Optometry Showcased in the Philippines

Regional Program Manager, Western Pacific
Organisation: International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness

Mid-June saw the Asia Pacific Optometry Congress held on the shores of Manila Bay, once again hosted by the Philippines. This regional derivative of Group A IAPB Members, World Council of Optometry, brought together representatives from over 30 countries, with a particular focus on the rise of Myopia in the region. Participants were encouraged to…

PacEyes – Another Successful Conference in Suva

Regional Program Manager, Western Pacific
Organisation: International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness

At the end of June, PacEyes held its biannual conference at the Holiday inn Hotel in Suva. From its inception in 2004, the organisation has gone from strength to strength, celebrating with a packed programme of activities and a gala birthday dinner. Fittingly, this was the largest  PacEyes yet with 140 registrants from countries across…

Farewell Marleen!

President
Organisation: PNG Prevention of Blindness Committee

The members of the Papua New Guinea National Prevention of Blindness Committee gathered In Port Moresby recently to say farewell to Marleen Nelisse of the Fred Hollows Foundation, New Zealand. Marleen lived in PNG from 2011 for two-and-a-half years and then moved on to become Programme Director at Auckland Head Office. From the beginning of…

The 2nd Meeting of Korean Eye Care Working Group

CEO, LabSD

On the 4th of June, 2019, representatives from IAPB member organizations in South Korea gathered together for the 2nd meeting of Korean Eye Care Working Group (KECWG).  The members were Good People International, Korean Foundation for the Prevention of Blindness, Project BOM affiliated with Yonsei University Severance Hospital, and Vision Care Services.  Tech start-ups concerned…

Providing eye care in Western China

Project Manager
Organisation: He Vision Group

The distribution of eye care resources in China is uneven, with a considerable gap between Eastern (along the coast) and Western China (the inland areas). He Vision Group, one of the largest eye care systems in China, established Chengdu He Eye Specialists Hospital (HESH) in Sichuan province. This is next to Tibet, to continuously provide…