Author: Drew Keys

Drew Keys

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

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…

Attending the First National Eye Health Conference in China

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

As the rain pelted down in Taiyuan, the capital of Shanxi province, there was much joking amongst the international participants that this was a ploy by the organisers to keep us in China. After-all, it’s well-known that Shanxi is hot and dry in the summer! But the plummeting temperature outside was a stark contrast to the…

Eye Care Working Group, Vietnam

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

Eye Care Working Group Meeting at Vietnam National Institute of Ophthalmology. It was a pleasure to attend this meeting, hosted August 23rd at Vietnam National Institute of Ophthalmology in Hanoi. Ably chaired by Helen Keller International and attended by all stakeholders in the Vietnamese sector, a great example of collaboration.

PacEyes Bi-Annual Conference

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

Dr Anthea Burnett (BHVI) Dr Jambi Garap (PNG) Amanda Davis, Marleen Nelisse (FHFNZ) Dr Ana Cama (PacEyes) Dr Mundi Qalo (Pacific Eye Institute) Drew Keys. During June, PacEyes held its bi-annual conference in Suva, Fiji. With participants from across the South Pacific and from a variety of eye health disciplines, the two-day event lived up…

IAPB WPR Chair: Amanda Davis

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

Amanda Davis is the Chairperson of International Agency for Prevention of Blindness (IAPB), Western Pacific as well as the Chief Executive Officer of the Brien Holden Vision Institute, Public Health. Since 2006, Amanda has overseen the growth of the Institute’s public health division to where it has assisted the development of eye care services in…

Dr Andreas Mueller returns to support WHO WPRO

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

Dr Andreas Mueller has returned to supporting the Eye Health programme at the WHO Office of the Western Pacific Region. The objective of the programme is to work with countries in accelerating the implementation of “Towards Universal Eye Health: A Regional Action Plan for the Western Pacific Region (2014-2019)”. Andreas will provide technical support on…

Tenk Yu Tru: RAAB Results Presented in Papua New Guinea

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

Pictured (from L to R): Chief Ophthalmologist, Dr Simon Melengas; Dr Goa Tau, Director Medical Services (NDoH), Deputy Secretary of Health, Dr Paison Dakulala; PBL President, Dr Jambi Garap and Dr Bieb, Director Disease Control (NDoH). “It was tough”, PNG Eye Care General Manager, Samuel Koim, explained, presenting the logistic of the PNG Rapid Assessment…