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.
Priya is Head of Global Programme Design at Peek Vision and is also the co-chair of IAPB School Eye Health Work Group. She practiced community and hospital optometry for several years, before joining the International Centre for Eye Health (ICEH) at London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) to pursue her interest in public health full-time.
She is Assistant Professor at The International Centre for Eye Health and has worked on eye health research in multiple countries (Africa and Asia) and has a PhD in child eye health with a focus on school eye health services. Her work has been recognised by the World Council of Optometry with the 2017 Paul Berman Young Leader Award.
Elizabeth is the CEO of Mission for Vision. She comes with over 27 years of experience in the corporate and development sectors across organisations. She has worked at MS University of Baroda, Nielsen India and Sightsavers, where she was Chief Executive for India and then Director of Global Advocacy.
She has led strategic planning in large programmes with complex, diverse organisational and operating environments. Leading highly skilled multi-function teams in Asia and Africa, she has pioneered and fostered significant growth and transformation through social policy change and innovations.
Dr Andreas Mueller works with the WHO vision and eye care programme. He has worked across various sectors of the public health field, supporting eye research and prevention of blindness initiatives in academia, the non-government sector and within the UN system.
Dr Mueller’s research interests include innovative strategies to improve the quality and effectiveness of eye care services in low- and middle-income countries, including the use of technology for population screening for eye disease in general, and diabetic retinopathy in particular.
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