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China Offers a Glimpse of a Return to Normality

Published: 07.09.2020
Drew Keys Regional Program Manager, Western Pacific
International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness

China National Sight Day.

Many of you will have seen the stories from our members in China, celebrating June 6. For those who didn’t get a chance, please have a look at the activities and events carried out by our members including Shanghai Eye Disease Prevention and Treatment Centre, ZOC and He Vision Experts.

China World Report on Vision Launch Event

Chaired by Professor Wang Ningli of National Prevention of Blindness Committee of China, the event on August 21st included presentations by Dr Alarcos Cieza from World Health Organisation and IAPB Western Pacific Regional Chair, Amanda Davis. {link}

 NIHA 4th China Eye Health Conference (CEHC)

Following on from the Launch Event, the NIHA division of the Medical Standards Bureau held its annual conference last week. Again, Amanda Davis presented alongside Stuart Keel from WHO, Nathan Congdon from Orbis and Brandon Ah Tong from Fred Hollows Foundation Australia. Held virtually, the CEHC has become a regular fixture on the Western Pacific event schedule. This year’s presentations celebrated the work of the Vision 2020 years in China. These include the elimination of Trachoma as a public health problem and an increased focus on myopia. They are also an opportunity for global advocacy efforts in vision care to be brought to a domestic audience – Amanda Davis updated attendees on progress with the World Health Assembly resolution