Surgery Outcomes Meeting

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

When distinguished guests, including the WHO Representative to Malaysia, Brunei and Singapore, Dr Jaqueline Lo joined Malaysia’s Director General of Health, Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah on stage, little did they expect to be launching the Western Pacific Cataract Surgery Outcomes Meeting with the banging of a traditional Malaysian gong! But then the launch of…

IAPB WPR Focus: Editorial July 2018

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

Hi everyone, Quarter Two of 2018 was busy for us in the Western Pacific. We’ve been out on the road, meeting with many of you, visiting the fantastic projects that you – our members and friends – are implementing… plus we’ve been busy making preparations for key events in Q3 and Q4. Here are a few key…

China National Sight Day – thanks Big Eye and all Participants

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

All week we have shared cartoons from our member Shanghai Eye Disease Prevention and Treatment Center (SEDPTC); a municipal public health institution providing primary eye care for the population of Shanghai province. To mark the 23rd China National Sight Day, they held a massive event promoting importance of outdoor activities for children. See the other cartoons: Celebrating China…