The Focus on Child Eye Health webinars will discuss on the priorities and actions for Child Eye Health for the decade. Experts will share their insights and experiences on; prioritising child eye health in development plans, national policies, and budgets, integrating child eye health in broader health systems such as child and maternal health, diabetes, workforce training and task sharing and empowering parents/ guardians and children to better understand and advocate for their own eye health through health promotion and information systems.
At the end of the session, the participants will gain an understanding of:
Actions needed to take now, to accelerate efforts to elevate, integrate and activate child eye health to meet their eye care needs.
Case for including child eye health as an action area within health interventions from advocacy, policy, campaigns, systems, to service delivery at global, regional, and national level.
Interventions and innovations that have been successful in delivering affordable, appropriate, and accessible eye care to the populations in need.
Dire need for better, more data to understand, inform and plan child eye health services.
Dr. Jameel Rizwana Hussaindeen (alias Rizwana) currently heads the Rivoli vision Academy at the Rivoli Vision, UAE. She serves as a committee member and trainer for the Rashtriya Bal Swasthya Karyakram’s (RBSK) -Government of India’s initiative in the preparation of a manual for the vision assessment and rehabilitation of cerebral visual impairment (CVI).
Dr. Hussaindeen has been involved in the school eye health initiatives for over a decade now. She been a faculty member and mentor for the “Looking Towards the Future: Optometry Program in Advocacy and Leadership (OPAL)” program run by the WCO, and is also a member of the WCO’s education committee. Dr. Hussaindeen is also serving as an adjunct faculty at the Sankara Nethralaya Academy, and a visiting consultant at Sankara Nethralaya, Chennai where she was formerly heading the Binocular vision and Vision therapy clinic and as PhD co-supervisor at the Deakin University, Australia, and at the Chitkara University, Chandigarh
Professor Kathryn Saunders is a senior academic at Ulster University with a special interest in children’s eye care. She has published over 90 peer reviewed scientific papers whose topics centre on the development of visual function both in the typically developing visual system and in the presence of neurological impairment. She is passionate about evidence-based eyecare and equality of access to eyecare services.
Kathryn has conducted several long-term studies of typical and atypical visual development in children with, and without, learning disability. In addition to academic and research work, Kathryn delivers a teaching clinic at the University, where she regularly provides eye care for the pre-school children and those with special needs. Kathryn is a Fellow of the UK College of Optometrists.
Milka Mafwiri has been working as a consultant ophthalmic surgeon at Muhimbili National hospital since 2001. Currently, she is an Associate Professor at Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS) engaged with, training, research and consultancy. She coordinated the Muhimbili Childhood Blindness Prevention Initiative (MCBI) for 8 years; and together with other eye health stakeholders participated in a number of researches on Primary eye care for children.
The focus of the research is on integration of eye care for children into the primary health system in Tanzania; in order to improve identification and referral of children with eye conditions for appropriate care at secondary and tertiary centers thereby reducing the prevalence of visual impairment and blindness in children.
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