Author: Drew Keys

Drew Keys

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

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…

IAPB Members and Friends Supporting Eye Health in China

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

IAPB的成员和伙伴们全力支持中国的眼健康事业: IAPB is very grateful for the work done by the eye health sector in China and the significant impact this has both within China and beyond. We’re proud to have brought you some of these stories during the week of China National Sight Day 2018. IAPB非常感谢中国眼健康部门所做的工作,以及这些工作为中国及其他地区带来的重大影响。我们很荣幸在2018年中国全国爱眼日的这一周里为您带来了一系列的报道。 This would not have been possible without the…

Celebrating China National Sight Day, June 6, 2018

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

In celebration of the 23rd China National Sight Day, we asked our members and friends in China to tell us what the day means to their organisations and to share with us a little about their June 6 activities. 2018年6月6日中国全国爱眼日 为庆祝第23届中国全国爱眼日,我们特地邀请到几位我们在中国的成员和伙伴来谈谈这个日子对他们的机构或组织来说意味着什么,并与我们分享一下他们爱眼日的活动。 Zhongshan Ophthalmic Centre – Dr Baixiang Xiao The theme of China National Sight Day…

A Walk in the Park with Shanghai Eye Disease Prevention and Treatment Centre

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

与上海市眼病防治中心的一段公园漫步 IAPB is delighted that the Shanghai Eye Disease Prevention and Treatment Centre (SEDPTC), our strong partner in China, invited us to attend “Get Sunny for Sight”. Held last Sunday, it was the perfect introduction to a week of awareness raising. In line with the theme of June 6 – Correct Myopia Scientifically, Care for…

China National Sight Day: Kids Get Active

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

Shanghai Eye Disease Prevention and Treatment Center (SEDPTC) is a municipal public health institution providing primary eye care for the population of Shanghai province. To mark the 23rd China National Sight Day we will be sharing cartoons from them throughout this week (June 4- June 8). Also see: China National Sight Day in on Wed, June 6 China National Sight…

China National Sight Day: one day to go

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

Shanghai Eye Disease Prevention and Treatment Center (SEDPTC) is a municipal public health institution providing primary eye care for the population of Shanghai province. To mark the 23rd China National Sight Day we will be sharing cartoons from them throughout this week (June 4- June 8). Also see: China National Sight Day is on Wed, June 6th

Forging New Partnerships on the Silk Road

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

Amidst the traditional Mongolian style roofs and towering minarets of Hohhot’s Muslim Quarter sits Chaoju Eye Hospital. Hohhot is the capital of Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region – a huge swathe of desert and grasslands that shares history and culture with its northern neighbour: Mongolia. Steve Zhang, the CEO of Chaoju and my host for this…

China National Sight Day is on Wed, June 6th

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

Shanghai Eye Disease Prevention and Treatment Center (SEDPTC) is a municipal public health institution providing primary eye care for the population of Shanghai province. To mark the 23rd China National Sight Day we will be sharing cartoons from them throughout this week (June 4- June 8).

China National Sight Day 2018

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

The 23rd “China National Sight Day” will be conducted on Wednesday June 6th, 2018 with the theme “correct myopia scientifically; care for children’s eye health”.  All across China our members and friends will be taking part in activities to ensure that child-centred activities promoting eye health are a reality. IAPB are proud to bring you…

Developing a strategy for IAPB Western Pacific in 2018

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

The beginning of 2018 for IAPB WPRO has included a round of workshops and membership meetings.  During 2017, our membership consultation elicited key priorities right across the region. These have helped us develop a strategy for 2018, narrowing down our focus to the themes you, our members, have highlighted. In order to ensure that these…

Pacific National Eye Health Coordinator’s Workshop

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

National Eye Health Coordinators (NEHC) are very important to the development of eye health systems in the South Pacific. They lead advocacy events such as World Sight Day; they coordinate visiting outreach teams and they assist us all in gathering data about cataract surgeries, spectacles dispensed and so on. So it was heartening to see…

Stakeholders Coordinate in Laos

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

In Laos this week (on 13th), stakeholders, including IAPB members ECF, CBM, Sight For All and the Fred Hollows Foundation came together with the National Ophthalmology Centre and Aier Group to coordinate responses in preparation for the dissemination of RAAB results. There is a recognition that for the research to have the most impact, all…

Graeme Nicholls leaves with big shoes to fill

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

With World Optometry Day fast approaching it is fitting – and also a little bit sad – to farewell a stalwart of optometry and workplace support in the Pacific. The Fred Hollows Foundation, New Zealand has penned the following tribute to Graeme who leaves the Foundation later this year:  After leaving his own private optometry…

Health Financing “101”

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

IAPB spearheaded an initiative in Sydney recently, to bring together Vision 2020 Australia members in a workshop on Health Financing. Regional Chair, Amanda Davis, dubbed it an “opportunity to see how much you don’t know” – only fitting given that our facilitators for the day had decades of expertise and experience that they were attempting…

20,000 Cataract Surgeries by 2020 – PNG

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

In the Western Pacific we’re increasingly seeing our members and partners bucking engaging stakeholders in work that translates research into actions. Nowhere was this more obvious than at the recent National Prevention of Blindness Committee meeting in Papua New Guinea’s capital, Port Moresby. The PBL, together with WHO WPRO adviser, Dr Andreas Mueller convened a…

Happy 25th Birthday Fred Hollows Foundation New Zealand

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

It goes without saying that 2017 has been a busy year. As it wraps up, so too does a year of celebrations for one of our busiest members, the Fred Hollows Foundation New Zealand. In July I was privileged to be a guest at FHFNZ’ Reflections workshop, which drew together key personnel from right across…

4th Annual Conference of Cambodian Ophthalmological Society

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

On the banks of the Mekong River, right in the heart of Phnom Penh, sits the Naga World Resort Complex – a gilded edifice that speaks to Cambodia’s renewed sophistication in the heart of Southeast Asia. It’s a fitting metaphor for the renaissance of Ophthalmology in Cambodia and the perfect location for the 4th Annual…

Double Celebration in Hanoi

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

Hanoi’s Friendship Cultural Palace was full to capacity on Friday 24th of November for the opening of the 5th National Ophthalmology meeting. It was a spectacular event attended by dignitaries from within Vietnam and overseas, complete with patriotic musical highlights and cultural displays – dramatic, colourful and a fitting way to mark the milestone 100th…

Public Health and Ophthalmology Share the Stage at Shanghai Gong-Ji Forum

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

The Chateau Star River in Shanghai was the glittering location for the Gong-Ji Forum, a gathering of over 600 delegates on the weekend of November 17 – 19. This event, hosted by Shanghai General Hospital and Jiao Tong University is one of the largest annual gatherings of ophthalmologists in China. Every year the participants come…