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Published: 06.12.2022
Drew Keys Western Pacific Regional Manager
Meeting participants in Singapore

In early November our great friends at Singapore National Eye Centre hosted the Joint Meeting of IAPB and WHO for the Western Pacific region. I want to highlight the depth and strength of the partnerships in the region – this meeting showcased the best of the IAPB/WHO relationship with more than 60 participants and observers from 26 countries and a host of IAPB members in attendance. It was a seamless presentation of the goals of 2030 InSight together with a practical demonstration of the WHO Packages of Interventions.

The objectives included:

  • to strengthen the integration of eye health within noncommunicable disease prevention and control and overall health systems
  • to introduce WHO’s newly published Eye care in health systems: A guide for action, which will support Member States and relevant stakeholders in implementing the recommendations of the World Report on Vision
  • to facilitate the engagement of Member States and relevant stakeholders with the newly developed WHO eye health tools
  • To workshop how best IAPB members can work with WHO Member States to implement 2030 In Sight, particularly Integrated People Centred Eye Care.

Thanks to all involved and stay tuned to see the outcomes in the report to be shared by the WPRO office of WHO in early 2023.