IAPB is very grateful for the work done by the eye health sector in China and the significant impact this has both within China and beyond. We’re proud to have brought you some of these stories during the week of China National Sight Day 2018.
This would not have been possible without the support of two of our partners:
Firstly, NIHA – the National Institute of Hospital Administration. In 2017 NIHA hosted the first China National Eye Health Conference with support from IAPB and members. Of course, there are many eye conferences in China, but IAPB is proud that a public health focused eye health conference was initiated by NIHA after representatives attended 10GA in Durban. We are thrilled to support NIHA in the 2nd National Eye Health Conference from August 23 – 25 in Hefei. This year the focus will be on an ‘ideas exchange.’
LCIF with a proud history in China, has partnered with National Health Commission and China Disabled Persons’ Federation launching SightFirst China Action (SFCA) Project nationwide in 1997. SFCA Phase 1-2 (1997-2007) supported 5.2 millions cataract surgeries, trained over 60,000 eye doctors and personnel, and established 210 eye care units in underdeveloped counties throughout China. Phase 3 (2012-2016) focused on verification of elimination of blinding trachoma in China. Through assessment in 16 provinces that were historically trachoma endemic or economically depressed, SFCA proved blinding trachoma was no longer a public health problem. In past 20 years, SFCA greatly promoted the blindness prevention and treatment in China and with extensive effort by the government, accelerated the development of eye health system. Lions and the Chinese government are now in conversation on the continued partnership of SFCA.