Author: Drew Keys

Drew Keys

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

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…

The 20th Anniversary of Caritas Takeo Eye Hospital, Cambodia

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

To fulfil the mission of poverty reduction through reducing avoidable visual impairment and facilitating rehabilitation for people with unavoidable visual impairment in Cambodia. Caritas Takeo Eye Hospital (CTEH), has been working for 20 years to improve community awareness of eye health issues and to advocate to policy makers for implementation of the national strategic plan…

Goroka Eye Clinic Operating Theatre Launch

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

Kudos to the team at CBM in Papua New Guinea who launched the Goroka Hospital Eye Clinic Operating Theatre on World Sight Day. Pictured here is Dr Geoffrey Wabulembo speaking at the launch. The event was funded by the hospital – another example of well-forged partnerships in action.

Vision Atlas: Shanghai Eye Disease Treatment and Prevention Centre Highlights Myopia

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

With Vision Atlas launches taking place across the Western Pacific Region, the team from Shanghai Eye Disease Treatment and Prevention Centre (SEDTPC) decided this was a great opportunity to highlight the growing burden of myopia in China. Dr Jianfeng Zhu, Director of Division of Preventive Ophthalmology noted how pleasing it is to see that the…

Fiji, PNG and Tonga launch Vision Atlas

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

Across the South Pacific, members of the eye health fraternity have taken the opportunity of this year’s World Sight Day – Make Vision Count – to launch the Vision Atlas. As a repository of data and advocacy tool the Atlas is particularly important in these far-flung, often remote island nations. Sister Savelina, Diabetic Retinopathy Nurse…