VISION 2020 India conference: fostering learning and networking in an enabling environment

The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) is an alliance of civil society organisations, private sector, and professional bodies promoting eye health through advocacy, knowledge and partnerships.
Organisation: IAPB

Inauguration of conference/ Story: VISION 2020 India conference: fostering learning and networking in an enabling environmentThe 15th annual conference of VISION 2020: The Right to Sight – INDIA ‘Achieving Universal Eye Health for Everyone and Everywhere’ was convened on 8 & 9 June 2019 at Aravind Eye Hospital, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. More than 600 delegates from 18 states and 2 union territories across 115 organisations from India attended the conference. True to the spirit of the conference, it fostered learning and networking in an enabling environment.

  • The broad aim of this national conference, one of its kinds in community ophthalmology, is to
  • Increase the capacity of eye care fraternity towards meeting the goal of reducing visual impairment
  • Create networking opportunities and overall atmosphere of upgrading knowledge and technology use
  • Share experiences and good practices in the area of eye health for better planning and implementation of eye care services

The two-day programme broadly incorporates the scientific programme, the conference common session, presentation of awards, and trade. It is a place where along with the scientific programme, meetings are held, network established; experiences shared – a place that exudes an atmosphere of bonhomie where work and pleasure share a mixed platform.

This year’s conference featured 20 dynamic sessions with a balanced mix of talks, panel discussions. In a novel approach a large number of topics were based on suggestions from our member organisations. The four parallel tracks of the conference were:

  • Advocacy for Eye Health
  • Eye Care Delivery to the Unreached
  • Quality Assurance for Cataract Surgery
  • Skill Enhancement for Optometrists & Ophthalmic Assistants

A record 122 oral presentations and 83 posters were presented.

The conference was inaugurated by the Governor of Tamil Nadu state, His Excellency, Shri Banwarilal Purohit on 8 June, 2019.

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