Drew Keys IAPB Western Pacific Regional Manager IAPB
Every five years the National Committee for the Prevention of Blindness in China publishes a white paper to review the successes of the past period and establish the foundation for the next five year term. In 2020, with the support of the Medical Administration of the National Health Commission, the National Committee for the Prevention of Blindness compiled and released the white paper on eye health in China, aiming to comprehensively introduce the current situation of the development of eye health in China, as well as the efforts and achievements made in the Vision 2020 initiative.
IAPB and the National Committee for the Prevention of Blindness in China launched the White Paper on Eye Health in China (English Version) on Thursday 17th December. Speakers celebrated the achievements of China during the Vision 2020 period – these included Prof Serge Resnikoff who discussed the great partnerships and friendships established between Chinese eye health specialists and their global counterparts. Western Pacific Regional Chair, Amanda Davis congratulated Professor Wang Ningli for his personal leadership and awarded him a Vision Excellence award.
There was much discussion of the importance of data and the emergence of data as a strength in China. Professor Rupert Bourne from the Vision Loss Expert Group and Ms Jude Stern, IAPB Head of Knowledge Management presented on this, as well as its importance to the new Vision Atlas.
A memorable launch; thanks to Director Hu from the Medical Administration Bureau for launching the report – a fitting way to celebrate the successful conclusion of the 13th Five Year Plan and a glimpse ahead to the launch of the 14th Five Year Plan.