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Aaron Magava

Africa Regional Chair
IAPB
Dr Aaron Magava is the Chair for the IAPB Africa region. Before becoming the chair after the 10GA in 2016, he was the Southern Africa Co-Chair for eight years.

Aaron has worked in implementing a provincial Vision 2020 unit in the past 14 years in Zimbabwe; where he started the programme with partnership of CBM, Sightsavers, Zimbabwe Council for the Blind and Zimbabwe Ministry of Health and Child Care. He was the acting Zimbabwe National Eye Care Coordinator at the time until 2015.

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Abdallah Kunja

Optometrist
Medicare Clinic & Nursing Home
Mr. Abdallah Kunja is an Optometrist practicing in Uganda for over 17 years. Kunja previously worked for BHVI as EA sub region project officer and a trainer in Refraction and Vision Centre Operations and management. He is the immediate past president of Optometrists Association of Uganda (OAU). Holder of Diploma in Optometry from KCMC Tanzania and recently completed his Bachelor of Public Health and Health Promotion (BPHHP) from Uganda Martyrs University in Uganda and a course in Advocacy for Eye Health 2018 organized by WCO and BHVI. Kunja has passion in school eye health, refraction and low Vision.

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Abdelhakim Yessouf

Senior Techical Cooperation Coordinator, Africa & Latin America - Reverse Linkage, Country Strategy & Cooperation
Islamic Development Bank
He cumulates over 23 years’ experience in the field of the cooperation for the development with four institutions, whose two at international level (Islamic Development Bank and UNICEF) as well as several NGO. During this period, he developed knowledge and expertise in areas related to social and sustainable development in Morocco and abroad, especially in the fields of Program Management, Social Development, Capacity Development and Women Empowerment, Decentralization and Local governance, Sustainable development, Humanitarian Aid and Civil Society.

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Abdulaziz Al Rajhi

Chief Executive Officer at King Khaled Eye Specialist Hospital
KKESH

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Adil Akeely

MD
KKESH
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AHM Enayet Hussain

Additional Director General of Health Services; IAPB Country Chair, Bangladesh
Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Bangladesh
Prof. A.H.M Enayet Hussain is now working as Additional Director General of Health Services. He was the Line Director of Non Communicable Disease Control, Directorate General of Health Services, Dhaka. He was earlier Chief of Paediatric Ophthalmology Dept. at National Institute of Ophthalmology and Ex- Program Manager of National Eye Care involved in improvement of eye care at primary and secondary levels services in Bangladesh by increasing capacity of eye care service provider &strengthens coordination among GO-NGO and private eye care providers.

He obtained MBBS from MAG Osmani Medical College & Hospital under Chittagong University of Bangladesh, FCPS (Ophthalmology) from Bangladesh College of Physician & Surgeons and FRCS from Royal College of Physician & Surgeons, Glasgow.

Prof. Hussain has shown his areas of interest in Clinical Science, Teaching, and public health related to Paediatric Ophthalmology & Community Ophthalmology as well as prevention of blindness and also control of Non Communicable Disease. He has 20 years’ experience in undergraduate and Post Graduate teaching in Ophthalmology.

He is also the examiner of MS (Community Ophthalmology), MS (Ophthalmology), DO (Ophthalmology) of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU), Bangladesh and Dhaka University, Dhaka, Bangladesh. He is involved in various social activities and academic activities. Prof. Hussain is the visionary of Nayon Foundation (charitable Eye Hospital) in Sylhet. He is currently the Chairman (Bangladesh Chapter) of International Agency for Prevention of Blindness. He is also the coordinator for Bangladesh of International council of Ophthalmology. He received Outstanding Service Award in prevention of Blindness at 31st Asia Pacific Academy Ophthalmology Congress 2016 and AK Das endowment award for contribution in prevention of blindness by Association of Community Ophthalmology India (ACOIN) in 2014 and also Prof. Mobarak Ali gold medal award from Ophthalmological Society of Bangladesh for his outstanding contribution in public health for prevention of blindness. He was awarded “Eye Health Hero in 2019”.

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Aly Bandali

President & CEO
Operation Eyesight Universal
Aly Bandali is the President and CEO of Operation Eyesight Universal, a Canada-based international development organization working to prevent blindness and restore sight.

Prior to joining Operation Eyesight in May 2017, he enjoyed a 20-year career in human resources and leadership in Calgary, Canada in non-profit, technology, and oil and gas. His speciality areas include leadership development, talent management and human resource business strategy. He has been described as a leader who is business-focused, entrepreneurial, results-oriented, innovative, professional, and passionate about making a difference.

Aly has a Bachelor of Commerce degree and has held several volunteer leadership roles in the human resources community, both locally and nationally.

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Amanda Davis

WPR Chair
IAPB
Amanda Davis is the Chairperson – International Agency for Prevention of Blindness (IAPB), Western Pacific former CEO of the Brien Holden Vision Institute Foundation.


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Andy Cassels-Brown

Medical Director
The Fred Hollows Foundation
Andy has recently joined the Fred Hollows Foundation as Medical Director based both in Australia and the UK office, with its adjacencies to IAPB and the International Centre for Eye Health LSHTM where Andy studied for the Masters in Community Eye Health in 2000.

Prior to that, Andy worked on the WHO Ivermectin RCT for River Blindness in Kaduna State Nigeria and also supported the ICEH International Vision 2020 CEH short course programme in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Subsequently Andy has been a Consultant in Community Eye Health in the UK National Health Service supporting public health and Vision 2020 UK whilst keeping up international roles including time with Sightsavers and the Vision 2020 Links programme.

As, mitigating against the impact of Climate Change and reducing Eye Healths contribution to environmental harm has become the biggest global public health priority, Andy has spent several years working as an Associate of the Centre for Sustainable Healthcare (Oxford) and colleagues in the RCOphth and IAPB Environmental Sustainability Working Group. FHF's New 5 Year Strategy support for this overarching priority agenda and ES Eye Health priorities are a collective corporate responsibility and opportunity, for which we are all on a steep learning curve.

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Aubrey Webson

Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Antigua and Barbuda to the United Nations, Chair of the UN Friends of Vision (FoV)
United Nations

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Aza Innocent Lyimo

MD, MMed (Ophthal), FCOECSA
Dr Aza Innocent Lyimo is an ophthalmologist and head of eye department at St. Francis referral hospital(SFRH) in Ifakara, Morogoro, Tanzania. The eye department at SFRH offers a specialized eye care services in semi-rural South-eastern part of Tanzania and beyond. He’s also a lecturer at St. Francis University College of Health and Allied Science (SFUCHAs) in Ifakara. Dr Aza works with Eye Care Foundation as a technical personnel in a NURU project which focuses on strengthening the eye care services in the region. It is Dr Aza’s interest to engage with the community and bring eye care services near the people and with this regard he has been working with different eye care partners in the region. In support of Light for the World Belgium, Dr Aza is a principal investigator (PI) of Ifakara Eyes Initiative, a project that brings eye care services to thousands of school children in about 280 primary schools in the region.

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Babar Qureshi

Director of Inclusive Eye Health CBM, MD
CBM
Dr Qureshi is the Director of Inclusive Eye Health. He is also the Co-Chair for International Agency for Prevention of Blindness (IAPB-EMR), board member of the International Council of Ophthalmology, Chairs the Global ICO task force on refractive errors and is the Chair of the EMR Alliance for Trachoma control.
Prior to joining CBM, Babar worked as an ophthalmologist in Nigeria and Pakistan, becoming Secretary of the National Committee for Prevention of Blindness and Secretary of the National Trachoma Task force.
Babar graduated as a medical doctor in Nigeria and did his residency in Ophthalmology in Nigeria and Austria, before going on to complete a Masters Degree in Community Eye Health in London.

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Bob McMullan

President
IAPB
IAPB President Bob McMullan is a former Minister of the Australian Government, holding several portfolios over a twenty year career in the Australian Parliament. He was most recently the Parliamentary Secretary for International Development Assistance and had previously served as the Minister for Trade, Arts and Administrative Services. Mr McMullan was the Special Envoy of the Australian Government to a number of African countries and an Adjunct Professor in the Crawford School of Economics and Government at the Australian National University.

He was also a member of the High-level Advisory Group of the United Nations Secretary-General on Climate Change Financing and until recently Director for Australia/Korea/New Zealand/Egypt at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. Mr McMullan is currently an Adjunct Professor in the Crawford School of Economics and Government at the Australian National University.

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Brandon Ah Tong

Global Lead, Global Advocacy, Global Partnerships and Advocacy Division
The Fred Hollows Foundation
Brandon has 15 years experience working in various policy and advocacy roles within the health, disability and international development sectors in Australia. Previously the Director of Policy and Advocacy with the national peak body Vision 2020 Australia, Brandon’s responsibilities spanned national level advocacy in the areas of prevention and early intervention, Indigenous eye health, blindness and low vision services and global advocacy within the Asia Pacific region. Brandon spent eight years promoting the human rights of people who are blind or vision impaired with the national blindness service provider Vision Australia, working on areas as diverse as immigration, information access, public transport and the National Disability Insurance Scheme. He now heads global influencing initiatives for The Fred Hollows Foundation at the United Nations and other UN bodies, such as the World Health Organization. Brandon was recognised with a Victorian Government award in 2014 for his leadership in disability advocacy and holds a Bachelor of Social Science (Policy and Research) from RMIT University in Melbourne.

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Cassie Thiel

MD, Assistant Professor at NYU
New York University
Dr. Cassandra Thiel is an Assistant Professor at New York University in the School of Medicine, the Wagner School of Public Service, and the Tandon School of Engineering. Her research utilizes life cycle assessment and principles of industrial ecology to analyze and improve the environmental performance of medical systems, hospital design, healthcare practice, and medical technologies. As a 2014-2015 Fulbright-Nehru Academic and Professional Excellence fellow, Dr. Thiel calculated the environmental footprint of cataract surgery at Aravind Eye Care System in southern India, finding that Aravind’s carbon footprint for phacoemulsification was 5% of the same surgery done in the United Kingdom. She received her PhD from the University of Pittsburgh and BS from Michigan Technological University, both in Civil Engineering. Her graduate training was supported by the Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation and an NSF Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT).

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Ciku (Wanjiku) Mathenge

Senior Consultant Ophthalmologist
Dr Ciku (Wanjiku) Mathenge is a highly trained senior consultant ophthalmologist with subspecialty training in medical retina and community ophthalmology. She is a Kenyan by Nationality but now lives in Rwanda permanently.

She has a legacy of successfully transforming a public eye clinic in Nakuru Kenya into one of the best run facilities in the country making it a centre of innovation in both clinical care and research.  

She was the first certified trainer for Rapid Assessment of Avoidable Blindness (RAAB) survey methodology in Africa. She also designed and set up the East African Eye Care program for the Fred Hollows Foundation which she currently supports as Medical Advisor for Africa. She worked as a lead consultant with WHO AFRO Regional office to develop a package of eye care interventions for primary level health workers. She also led in the development of a primary eye care curriculum for Rwanda.

As a trainer she has trained several ophthalmologists in the region in microsurgery including small incision cataract surgery. She was the Head of Department of Ophthalmology at the Kigali Health Institute before joining Dr Agarwal’s Eye Hospital, a Centre of excellence in Eye Care for East and Central Africa. This is in conjunction with the Rwanda International Institute of Ophthalmology an eye care not for profit organisation that provides training for all levels of eye workers. RIIO recently conducted a National survey of blindness in Rwanda and will soon set up residency training for Rwandans through COECSA. Ciku is an Honorary Senior Lecturer of the University of Cape Town

She has published extensively one of the most cited publications is the only population based study on age related macular degeneration in Africans. She regularly reviews articles in several peer reviewed ophthalmic journals. Ciku served on the Advisory panel of the International Council of Ophthalmology (ICO) for 4 years is now the first African woman to serve member of the ICO Board.

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David A Dahdal

St John Eye Hospital, Jerusalem

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Debbie Muirhead

The Fred Hollows Foundation

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Deepak Edward

MD, FACS, FARVO; Chief Research and Training Officer; Senior Academic Consultant, Glaucoma
KKESH

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Demissie Tadesse

Regional Eye Health Adviser for East Africa Region
CBM
MD, Ophthalmologist, Regional Eye Health Adviser for East Africa Region, CBM.

Based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

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Drew Keyes

IAPB Western Pacific Regional Coordinator
IAPB
Drew Keys, IAPB Western Pacific‘s Regional Coordinator, has degrees in Law and Asian Studies and a background working in retail management. For the past six years, Drew has lived in-and-out of Papua New Guinea, managing PNG Eye Care as well as PNG and Pacific programmes for the Brien Holden Vision Institute.
He has coordinated a GTMP, a RAAB and the refurbishment of an ophthalmology training hub at the University of Papua New Guinea. During that time Drew met many key people working in the Western Pacific region and looks forward to continuing working friendships. In his spare time, Drew moonlights as a writer’s agent, travels and enjoys tennis and rugby.

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Elise Chick

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Gillian Gibbs

Manager of Global Health Initiatives
Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF)
Gillian Gibbs is a public health management professional with extensive experience at non-profit, healthcare, and public health organizations. She joined Lions Clubs International Foundation in 2018 as the Manager of Global Health Initiatives, where she oversees the development and implementation of worldwide grant funding programs in the areas of vision and diabetes. Gillian's previous roles include epidemiologist at the City of Chicago's Department of Public Health and project director at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, focusing on public health research in health information technology and disease surveillance. Her educational background includes a Master of Public Health in International Health and Development from Tulane University. Gillian developed a strong sense of commitment towards public health while living abroad and witnessing the health challenges of communities, which has led her to the role she holds today.

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Hannah Faal

Adjunct Professor - International Eye Health,
University of Calabar and Teaching Hospital, Nigeria
Professor Hannah Faal: Born in Calabar, Nigeria; Hannah received the Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in 1975 before relocating to The Gambia in 1980 with her family to work as the sole ophthalmologist, serving a population then of 800,000. She initiated the concept of comprehensive national eye care programming resulting in a fall in the prevalence of blindness from 0.7% to 0.4% between 1986-1996.

Hannah is internationally recognised as one of the founders of the VISION 2020 initiative and served as President of the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) from 1999-2004. Hannah has also served as an advisor to the Prevention of Blindness programme of the World Health Organization (WHO), contributing to the focus on refractive error, low vision services and inclusive education. Active in research, she has authored over 60 publications with over 2000 citations and is a reviewer for journals.

On retirement in 2011, Hannah took on an adjunct professorship in international eye health in Nigeria. She is also currently Trustee of the Moorfields Korle Bu Trust, member Scientific Advisory Board of the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust, Global Advisory Board of Our Children’s Vision and chairs the Africa Research Vision Institute.

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Hasan Minto

Mr Hasan Minto has dedicated his career to ensuring those less fortunate have every opportunity to see.

Hasan has worked tirelessly to promote inclusion of persons with vision impairments. He has successfully established services for people with low vision, children and those in marginalised communities. Hasan’s unwavering dedication to training appropriate human resources, developing sustainable delivery models and practical research, has broadened the reach of optometry services worldwide.

As a human rights activist, Hasan specialises in developing strategies that strengthen current health systems so everyone, regardless of gender, economic status or geographical location can access the same health care opportunities. His passion for developing human resources and increasing availability of education programs has encouraged immeasurable growth in the optometric industry.

In 2007, for his extraordinary contributions to eye care, Hasan was awarded the prestigious ‘Essilor Award for Outstanding International Contributions to Optometry’. As well as the “Out-Standing Services to Prevention of Blindness Award” by Asia Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology 2006. Hasan Has authored/coauthored 45 peer reviewed articles published in various Eye Care Journals.

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Heidi Nho

General Manager
Project BoM HQ, Yonsei University Severance Hospital, South Korea.
Heidi Sangeun Nho is a general manager at PROJECT BOM Headquarter affiliated with Yonsei University Severance Hospital, South Korea. Ms. Nho has M.S. Degree in international development from Kyung Hee University, Graduate School of Public Policy and Civic Engagement. She is registered social worker in South Korea. She has been implementing eye care projects in Malawi, Vietnam and Bangladesh as a member of Project BOM. She has learned accounting, general affairs and practical skills for international development projects while working at other Korean NGOs. She now cares deeply about how to do rather than what to do in the field of international development and hopes to find the answer to the problem in PROJECT BOM.
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Holden Kim

Yonsei University Severance Hospital (Project BOM)

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Iain Jones

Senior Global Technical Lead (Economics)
Sightsavers

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Ingeborg Steinbach

Finance Director and Carbon Consultant
Centre for Sustainable Healthcare
Since 2008 Ingeborg Steinbach has worked for the Centre for Sustainable Healthcare supporting healthcare organisations and professionals to embed sustainability in day to day practice. For the last four years, the focus of her work has been the analysis of the economic, environmental and social impact of healthcare organisations and services. This has included carbon footprints, triple bottom line analyses and sustainable quality improvement projects for hospitals, regions, health services and specialties – including ophthalmology and dentistry.

Ingeborg has been involved in the development of the global Eyefficiency tool for sustainable eye care, which looks at the productivity and the financial and environmental impact of cataract surgery.

Ingeborg holds a degree in Nutrition from Justus-Liebig University in Giessen, Germany, and a Master’s degree in Analysis for Healthcare Decisions from the London School of Economics and London School of Hygiene.

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Irmela Erdmann

Regional Medical Adviser - Eye Health & NTDs
CBM
Ophthalmologist, Regional Medical Adviser - Eye Health & NTDs based at CBM's Regional Hub Office in Lome, Togo

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Ivo Kocur

Chief Executive Officer, MD, MA, MSc, MBA
International Council of Ophthalmology
Ivo is an accomplished senior Medical Officer with the World Health Organization responsible for the global eye health agenda, Ivo carries with him more than 20 years of experience in public, private, and not-for-profit sectors. Ivo brings to the ICO a proven track record of success, change and collaborations worldwide toward the prevention of vision impairment and enhancement of eye care.

Ivo holds a medical degree and began his career as an eye surgeon and teacher at the Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic, his native country. His passion to promote education led to his efforts to spearhead the establishment of the Lions Ophthalmology Education Center in Prague, now attended by over 3000 ophthalmologists from many countries. He holds a Master of Science in Community Eye Health from the University College London, a Master of Arts in Diplomacy from the Diplomatic Academy of London, and a Master of Business Administration from the European University in Geneva, Switzerland.

In 2002, Ivo was appointed by the World Health Organization as WHO Global Coordinator of VISION 2020 and fostered international collaborations of key stakeholders in order to shape the global public eye health agenda. Since then he has facilitated the development of four eye health resolutions and two global action plans endorsed by the World Health Assembly. During his career with the WHO, Ivo has been instrumental in working with ministries of health to assess and develop national eye care plans.

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Jennifer Gersbeck

Director - Global Partnerships and Advocacy
The Fred Hollows Foundation

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Jerry Vincent

Consultant Refugee Advisor
SEVA Foundation

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Jess Blijkers

Deputy Director of Programmes, Eye Health and NTDs
Light for the World
As Deputy Director of Programmes, Eye Health and NTDs at LIGHT FOR THE WORLD, Ms Jess Blijkers is responsible for the strategic development of the Light for the World Eye Health and NTD programmes.

Her background lies in ethics and development. Since she joined Light for the World in 2011, Jess has had different roles within the organisation. As programme coordinator for Burkina Faso and DR Congo, she built up the Light for the World programme portfolio and ensured the standards of planning and implementation are of the highest quality. Furthermore, Jess played a leading role in setting up the National Intervention on Uncorrected Refractive Errors (NIURE) in Uganda - a sustainable programme with the aim of providing locally adapted high quality spectacles to poor people.

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Jess Crofts-Lawrence

Head of Policy & Advocacy
IAPB
Jessica Crofts-Lawrence has recently joined IAPB as the new Head of Policy and Advocacy. Jessica previously led on international policy issues at the Bar Council of England and Wales, the membership body for barristers.

Jessica spent over 4 years developing high-profile international justice projects, working closely with national Bar Associations, Chambers of Commerce, departments of justice and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. She was involved in promoting human rights and the rule of law around the world, including producing a ‘Lawyers at Risk’ report. She has built and managed meaningful partnership in countries such as China, Brazil, Mexico, Colombia, Russia, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, South Korea, Ghana, Nigeria, Poland and Australia. Jessica is currently pursuing a masters in International Relations at the University of Cambridge. Her research focuses on the International Criminal Court and the Rohingya Crisis. She holds a law degree from the University of Surrey.
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Joanna Conlon

Director of Development & Communications
IAPB
Joanna has worked in the voluntary sector for nearly 20 years, building partnerships, and developing revenue streams in organisations as diverse as the Royal Academy of Arts to the National Deaf Children’s Society. Before joining IAPB in 2010, Joanna worked at Standard Chartered Bank running the Seeing is Believing programme; under her leadership the programme expanded many fold in terms of partners, projects and money raised. Today it is a US$100 million dollar programme with a track record of more than 10 years of building partnerships and investing in eye health programmes world-wide. Joanna is committed to building partnerships and fostering collaboration; at IAPB her responsibilities are varied including membership, development, communications and events.
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Joseph Oye

Country Director
Sightsavers

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Jude Stern

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Karim Bengraine

OPC
Karim Bengraïne completed a PhD degree in applied physical chemistry from Paris-Diderot University in 1989. After two decades in the academic realm he switched carrier and joined the Lions Clubs International Foundation, in Oak Brook, Illinois, in 2007 as a Program Coordinator in charge of Africa and the Middle East. He then became Regional Programs Specialist in 2011. Karim collaborated with several governmental and non-governmental organizations, ministries of Health of multiple countries in Africa and elsewhere, and other partners in developing sustainable blindness prevention initiatives in Africa as well as building partnerships to the benefit of underserved communities in the most neglected areas.

Karim Bengraïne a obtenu un PhD en chimie physique appliquée à l'environnement de l'Université Paris-Diderot en 1989. Pendant plusieurs années il a travaillé en tant qu'universitaire avant d’entreprendre un changement de carrière et de rejoindre la Fondation Internationale du Lions Clubs, à Oak Brook, Illinois, en 2007, en tant que Coordonnateur des Programme en charge de l'Afrique et le Moyen-Orient. I devient Spécialiste Régional des Programmes de Développement en 2011. Karim a collaboré avec des organisations et agences gouvernementales et non-gouvernementales, des ministères de la santé et autres partenaires à l’élaboration d’initiatives pérennes de provision de soins oculaires de qualité en Afrique, ainsi que la création de partenariats au profit des communautés défavorisées des pays en voie de développement.

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Kelvin Storey

The Fred Hollows Foundation

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Kovin Naidoo

Senior Vice President of Inclusive Business, Philanthropy and Social Impact
Essilor
Professor Kovin Naidoo is the Senior Vice President:  Inclusive business, Philanthropy and Social Impact at Essilor and former CEO of the Brien Holden Vision Institute. He is an academic, former anti- apartheid activist and political prisoner, optometrist and an internationally celebrated public health leader. His professional life has been dedicated to delivering eye care to people in need.

Professor Naidoo is an Associate Professor of Optometry at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), Visiting Professorial Fellow at University of New South Wales, Australia and Adjunct Faculty at Salus University in Philadelphia. He has published extensively in epidemiology and public health. Recognizing the need to develop research capacity in Africa, Prof Naidoo initiated the formation of the African Vision Research Institute (AVRI). Prof. Naidoo is a member of the World Council of Optometry Executive committee; Founder and Chair of African Vision and former Chair of the Red Cross Air Mercy Services board of Trustees among his many esteemed affiliations.

Prof Naidoo is a Fulbright Scholar, was elected as an Ashoka Fellow and a Schwab Fellow. He was jointly awarded with Professor Brien Holden, the Schwab Social Entrepreneur Award for Africa 2010 at the regional World Economic Forum in Tanzania in recognition of their ability to merge business acumen with social causes. The American Academy of Optometry awarded him the Essilor Award for outstanding contributions to Optometry in 2010, and the British College of Optometrists an honorary fellowship in 2009 for his contribution to the development of optometry in Africa and the developing world. He was African Optometrist of the Year in 2002, then International Optometrist of the Year in 2007. In 2016 he received the Henry B. Peters Memorial Award in Public Health and Environmental Vision from American Academy of Optometry and in 2017, received the distinguished Prevention of Blindness (POB) Shield Lecture award from the Saudi Ophthalmology Society. Most recently, Prof Naidoo has been awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters by the prestigious State University of New York (SUNY) College of Optometry.



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Kristan Gross

Global Executive Director
Vision Impact Institute
Kristan leads the Vision Impact Institute in its mission to make vision correction and protection a global priority. In her role she directs a global team focused on empowering stakeholders and engaging others to advocate for good vision.

A skilled storyteller, Kristan previously served as the organization’s Global Director of Content and Communications. She earned her BA in English and Psychology from East Texas Baptist University in Marshall, Texas. In 2014 she was listed in Jobson’s Most Influential Women in Optical in the Innovation category and in 2016 served as Vice Chair of Vision2020 USA.In 2018 Kristan received the Mentor of the Year Award from Women of Visionary Influence.

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K-T Overbey

President & Executive Director
OneSight
Katherine G. Overbey (K-T) joined OneSight as the President and Executive Director in July 2018. In her tenure to date, she has focused on ensuring operational excellence in the current programming areas while also enabling future scale of sustainable solutions for vision care for all. She brings a breadth of global experience in both public health and corporate positions, and is passionate about improving the lives of others.

K-T holds an MBA from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University and graduated from Princeton University, where she received her AB with a concentration in International Politics.

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Küssome Paulin Somda

Coordinator of the Directorate for Prevention and Control of Non-Communicable Diseases
Ministère de la Santé, Burkina Faso
As Coordinator of the Directorate for Prevention and Control of Non-Communicable Diseases, at Ministère de la Santé, Burkina Faso, since 2016, Dr Küssome Paulin Somda is responsible for the definition of policies, standards and ensure the technical and administrative coordination of Eye Health programme among other subjects.

As Public Health physician, Dr Somda has held several roles in the Ministry of Health contributing to the strengthening of the Burkinabé health system: department head of health research capacity building (2012-2013), director of High Education in Health Sciences (Formation supérieure en sciences de la santé) (2013-2015).

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Lilian Liundi

Executive Director
TGNP Mtandao
Ms. Lilian Liundi, a renowned activist well-grounded in gender /feminist issues, is the Executive Director of TGNP Mtandao, Tanzania’s leading women’s rights organization and a major voice for women’s rights, gender equality/equity and social justice in Tanzania and beyond.

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Liz Smith

Co-Founder & Chief Executive
EYElliance
Liz Smith, Co-Founder & Chief Executive of EYElliance, has spent the last 12 years working in international development with a focus on inclusive business and increasing access to global markets. Prior to her work with EYElliance, Liz spent 5 years consulting with the UN Office of South-South Cooperation forwarding the work of the Creative Economy for Development Agenda. In 2011 Liz joined VisionSpring as Director of Business Development where she and VisionSpring’s Founder, Jordan Kassalow, began their initial exploration of the viability of a cross sector collaboration to close the gap in access to eyeglasses on a global scale. Liz graduated from the University of Vermont with a B.A. in Environmental Studies, is a member of the Explorers Club, and is a two time National Geographic Society grant recipient for her work documenting endangered song.

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Margaret Savage

Manager
Clinton Health Access Initiative
Maggie Savage is a Manager for Assistive Technologies (AT) at the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI), where she oversees CHAI’s program of work to drive availability and affordability of AT through the development and piloting of market shaping strategies. Maggie previously worked on CHAI’s Health Financing team in Ethiopia and its New Market Opportunities team. She has also worked in HIV advocacy, market access strategy for top pharmaceutical firms and on the rollout of Obamacare in the US. She holds a Masters in Health Policy, Planning and Financing from the London School of Economics and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and is based in Durham, North Carolina, USA.

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May Ho

MD, Education Program Manager
Brien Holden Vision Institute
Dr May Ho is Education Program Manager at the Brien Holden Vision Institute Foundation, managing its education and optometry development programs. She has worked on the development of sustainable eye care programs in various countries in the Asia Pacific and Caribbean regions. Together with in-country partners, she developed the first optometry course in Vietnam.

May currently serves on the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness Low Vision Working Group and School Eye Health Working Group, Vision 2020 Australia Independence and Participation Committee and the Education Advisory Committee of Optometry Victoria.

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Michelle Sylvanowicz

Global Advocacy Director, Ophthalmology
Bayer
Enacting change through a shared voice for the collective benefit of all

Measuring the public health impact of preventable diseases is the key to evidence based policy for maximizing the capacity of healthcare systems worldwide and improved care

Bringing together public and private sectors across multiple disciplines, as a single agent of change, is the primary vehicle Michelle usesto drive effective advocacy strategies, which influence policy and deliver the necessary change to improve outcomes for patients and their families at the clinical level.

Michelle began her career with the Angiogenesis Foundation, a non-profit scientific organization, as the Advocacy Director dedicated to increasing international public and patient awareness of the role angiogenesis plays in different disease states and advocating for the advancement in innovations of angiogenic therapeutics.

Through her leadership, International Expert Summits were convened in Europe, North America, South America, Asia, and Australia resulting in high-level consensus strategies on the rationale for anti-angiogenic therapy across multiple disease areas to improve outcomes on a global scale.

After joining Bayer in 2013, and through her collaborative approach, key international organizations (International Federation on Ageing (IFA), the International Diabetes Federation, and the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB)) and the retinal specialist clinical community (Vision Academy (VA)) have joined forces with Bayer to determine meaningful opportunities for intervention in diabetic eye health, regardless of resource setting.

With the recent publication of the Diabetic Retinopathy (DR) Barometer Study, a study in forty-one countries on diabetic retinopathy care, Michelle has pioneered a groundbreaking effort to examine the impact of diabetes and the associated debilitating eye disease complication from the perspectives of people living with diabetes and the health professionals who care for them.

The study findings have now evolved to the DR Barometer Program, a collaboration between individuals and organizations to drive meaningful change in the screening, treatment, and prognosis of people with diabetic retinopathy.This multidisciplinary community works to improve the vision health outcomes of adults with diabetes, through collaboration, action and knowledge exchange. The DR Barometer Program aims to be the global point of connection for ‘evidence-to-action’ around diabetes-related vision complications.

This unique collaboration is central to improving patient outcomes and responding to a major global public health threat, that is, the increased prevalence of diabetes and its eye health.The DR Barometer Program aims to be the global point of connection for ‘evidence-to-action’ around diabetes-related vision complications. Health implications, coupled with the rapidly ageing population.

Michelle is a graduate of Arizona State University, and received her Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies with focus on International Business and Political Science.

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Milka Mafwiri

Professor in Ophthalmology at MUHAS and a consultant ophthalmologist at MNH
Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS) and Muhimbili National Hospital (MNH)
Milka Mafwiri is a professor in Ophthalmology at Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS) and a consultant ophthalmologist at Muhimbili National Hospital (MNH) in Dar-es-Salaam Tanzania. She is an ophthalmologist with Masters in Community Eye Health working as a clinician, trainer and researcher. Her research work is mainly in child eye health, primary eye care and diabetic retinopathy. In 2013, in collaboration with the National Eye Care programme, as the principle investigator she conducted the Situational analysis of infrastructure and human resources for diabeticretinopathy services in Tanzania. She also participated in data collection for TADDS in Tanzania.

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Minh Anh Tran

Head of School of Optometry
Hanoi Medical University (HMU)
Minh heads up the new school of optometry at Hanoi Medical University, established by the Brien Holden Vision Institute Foundation in collaboration with local partners. The first cohort of 43 optometrists graduated this year in August 2019.

Passion fuels her drive to develop critical relationships within the ophthalmology community and advocate for optometry to be accepted within the fabric of eye health care in Vietnam. Recently, she completed an Advocacy for Eye Health course to help inform her efforts of encouraging the Vietnamese Government to ratify the job code for optometry in Vietnam.

Minh Anh explained, “Optometry is a new profession for Vietnam, so we need this recognition to ensure the profession is sustainable and grows within the public and private health care systems.”

See Minh's full Eye Health Hero Bio here

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Mohamad N Alamuddin

MD, MPH
Prevention Blindness Union (PBU)

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Munir Ahmed

Orbis

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Mustapha A Njie

OneSight
My name is Mustapha A Njie, from an extended family in The Gambia, West Africa. I was born in the small village of Berending, located in the North Bank Region of The Gambia. After completing my senior school in 2008 I was accepted to The University of The Gambia. I graduated in 2013 with a Bachelor's degree Major in Economics and Minor in mathematics. After graduating I began volunteering with OneSight because I believed in their vision of giving sight to the world and I wanted to be part of that mission. I worked with a team of volunteers in the Gambia to open seven sustainable vision centers, bringing access to eye care and eyewear to 1.9 million people. I am currently Senior Manager, Programming- Africa supporting the continual development of existing OneSight programs in Rwanda, Zambia, Liberia, and South Africa. I also help initiate and expand the sustainable vision care model in new countries.

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Obialo Osigwe

Senior Optometrist, Lecturer
IMO State University, Nigeria
I have skills in humanitarian health care services, team motivation & leadership, research, data analysis, communication & using information for result based management to achieve project goals. Provision of organizational and community level humanitarian health care support, counselling and advisory services. Instructing and supervising eye care students. Administration and management of visual health clinic. Monitoring and evaluation of skills acquisition and livelihood support. Research and development.

AREAS OF EXPERTISE
  • Monitoring and evaluation
  • Development program/projectadministration
  • Humanitarian health care service
  • Other educational, teaching or training experience

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
  • Public Health Optometry, Salus University, Elkins Park, PA, USA, (2018)
  • Optometry, Abia State University, Uturu, Nigeria, (Summa cum Laude) (Recipient of Best Clinician Award), 2001

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Omar Alieu Touray

Lead Resource Mobilization Specialist,
Islamic Solidarity Fund for Development, Islamic Development Bank

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Omar Beltaief

President
Nadi Al Bassar, Tunisia

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Peter Holland

CEO
IAPB

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Peter Kileo

Programmes Coordinator
Kilimanjaro Centre for Community Ophthalmology
Academic qualifications: PGD, Community Development, MA, Cooperative and Community Development from Sokoine University of Agriculture, Tanzania.

Experience and expertise: Six years of work experience in the field of Community of Ophthalmology. Main areas of expertise include V2020 planning and mentorship, M&E, resources mobilization, teaching and facilitation. I help to initiate and mentor V2020 programmes, coordinating resources, in various levels to achieve V2020 goals. I link programmes with the donors who support KCCO work through reports writing. Conduct M&E tasks, document case studies and stories. I participate in teaching Management and Bridging strategies courses organized by KCCO, as well as assist the Director at KCCO Tanzania on management issues.

Spoken and written languages: Fluent in Swahili, Chagga and English,currently learning French.

Starting date with KCCO: First joined KCCO in January 2013.

Main role and responsibilities with KCCO:
Programmes mentorship, as well as assistant to the KCCO Tanzania Director.

Location: Currently based in Moshi, Kilimanjaro - Tanzania.

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Prebo Barango

WHO NCD Focal Point in the Inter-country support team (IST) for Eastern and Southern Africa based in Harare, Zimbabwe
WHO AFRO

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Priya Morjaria

Researcher, International Centre for Eye Health
Peek, LSHTM

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Rajiv Khandekar

Head of Ophthalmic Epidemiology & Low Vision Services
Research department, King Khaled Eye Specialist hospital, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
MS (Ophthalmology); PG Diploma (Epidemiology), Certified low vision rehabilitation care provider

Highlights of work
  • Lead team member of elimination of blinding trachoma in Oman. Established primary eye care, school eye health in Oman. Health Information Management System for eye care at three levels in Oman. Written Eye health care manual, Ear health care manual for Oman.
  • Trained in Low vision rehabilitation by WHO / HKSB at Hong Kong in 2005. Conducted low vision training workshop in India, Nepal, Indonesia, Yemen, Oman
  • Acted as temporary WHO consultant for a number of global and regional consultancy services
  • Conducted research training workshop in Saudi Arabia, India, Nepal.
  • Represented institution in a number of international meets of IAPB /WHO

Noteworthy Affiliation
Attaché Physician in University of British Columbia University from 1999 till to date
Hon. Research advisor to three ophthalmic institutes in India.
Life member of All India Ophthalmology Society
Member of Saudi Ophthalmology Society

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Rengaraj Venkatesh

MD, Chief Medical Officer
Aravid Hospital, Pondicherry
Rengaraj Venkatesh is the Chief Medical Officer at the Aravind Eye Hospital, Pondicherry. He completed his ophthalmic residency in Aravind Eye Hospital, Madurai and joined as consultant in the same hospital. Since then he is actively involved in clinical activities, teaching, and research work and also plays an active role in consultancy and capacity building of eye hospitals in the developing world through the consulting division of Aravind Eye Care System – LAICO.

His area of clinical interest is cataract microsurgery and glaucoma. Dr. Venkatesh has many peer reviewed publications in cataract and glaucoma and also has won many awards in National and International forum including the ASCRS “Film Festival Award”, AAO “Best of Show Award” and IIRSI “Gold Medal”. Dr. Venkatesh regularly conducts manual small incision cataract surgery courses in National and International conferences and has been invited to deliver lectures in topics related to cataract and glaucoma in many important meetings.  He has also been invited to speak about Aravind Model in many International meetings including the African Glaucoma Summit, Pacific Health Summit, Moorefield’s International Glaucoma Symposium, Wilmer Eye Institute Grand Rounds and by many others.

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Reshma Dabideen

Director of Programming, Africa
OneSight
Reshma Dabideen is a dynamically applicable Senior Management Level Professional with across the board proficiency in the following business environments: International Development, Facilitation of Social Change, Programme and Management | Design, Execution and Control of Strategies, Vision, Systems and Policies , Capacity and Stakeholder Relations ,Organisational Transformation , Leadership, Guidance and Mentoring.

Reshma prides herself on her extensive interpersonal and communication skills with developed ability to analyze problems, find tangible solutions and implement new systems and procedures in a fast paced business environment. She possesses a strong drive to achieve set goals and objectives by always delivering high standards of service excellence.

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Rohit Khanna

Director, Gullapalli Pratibha Rao International Centre for Advancement of Rural Eye care (GPR ICARE), MBBS, DOMS, MSc (CEH), MPH
L V Prasad Eye Institute
Dr Rohit C Khanna has completed Residency in ophthalmology from Government Medical College, Nagpur and did a Comprehensive Fellowship at L V Prasad Eye Institute (LVPEI). Subsequently, he did a Masters in Community Eye Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and a Masters in Public Health from The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at school of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Rochester, USA and Senior Visiting Fellow at the University of New South Wales, Australia.
His clinical areas of interest are cataract and glaucoma. Apart from his clinical responsibility, he is also involved in Public Health training and research. He is the Course Convenor for the Diploma and Masters program in Community Eye Health programs and was involved in designing the Masters Program in Community Eye Health, in collaboration with the University of New South Wales (UNSW). In research, he is involved with outcomes of different interventions as well as Geriatric and Child Eye Health and have published extensively in this area. He is a on the Editorial Board of several journals too. He is a member on numerous Working Group for the International Agency for Prevention of Blindness (IAPB). He was involved in capacity building of different hospitals and Institutes, both Nationally and Internationally. He has also worked on various consulting projects, for many National and International Organizations, including IAPB and WHO. He is recipient of several grants and awards too.
Complete list of Publications: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/myncbi/collections/bibliography/57631703/

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Sabine Rehbichler

International Director Programmes - Advocacy and Strategic Partnerships
Light for the World
As International Director Programmes, Advocacy and Strategic Partnerships at LIGHT FOR THE WORLD International, Ms Sabine Rehbichler is responsible for the strategic development of the Light for the World programmes in policy work. She is highly active in numerous international disability development networks.

Before joining the organisation in 2006, Sabine studied business administration and then gained extensive international working experience in the profit as well as the non-profit sector. In her role as programme coordinator, she built up the Light for the World programme portfolio in Burkina Faso, developing successful partnerships with federal ministries, institutional partners and the civil society.

Sabine holds profound technical expertise in community-based rehabilitation, inclusive education and advocating disability inclusion.

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Sandra Block

OD, M Ed, MPH, FAAO, FCOVD, FNAP
ICO
Professor of Optometry at Illinois College of Optometry
Global Clinical Advisor, Special Olympics Lions Clubs International
Opening Eyes
Co-chair the National Center for Children’s Vision and Eye Health
Chair, Public Health Committee, World Council of Optometry

Dr. Block received her degree from Illinois College of Optometry (1981), and then completed a Pediatric Residency. She has been a consultant to Special Olympics since 1995 and was instrumental in developing the vision program protocols used globally. Dr. Block is a professor at ICO.She has been the Medical Director for the Illinois Eye Institute at the Princeton Elementary School –a school-based vision clinic serving Chicago Public Schools since 2011. She is, Co-chair of the National Center for Children’s Vision and Eye Health (HRSA), Public Health Committee, Chair of the World Council of Optometry and is past Chair for the National Academy of Practice in Optometry.

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Sangchul Yoon

Project BOM

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Sanjeev Heemraz

Consultant Nurse Ophthalmology
Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust
Sanjeev Heemraz trained in London and qualified as a registered nurse in 1995.  After completing Nurse training Sanjeev joined the East London University to further his studies and completed his first Degree in Health Studies.  Sanjeev was appointed as a staff nurse in the ophthalmology Unit at Dorset County Hospital in Dorchester in 1997.  In 1998, Sanjeev progressed his career, taking opportunities to become a senior staff Nurse at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust (GSTT), Eye Department and later became the Charge Nurse. In 2008 he became the Programme Manager for the Diabetic Eye complication Service (covering Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham Primary care Trust) for two years before moving back to the Eye department as the Matron.  Appointed Chairperson for the Matron group from 2015-2017 and Lead on Safe in Our Hand Agenda (SIOH) at GSTT.  Sanjeev sits in the Digital Council and is the Deputy Lead for the Nursing and Midwifery Events Committee.  He completed his MSc in Nursing and Nurse prescribing in 2014 at City University and has been working as a Consultant Nurse since January 2018. Sanjeev area of interests are vitreo-retinal, cataract, ocular emergencies, Dry eyes, primary care clinic and review of patients post ocular surgeries. He also practised as an aesthetic practitioner and has experience in Botox injections and derma fillers.  He leads on the development of nurses and Allied Health Professionals to undertake nurse led initiatives like nurse led minor operations, intra vitreal injections, cornea cross-linking, Dry Eyes clinic, streamlining triage for ocular emergencies and post op cataract and vitreo retinal surgeries. Sanjeev was recently awarded next generation Nightingale Nurse at GSTT.

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Senanu Quacoe

Co-chair for Francophone / Lusophone West Africa Sub-Region; Optometrist
DESSO (Ophthalmologist Training Institution)
Senanu Quacoe is the co-chair for Francophone/Lusophone West Africa Sub-region. He is an optometrist in private practice in Lome in Togo. He graduated in Belgium, spent several months in France and in Germany where he worked with Jean Luc Dubie, the then president of French optometrists and the late Mr Rolf Dieter Duschner, secretary of the European Optometry Society. He’s trained on lens surfacing, and has a certificate on Child Vision, Vision and Ageing from the Institute de Visiologie de France in Paris . He’s a member of the European Society of Optometry based in Brussels, as well as Optometric Extension Program Foundation based in the USA. Mr Quacoe was the AFCO president from 2004 – 2008 and is currently the secretary for the Vision 2020 committee in Togo. He has been very instrumental in the creation of the regional school of optometry for francophone West Africa based at IOTA (Bamako- Mali). Mr Quacoe is a part time lecturer at the DESSO (ophthalmologist training institution) and was awarded the optometrist of the year Award in 2004 and the IPP Achievement award in 2011 by the African Council of Optometry.

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Serge Resnikoff

Chair, International Coalition for Trachoma control (ICTC) & President (OPC),
Organisation pour la Prevention de la Cécité (OPC)
Professor Serge Resnikoff MD, PhD, is an international expert and consultant in global public health, ophthalmology, and eye health. He is also the Chair of the International Myopia Institute board, the Chair of Our Children’s Vision advisory board and the President and Chair of Organisation pour la Prévention de la Cécité (OPC), an organization developing eye care in francophone Africa.

From 1999 until 2004, he led the WHO Programme for the Prevention of Blindness and Deafness, which aimed to make essential eye and ear care available to all. Since joining WHO in 1995, he has developed public health strategies and contributed to global partnerships such as VISION 2020, involving governments, academic institutions, non-governmental organizations and private sector groups.

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Silvio Mariotti

MD, PhD, NVI/BDD/Prevention of Blindness
World Health Organization, Geneva

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Simon Arunga

MBChB, MMed (Ophth), FCOECSA, Clinical Lecturer Department of Opththalmology
Mbarara University of Science & Technology, PhD Student, LSHTM
Simon trained as a general doctor at Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST) in southern Uganda. In 2013, he graduated as an ophthalmologist. He stayed on at MUST to work as clinical lecturer in the Department of Ophthalmology. His work involves patient management including ophthalmic surgery, coordination of the ophthalmology training programme at MUST and research.

Simon started his PhD in September 2015, through the International Centre for Eye Health at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. His research is focused on corneal infections in Uganda, which is a frequent, severe cause of sight loss. Following the PhD, Simon will continue to work with his supervisor and mentor Prof Matthew Burton as a post-doctoral research fellow on a Wellcome Trust funded project exploring new approaches to treating corneal infections in Uganda.

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Simon Day

Regional Programme Coordinator for the Africa
IAPB
Simon Day is the Regional Programme Coordinator for the Africa region. He has spent the past fifteen years living and working in Europe and has been with IAPB since 2014.
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Sunita Arora

Sr. Program Manager
Dr. Shroff’s Charity Eye Hospital
Academic qualifications: MSW, Jamia Millia Islamia, Delhi, India.

Experience and expertise: Around 25 years of experience in the field of program management, strategic planning, policy creation and capacity building of various cadres. Had stint with various national and international level organisations for senior and mid-level management. Main areas of expertise include planning and mentorship, M&E, resources mobilization, teaching and facilitation. From past six years have joined the field of ophthalmology and working towards AOP capacity building that includes design, implementation and developing the program with SCEH.

Spoken and written languages: Fluent in Hindi, English and Punjabi.

Starting date with SCEH: November 2013.

Main role and responsibilities with SCEH:
AOP Programmes design, implementation and evaluation.

Location: Currently based in Daryaganj, Delhi - India.

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Suzanne Gilbert

Senior Director, Innovation & Sight
SEVA

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Tanya Harris

Global Manager Procurement & Sustainability
The Fred Hollows Foundation
Tanya has spent the past 11 years embedding sustainability into procurement methodology and broader organisational operations in the private and development sectors. Tanya has represented Australian business at the UN Climate Change Conference, co-lead the establishment of the Australian technical committee and represented Australian business interest in the 4 years of negotiation to develop the first international standard in sustainable procurement (ISO 20400:2017), endorsed at the multilateral level. She leads the procurement and sustainability functions for The Fred Hollows Foundation, an international eye health agency operating across 25 country jurisdictions, adopting sustainability to build a climate resilient healthcare sector and strengthen existing health systems through more efficient, equitable and positive procurement outcomes.

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Victoria Sheffield

President & CEO
International Eye Foundation (IEFUSA)
Victoria Sheffield has 46 years’ experience in ophthalmology and international blindness prevention. She was certified as an Ophthalmic Medical Technologist after graduating from the two-year training program at the Georgetown University Medical School in Washington, DC. A Viet Nam era veteran, US Air Force Medical Corps (1966-1971), she served in the Philippines and Italy. Ms. Sheffield was appointed Assistant Director for Paramedical Training Programs at the International Eye Foundation in 1979. She lived in Kenya working with IEF’s “Kenya Rural Blindness Prevention Project” 1980-1983 with follow-on assignments in the Middle East and the Caribbean. In 1984, she joined Helen Keller International as Director of Technical, Educational, and Scientific Services providing training, conducting surveys, and designing materials with a focus on vitamin A deficiency in Asia and Africa. Ms. Sheffield worked closely with UNICEF during the drought and famine in Ethiopia and Sudan in 1985 and 1986, battling vitamin A deficiency and trachoma. She returned to IEF as President & CEO in 1990. Ms. Sheffield is a recognized leader in the field of blindness prevention; consulted with the World Health Organization’s "Programme for Prevention of Blindness" 1985-1987 in Geneva designing and producing public eye health education materials.

She lectures at US and UK universities and has presented at the Royal Society of Medicine in London; authored 25 publications, 4 book chapters, 63 presentations at professional conferences, and served as the technical reviewer on 7 publications. Ms. Sheffield is Vice President of the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) 2015-2020; Co-Chaired the IAPB North America Region (1999-2012); Chaired the IAPB "Partnership Committee” in collaboration with WHO 1993-1998; member of the Executive Committee (founding Vice Chair 2009-2010) of VISION 2020/USA; consultant to the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s (AAO) Global Outreach & Education Committee; and was an officer of InterAction, a US-based consortium of over 160 international NGOs. In October 2013, she was appointed Vice Chair of the newly formed International Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus Council’s Advisory Board.

Ms. Sheffield was given the rank of Dame by HM Queen Elizabeth II in The Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem, served on the Hospital’s Board of Trustees 2009-2015 chairing the Strategy Committee and serving on the Clinical Governance Committee, and serves on the US Chapter (Board) 2015-2018 serving on the Development, Finance, & Investiture Committees. She received an AAO Senior Achievement Award-2014, AAO Secretariat Award-2013, 2010 “Prince Abdulaziz Ahmad Al Saud Prevention of Blindness Award” from the Middle East Africa Council of Ophthalmology, AAO Achievement Award-1999, IAPB Regional Achievement Award-1998, and 1990 Statesmanship Award from the Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology. Ms. Sheffield served on the United Nations Association/National Capital Area Board receiving its Human Rights Award in 1998. She is an Overseas Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine-UK, DACOR-An Organization of Foreign Service Professionals, and an Honorary Member of the Union of Bulgarian Ophthalmologists and the Albanian Society of Ophthalmology. Ms. Sheffield has traveled to 105 countries, lived in five countries on four continents, and has professional experience in 44 countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East, and Eastern Europe.

Affiliations:

Vice President of International Agency for Prevention of Blindness 2016-2020, Vice Chair of International Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus Council’s Advisory Board, rank of Dame by HM Queen Elizabeth II in The Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem, served on the St. John of Jerusalem Hospital Board of Directors 2009-2015, United Nations Association/ National Capital Area Board of Members, 1998, Founding Vice Chair of VISION2020/USA, officer of InterAction, Overseas Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine-UK, DACOR-An Organization of Foreign Service Professionals, and an Honorary Member of the Union of Bulgarian Ophthalmologists and the Albanian Society of Ophthalmology, and U.S. Air Force Veteran

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Vumilia Mmari

National Training Coordinator for Nursing and Midwifery programme
Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children (MOHCDGEC), Dodoma-Tanzania
Vumilia Mmari is registered nurse and midwife/Nurse Educator. Vumilia is currently employed by the Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children (MOHCDGEC) as the National Training Coordinator for Nursing and Midwifery programme at the ministry’s headquarter in Dodoma-Tanzania. In this position Vumilia has vast experience in designing curricula, training guidelines and materials. She spearheads curriculum development and support to pre-service education schools for nurses and midwives on implementation of the curriculum.

Before joining the MOHCDGEC, Vumilia worked in various positions as a clinical nurse and midwifery and Nurse Educator at Muhimbili School of Nursing over the last 18 years.
In between working Vumilia took breaks to graduate with an Advance Diploma in Nursing Education at Muhimbili University College of Health Sciences in 2004, Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the Agha Khan University in 2006 and a Masters in Nursing in 2010 at Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS) Dar es Salaam-Tanzania. In 2017 joined a PhD in Nursing Education at the University of Dodoma, Tanzania.

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Yoswa Dambisya

Director General, Prof
East, Central & Southern Africa Health Community (ECSA-HC)
Prof Yoswa Dambisya is the Director General of ECSA-HC since August 2014. Prior to joining ECSA-HC, Prof Dambisya worked for the University of Limpopo in South Africa. As Director General, he is charged with providing overall leadership and guidance to the technical and corporate programmes towards the realization of the ECSA-HC mandate. Prof Dambisya is a medical graduate with the MBChB degree from Makerere University, Kampala, and a PhD (Pharmacology) from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He has undertaken several short-courses in various fields, including leadership and management, monitoring and evaluation, medical education, global health diplomacy, and strategic planning.

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Yuddha Sapkota

IAPB South East Asia Regional Coordinator
IAPB

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Zacarias Zicai

Country Director, Mozambique
Light for the World
Zacarias Zicai is the Country Director of Light for the World International, Country Office Mozambique. He has been playing a crucial role in the advancement of the Mozambique programme and particularly leading the advocacy activities for the rights of persons with disabilities and for inclusive and affordable eye care services for the neediest and unreached people at community level in Mozambique. Light for the World is one of the leading NGOs in the support to the Ministry of Health of Mozambique in provision of eye care services through strengthening the Mozambique public eye health services at different levels, national, provincial, district and community level.

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Zoe Gray

Advocacy Manager
IAPB
Zoe Gray is Advocacy Manager at the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness. Her role involves raising visibility of eye health, promoting an enabling policy environment, and advancing universal access in particular so that those most in need get access to eye health.

Zoe has worked in policy and advocacy in development and human rights since 2001. A major focus of her work has been in advancing access to development including health for groups and sectors of the population experiencing or at risk of marginalization. This includes people with disabilities, minorities and indigenous peoples, and older persons. She has worked at local, national, regional and global levels. Zoe has experience of planning, delivering and monitoring projects in Africa, Asia, Europe, and America, and delivering workshops and chairing and organising meetings in those regions. She is a trained journalist and has authored a broad range of papers, articles and blogs on topics including eye health, universal health coverage and equitable health systems, inclusive development and human rights and development.

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Bayer

Event Sponsor
Bayer is a global enterprise with core competencies in the fields of health care, agriculture and high-tech polymer materials. As an innovation company, Bayer set trends in research-intensive areas. Its products and services are designed to benefit people and improve their quality of life. At the same time Bayer aims to create value through innovation, growth and high earning power.
Bayer is committed to the principles of sustainable development and to its social and ethical responsibilities as a corporate citizen.
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CBM

Programme Partner
CBM is an international Christian development organisation, committed to improving the quality of life of people with disabilities in the poorest communities of the world.

The world is making progress in tackling poverty. However, people with disabilities are being left behind. One in seven of us has a disability. That is more than one billion of people around the world, 80 per cent of whom live in low middle income countries.

Based on its Christian values and over 100 years of professional expertise, we address poverty as a cause and a consequence of disability, and work in partnership to create an inclusive society for all.

The emphasis throughout our work in poorer regions of the world is on local capacity development. This increases service delivery in the fields of healthcare, education, rehabilitation and livelihood development as well as organisational development of partner organisations.
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Islamic Solidarity Fund for Development

Programme Partner
The Islamic Solidarity Fund for Development (ISFD) is the poverty alleviation arm of the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) Group. It is a primary vehicle for the following activities in IDB Member Countries: Fighting poverty & hunger and promoting pro-poor growth; Providing financial support to enhance the productive capacity and sustainable means of income generation for the poor; Emphasising human development, especially reducing illiteracy and eradicating diseases/epidemics
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Light for the World

Programme Partner
Light for the World is a global disability & development organisation, breaking down barriers to enrich society and unlock the potential in all of us.We enable crucial eye health services and empower people with disabilities in some of the poorest regions of the world. Our focus is on the poorest and hardest to reach because those women, men, girls and boysneed it most. We create change through local people, organisations and governments because we want our impact to last.

Light for the World looks back on 30 years of experience in comprehensive eye care provision. Our original aim, and one of our key areas of work to this day, is to provide quality and sustainable eye health services to people in Sub-Saharan Africa.

What we do in Eye Health and NTDs:
We strengthen health systems to provide quality, comprehensive and inclusive eye health services.
We empower and engage communities to increase service utilization and adopt healthy eye care practices through awareness raising and training of multipliers (teachers, traditional healers).
We strengthen referral systems through primary health care givers and improve access to surgery by providing and supporting outreach services.
We invest and advocate for increasing the number, the geographical spread and skills of Eye Health professionals.
We ensure eye health units are adequately equipped and provide quality services to the population, that are as comprehensive as possible, including services addressing cataract, glaucoma, and uncorrected refractive errors.
We technically and financially support local authorities at regional and national levels to plan and implement their own frameworks and policies within the global initiative Vision 2020 and in line with WHO´s Global Action Plan for Universal Eye Health.
We are dedicated to eliminating trachoma and other NTDs.
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Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF)

Programme Partner
Our mission is to support the efforts of Lions clubs and partners in serving communities locally and globally, giving hope and impacting lives through humanitarian service projects and grants.

The story of LCIF is epic—filled with unlimited compassion and tireless support of Lions service. For more than 50 years, we’ve dedicated our energies to increasing the ability of Lions everywhere, helping them empower the communities they serve. With every grant we give, our history grows, along with the impact of Lions. Today, we couldn’t be more proud of where we stand, or more excited about the future of our work.
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OneSight

Programme Partner
OneSight is an independent nonprofit committed to eradicating the global vision care crisis in our lifetime. Because clear sight does so much more than help us see clearly. It helps us perform better in school, earn more and connect more deeply with one another.
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Project BOM

Programme Partner
Project BOM is a research team providing comprehensive eye care for
the visually impaired people living in resource limited conditions. It is affiliated with the Yonsei University College of Medicine in South Korea. Yonsei University’s Severance Hospital is the first modern medical institution in Korea, and it has been a leading medical institution in the country for more than 130 years.

Department of Ophthalmology of the College of Medicine had launched a blindness prevention project named Project Blindness Zero Movement(BOM) in 2011 to provide proper eye health services to the people of Malawi, one of the most impoverished countries in the world, with support from the Korean International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) and our concerned partners in business sector such as Hyundai Motor Chung Mong Ku Foundation or Korea Telecom (KT).

The objective of the Project BOM had been finding ways to improve eye health accessibility and
eye health equity of marginalized people, focusing on the prevention and treatment of cataract, trachoma, and refractive errors, while strengthening the capacity of local eye health professionals until the expansion of its coverage to Vietnam, which also broadened its services to other public health concerns.

Project BOM now has expertise in evidence generation for global health policies focusing on planning, development, implementation, and evaluation
of its projects with various health activities.

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Standard Chartered Bank

Programme Partner

Seeing is Believing is an ambitious partnership between Standard Chartered and the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) that focuses on tackling avoidable blindness and visual impairment.

At Seeing is Believing, our mission is to treat avoidable blindness and visual impairment by improving access to affordable and quality eye care.

Since 2003, thanks to your support, we’ve raised over USD100 million and reached over 176 million people. We’ve tackled avoidable blindness by funding more than 193 eye care projects in low and middle-income communities globally, making it easier for many to return to education and work.

From 2019, Standard Chartered will no longer raise or match funds for Seeing is Believing. Standard Chartered, IAPB and our implementing partners will, however, remain focused on delivering projects until the end of 2020.

The Bank will build on Seeing is Believing’s legacy by mobilising support for the Vision Catalyst Fund and by supporting people with visual impairment through Futuremakers by Standard Chartered, the Bank’s new global initiative to tackle inequality and promote economic inclusion.
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Seva Foundation

Programme Partner
Seva is a global nonprofit eye care organization that transforms lives and strengthens communities by restoring sight and preventing blindness.

We train local eye care providers and develop self-sustainingeye programs around the world.

Together we provide critical eye care to underserved communities, especially women, children, and indigenous peoples.

Seva has helped 5 million people regain their sight in more than 20 countries.

36 million people in the world are blind. 80% of them could see again with your help.

Restoring sight is one of the most effective ways to relieve suffering and reduce poverty.

Your $50 donation restores sight with a 15-minute cataract surgery that changes someone's life forever. You can donate to Seva here.
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The Fred Hollows Foundation

Programme Partner
The Fred Hollows Foundation has a very clear goal: we’re putting an end to avoidable blindness. When this day comes, people in developing countries will get the same quality eye care the rest of the world takes for granted – and we won’t stop until this is done.
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The King Khaled Eye Specialist Hospital

Programme Partner
King Khaled Eye Specialist Hospital (KKESH) is a recognized tertiary healthcare facility since 1983 which offers wide range of ophthalmic healthcare services, with high skilled professionals, catering services from primary care to advanced cases in Anterior Segment, Glaucoma, Medicine, Neuro-Ophthalmology, Oculoplastics and Orbit, Pediatric and Strabismus, Retina and Uveitis Division.
The Hospital has a 250 bed capacity and is the largest tertiary ophthalmic care referral hospital in the Riyadh region. KKESH makes full use of its resources in fulfilling its mission to provide tertiary eye care consistent with the highest standards, to educate and train professionals, to conduct research, to enhance community awareness and to develop outreach programs to facilitate a comprehensive national eye care plan dedicated to the prevention of blindness in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
In alignment of its vision towards being the center of excellence in providing best specialized ophthalmic care worldwide, KKESH is committed in participating and achieving the strategic objectives of the Vision 2030 Program for the healthcare industry wherein the Ministry of Health (MOH) is adapting to provide comprehensive health services comparable to the services provided by other international medically developed institutions.
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Adaptica s.r.l.

Adaptica, part of the He Vision Group, is an Italian company located in Padua. It develops and manufactures simple, smart, mobile devices to detect refractive errors and visual defects.Founded in 2009 as a spin-off of the University of Padova – Italy and specialising in adaptive optics and optoelectronics applied to industry and astronomical research, Adaptica leveraged on its technological know-how in astronomy to move from universe towards exploring human vision.
The 25 people start-up is nowadays part of a 2,500 people group. We are building together a lean and advanced environment that aims to provide access to Eye Care Services to each and every person in the world.
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Appasamy Associates

Since 1978, Appasamy Associates and Group of Companies has been a leading Manufacturer and Distributor of Ophthalmic Diagnostic & Surgical Equipments, Ophthalmic Lasers, Intraocular Lenses, Microsurgical Instruments, Ophthalmic Viscoelastic Devices and Ophthalmic Pharmaceuticals throughout the World. Our three decades of work has been widely appreciated throughout the World. Our dedication to support our products has become a bench mark among the Eye Care Community. We have dedicated state of the art Research & Development Team to fulfil the requirements of the Ophthalmic Community. We strive hard to make each and every modern technology and equipment within the easy reach of Ophthalmic Surgeons and Vision Care Professionals throughout the World.
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Aurolab

Aurolab, based in southern part of India, is an integral part of the Aravind Eye Care System. It manufactures a wide range of high quality ophthalmic consumables such as intraocular lenses, surgical sutures, pharmaceutical products, surgical blades and equipments.. Aurolab's growth and product development criteria are driven by societal needs for high quality products at affordable prices. All Aurolab products are manufactured on efficient production lines with strict quality assurance measures that comply with US FDA, EU GMP, WHO GMP norms. Aurolab's products are exported to 160 and more countries worldwide, with focus markets like India, Africa, Latin America, Central America and Southeast Asia.
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Carl Zeiss Meditec AG

ZEISS is an internationally leading technology enterprise operating in the fields of optics and optoelectronics. ZEISS has been contributing to technological progress for 170 years. ZEISS develops, produces and distributes highly innovative solutions for industrial metrology and quality assurance, microscopy solutions for the life sciences and materials research, and medical technology solutions for diagnostics and treatment in ophthalmology and microsurgery. The name ZEISS is also synonymous with the world's leading lithography optics, which are used by the chip industry to manufacture semiconductor components. There is global demand for trendsetting ZEISS brand products such as eyeglass lenses, camera lenses and binoculars.

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Deepak Care Ltd

DEEPAK group has been manufacturing ophthalmic products since 1976-that’s over 42 years!! Our range includes Ophthalmic Equipments, Instruments, Consumables, Implants & Pharmaceuticals. They cover the entire spectrum of ophthalmic sub specialities. Of special mention is our Cataract Consumables Kit (CATKIT) –a single SKU for over 25 items required for cataract surgery. We are also the only manufacturers of Trachoma Consumables Kit (TRIKIT) in the world. The products are high quality and have ISO 9001, ISO 13485 & CE certifications. Our products are quite affordable for the developing world. We can supply to anywhere in the world directly or on behalf of donors, with various shipping options like EMS, DHL, Air Freight, Ocean Freight etc. We also do turnkey projects with local installation & training. We look forward to being your partner in eradicating avoidable blindness from your area.
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Devine Meditech

Devine Meditech Pvt. Ltd. and its group companies are functioning seamlessly since 1975 to provide Medical solutions in the field of Ophthalmology, Operation Theater and Intensive Care segments. Devine Meditech Pvt. Ltd. has undertaken itself a Mission to Become “The Trusted Partner In healthcare “.

To, give more details about Devine Meditech products, kindly visit our website www.devinemeditech.com covering following product categories. Additional , Devine team can be contacted at
Email : sales@devinemeditech.com
Mobile and Whatsapp : + 91 9810046479/ + 91 9810046979

1 ) Devine Intraocular Lens

The IOLs are manufactured under highest quality norms of ISO 9001, ISO 13485 and have been European CE approved as well registered with Indian FDA.

  • PMMA Rigid IOL ,
  • Foldable Hydrophilic IOL (Spheric, Aspheric and Aspheric Square Edge)
  • Foldable Hydrophobic IOL (Spheric, Aspheric and Aspheric Square Edge)
  • Iris Claw Lens
  • Capsule Tension Rings


Devine Ophthalmic Consumables and Implants , including Surgical Instruments

  • Sutures : Catgut, Vicryl, Nylon, Silk
  • Blades and Knives : Keratomes, Crescent, Slit, MVR
  • Ophthalmic Drapes, Needles, Syringes, Gowns, Caps and Masks
  • Ophthalmic Test Strips and Sponges
  • Disposable Cannula, Disposable Microsurgical Instruments.
  • Various Cataract Kits
  • Microsurgical Instruments : Forceps, Scissors, Needle Holders etc

Devine Ophthalmic Equipments
  • Trial Lens Set and Frames, Vision Testing Charts, Equipments and Accessories
  • Refraction Equipment's - Auto-Refractometer/ Keratometer, Lensmeter, Synoptophore, etc.
  • Microscope- Operating Microscope 3 step, Operating Microscope Stereo zoom and Accessories etc.

As you can see, Devine group manufactures and supply a comprehensive range of Ophthalmic Consumables and Implants required for Eye Hospital and clinics. 
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Forus Health

We develop and manufacture highly advanced medical devices, designed for the effective management of visual health. Our technology solutions are built for affordability and accessibility of both urban and rural patients.
Today, Forus Health is transforming into a digital healthcare solutions business by also providing integrated and intelligent technology modules, such as Cloud-based Digital Healthcare Platforms, to augment the efficiency of our medical systems.
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Icare Finland

The Icare story originally began with the development of the rebound tonometer. It was a major breakthrough obtained after a decade of hard work by Finnish MD, Mr. Antti Kontiola, who wanted to find a new, easy and patient-friendly method of measuring intraocular pressure.
The realization of the rebound method and its equipment has involved a number of partners, including the Helsinki University Eye Clinic in the clinical testing, and the Mount Sinai Medical School in the US in developing the veterinary modification of the instrument.
Today the Icare® tonometer has obtained world wide official clearances (CE, US FDA, CFDA etc.) and tens of thousands of satisfied users in over 75 countries. Clinical studies show that the data obtained by Icare® is fully comparable to measuring results with the Goldman Applanation Tonometer (GAT).
Icare Finland's former name is Tiolat Oy. On August 2008 the company name was changed to Icare Finland Oy.
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Imres BV

Over more than 35 years, Imres has proved that we are a reliable, efficient and trusted partner in healthcare strengthening programmes in developing countries. As an organisation, we are large enough to make a difference but small enough to give you personal attention. We care about the difference that we are making in lives and communities, and in our partners’ health projects. As a supplier, we do not make promises that we cannot keep. If we commit to a project and specific deliverables, it is because we really can deliver, as promised. We are good at what we do, but we also feel good about what we do. We feel responsible for our partners’ projects until each one ends successfully. Then we move onto our next challenge; our next opportunity to turn humanitarian dreams into concrete solutions and decisive action that saves lives.

Imres is an operating company within the Imperial Logistics Group.
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International Council of Ophthalmology

The International Council of Ophthalmology (ICO) represents and serves professional associations of ophthalmologists throughout the world.
Mission
The International Council of Ophthalmology works with ophthalmologic societies and others to enhance ophthalmic education and improve access to the highest quality eye care in order to preserve and restore vision for the people of the world.

World Alliance for Sight
The ICO is working to build a “World Alliance for Sight” by leading, stimulating, and supporting the efforts of ophthalmologic societies, eye departments, and related organizations worldwide to enhance ophthalmic education and eye care.

Through this collaboration, the ICO focuses on three main program categories:

The World Ophthalmology Congress® of the ICO is held every other year and is the longest continuous international medical meeting, first convened in 1857.

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WOC2020 will take place 26–29 June 2020 in Cape Town, South Africa.


Selected ICO Member societies participate in each WOC, and revenues from WOCs support ICO programs in eye care, leadership and society development, and education.
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Karl Kaps Optik

Founded on April 1st, 1946, and headquartered in Asslar near Wetzlar, Karl Kaps GmbH & Co. KG is specialized in the development and manufacture of modern surgical and diagnostic microscopes. The high-end products are used all over the world in ENT, ophthalmology, microsurgery, endodontics and gynecology. The company has also made a name for itself as a manufacturer of high-quality rifle scopes for hunting and sports.
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Keeler Ltd

With over 100 years of industry experience, Keeler has become a household name among optometrists and ophthalmologists worldwide. Our extensive range of diagnostic devices is used by ophthalmology students and veteran doctors alike, often for the entire duration of their careers. It all started when Charles Henry Keeler, the founder’s son, patented his first instrument – a combined retinoscope and ophthalmoscope – in 1926. Major product launches and awards have followed leading up to the first wireless indirect ophthalmoscope, a lighter Specialist ophthalmoscope, the Cryomatic cryogenic unit, the PSL Classic portable slit lamp and, most recently, the Keeler slit lamp range. Keeler also now offers the Accutome by Keeler latest range of ultrasound devices including A-scan, B-Scan, Pachymetry as well as hand held devices. Our new handheld airpuff TonoCare Tonometer is highly portable and enables you to take IOP readings easily and without the need for consumable parts. Come and see how much money this could save you per year Keeler continues to innovate and lead the field in ophthalmic instruments.
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Oertli Instrumente AG

OERTLI® - MAKING THE DIFFERENCE IN EYE SURGERY.
With its excellent surgical devices and instruments that make surgical interventions safer, easier and more efficient. With lasting innovations and new technology that have a long-term impact on cataract, glaucoma and vitreoretinal surgeries. With superb service and real added value for surgeons and OR personnel. And, in its consistent pursuit to accomplish the very best for customers, users, and patients.
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Plusoptix

Since 2001, Plusoptix has been developing, manufacturing and marketing the handheld vision screeners at the headquarters of the company in Nuremberg, Germany. Through sales partners, the company’s devices are available in more than 60 countries worldwide. Because of long-term experience in the development of binocular autorefractors with three product lines, Plusoptix devices deliver outstanding measurement accuracy, as well as highest product quality marking it with the seal of quality “Made in Germany”. (when speaking of the "highest product quality" this means all products have quality standards. "Highest quality product" means specifically the product we produce has met, or exceeded, quality standards, which includes all models we manufacture.) Along with the promise to deliver the highest product quality and measurement accuracy, Plusoptix offers many solutions for optimal process integration and connection with your Electronic Medical Record.
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Sightsavers

Sightsavers works in more than 30 countries worldwide, focussing on Africa and Asia. Our vision is of a world where avoidable blindness has been eliminated, and people with visual impairments and other disabilities have the same opportunities as everyone else.
Sightsavers has been working in Tanzania since the 1970s, helping to support and strengthen local eye care systems to tackle preventable blindness. In Tanzania, many people live in poorer or more remote areas and access to healthcare can be difficult. All five of the most common neglected tropical diseases are present here: trachoma, river blindness, lymphatic filariasis, schistosomiasis (known as ‘snail fever’), and soil-transmitted helminths (aka worms).
We provide specialist training for health workers, increase public awareness of eye care and lobby the government to ensure eye care is universally available. Our programmes in Tanzania mainly focus on preventing and treating trachoma, and providing cataract operations for those who need them. We also work to promote equal opportunities for people with disabilities.
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Board of Trustees, Committees and Work Group Meetings

09:00 AM 05:30 PM

Schedule to be confirmed shortly.
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Environmental Sustainability Working Group

09:00 AM 10:30 AM Zanzibar

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Gender Equity Working Group

09:00 AM 10:30 AM Lake Victoria

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IAPB Executive Committee

11:00 AM 12:30 PM Bagamoyo

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School Eye Health Working Group

11:00 AM 12:30 PM Zanzibar

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IAPB Regional Chairs

11:00 AM 12:30 PM Lake Victoria

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HREH Working Group

12:30 PM 02:00 PM Bagamoyo

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Diabetic Retinopathy Working Group

12:30 PM 02:00 PM Lake Victoria

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IAPB Board of Trustees

02:00 PM 06:00 PM Zanzibar

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IAPB Board of Trustees Drinks Reception

06:00 PM 07:30 PM Level 8 Rooftop Bar

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IAPB Board of Trustees

09:00 AM 04:00 PM Zanzibar

Schedule to be confirmed shortly.
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Work Groups

Low Vision Working Group

02:00 PM 03:00 PM Bagamoyo

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IAPB AGM

04:30 PM 05:00 PM Kibo 3

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China/Africa Forum

05:30 PM 09:00 PM Zanzibar

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Partnership & Collaboration
Sponsored by The Fred Hollows Foundation

Your Power: Progressing Gender Equity in Eye Health

07:30 AM 08:45 AM Zanzibar

If you believe in gender equity, come to this thought provoking breakfast . You have the power to make change happen for women and girls.

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Sponsored by OneSight

Breakfast briefing: CHOGM Lobbying Strategy – how can your organisation help?

07:30 AM 08:45 AM Bagamoyo

Following the success in London 2018, the Commonwealth Heads of Government in 2020 will be a key moment to obtain a vision pledge from Heads of State. The meeting be held in Rwanda. The Vision for the Commonwealth Group (VCG) is working to ensure the 2020 communique includes a progress report on the 2018 commitments and a further commitment to screen all school age children for vision problems. This session, co-hosted by the VCG and OneSight, will consider the lobbying advocacy approach and the various ways that IAPB members can support this effort.
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IAPB Connect
Partnership & Collaboration

Introduction to IAPB Membership: So what can IAPB do for me?

07:30 AM 08:45 AM Lake Victoria

Hear a brief history of IAPB, its aims, values, alliances, and achievements including the “VISION2020: The Right to Sight Initiative”. Learn from IAPB leaders about how you fit in, how you are now part of a global coalition, how IAPB agencies work together and with others, and how you can take advantage of what IAPB has to offer!

Please note, breakfast will not be available at this session but we will be providing Tea, Coffee and Biscuits.   

 

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Registration

08:00 AM 09:00 AM

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Plenary

Opening of the CoM & Plenary 1

09:00 AM 10:30 AM Kibo 1 & 3

The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) Council of Members meeting will open in Dar es Salaam with a welcome and introduction to the main themes of the conference (i.e. Universal Health Coverage, Universal Eye Health, Sustainability, Advocacy, Partnerships / Collaboration).

Peter Holland will give an overview and focus on the future direction for the sector and the IAPB’s role in supporting and driving forward the strategic priorities of the Community.

The session will be addressed by Ambassador Aubrey Webson, Permanent Representative of Antigua and Barbuda to the United Nations, Chair of the UN Friends of Vision (FoV) providing a global perspective and focusing on FoV, UN Framework, SDGs and Eye Health.

Jennifer Gersbeck will launch the IAPB Gender Equity Website & Toolkit.

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Coffee/Tea Break

10:30 AM 11:00 AM

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Advocacy
IAPB Learn
Sponsored by CBM

Achieving Universal Eye Health in Africa - Challenges and Opportunities

11:00 AM 12:30 PM Kibo 1

Achieving Universal eye health in Africa is a major challenge. Access to good quality eye care services is strongly linked to having resources and financial protection, which many in Africa couldn’t afford. Most eye health services are supported by development partners. Most Governments contribute little to eye care mostly due to other competing priorities. In this regard many African countries are now embracing National health insurance to their citizens. As a result, many are accessing eye care services through the system. The insurance fund often covers cataract surgeries and spectacles. Some countries are working hard to expand the coverage of the service and some eye health centres are generating a significant part their eye care service revenue through the insurance system. This is helping them to be less dependent on donors and be able to subsidize poor patients. Eye health partners (donors) need to support & encourage centres to get enrolled and make proper use of the system.

Key Questions to be addressed

1.  The role of National health insurance system in achieving universal eye health

2. How could eye health partners help in promoting it in the quest of service sustainability

3. How can we achieve clinical excellence within our programs?

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Achieving Universal Eye Health in Africa, CoM2019.pdf Download Link
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IAPB Advocate
Universal Health Coverage

Driving availability and affordability for vision-related assistive devices (glasses) - with Clinton Health Access Initiative

11:00 AM 12:30 PM Kibo 3

A number of key initiatives are underway which will spearhead change in access to glasses. ATscale, the Global Partnership for Assistive Technology, aims to revolutionise access to assistive devices, with vision one of its five priorities. In support of the ATscale strategy and as part of the AT2030 Programme, funded by UK aid, the Clinton Health Access Initiative is delivering work to identify market-shaping interventions to drive availability, affordability and accessibility. Meanwhile Essilor’s new report has launched, and a new Eyelliance report is planned. This session will focus on presenting these initiatives. It will focus on identifying and tackling challenges and blockages within markets and health systems, to ensure access and affordability of vision-related assistive devices, particularly glasses, for those most in need. It will account for efforts to progress on universal health coverage, and public and private sector delivery.

Outcomes for session:
1.  Introduce a number of key initiatives and reports aimed at changing the refractive error landscape
2.  Discuss key market and health system barriers to accessing vision-related assistive devices particularly glasses
3.  Identify priority means to tackle blockages, including learning from other sectors, and considering opportunities within the context of the push for universal health coverage and SDGs
4.  Help inform Clinton Health Access Initiative’s strategy and advocacy on market-shaping, health systems, and access to vision-related assistive devices

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Driving availability and affordability for vision-related assistive devices (glasses), CHAI CoM2019.pdf Download Link
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IAPB Learn
Sponsored by Light for the World
Sustainability

Working ourselves out of a job? Sustainability of Eye Health Initiatives

11:00 AM 12:30 PM Zanzibar

In March 2019, the IAPB Executive Committee approved a set of membership values that aim to uphold IAPB’s mission. IAPB and all of its members commit to demonstrate and live these shared values both individually and collectively. One of these values is “Sustainability”. This break-out session aims to explore what current strategies selected IAPB members implement to ensure their actions are aligned with sustainable development principles.

Break-Out Objectives / Key Questions to be addressed / Outcomes for session:

1. What does sustainable development mean in the eye health work? For IAPB members?
2. What are key strategies to ensure the sustainability of our interventions?

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Working ourselves out of a job, Light for the World CoM 2019.pdf Download Link
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IAPB Connect
Partnership & Collaboration

EnVISIONing the world in 2030 Workshop

11:00 AM 12:30 PM Lake Victoria

Where will we be in 2030?

The pace of change in the 21st century is unprecedented. It would have been hard to imagine in 1999 how different life would be in 2020. And yet, over the last two decades, VISION 2020 has provided the roadmap and impetus to help bring about historic change - resulting in the treatment and prevention of blindness of roughly 90 million people. So what next? The purpose of this workshop is to explore the opportunities and challenges for the eye health sector over the next decade.

IAPB Facilitated Workshops
IAPB will be running a series of facilitated workshops on some of the key questions facing the sector. This is your opportunity to share your views and voice suggestions on the future direction of IAPB.



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Private Sponsor Meeting

Sponsor meeting: LCIF

11:00 AM 12:30 PM Bagamoyo

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Lunch

12:30 PM 02:00 PM Lunch at Marquee and Desserts at Market Place

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Hosted by Project BOM
Partnership & Collaboration

Korean Lunch Session: Innovation for Africa

01:00 PM 01:45 PM Marquee

Description:
Lunch for all delegates to Council of Members is today hosted by Project BOM, one of our dynamic IAPB members from Korea. Enjoy lunch, network with colleagues or new friends, and take some time to listen to presentations that highlight Korean innovation and its transformative impact on projects in Africa.

Aims & Objectives:
1. Demonstrate the strong partnerships between Korean IAPB members and African NGOs
2. Highlight Korean innovation and its transformative effect on African Eye Care projects
3. Raise the profile of Korean IAPB members within IAPB and also within the African eye health NGO sector
4. Raise the profile of IAPB and the eye health sector with KOICA

Outcomes:
1. A strengthened network of Korean and African eye health NGOs and partners.
2. The establishment of a platform to share knowledge and innovation Korean and African IAPB members and associates.

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Advocacy

Advocacy for EH Education - Developing Leaders Eye Care Worldwide

02:00 PM 03:30 PM Kibo 1

The World Council of Optometry (WCO) has an advocacy strategy that aims to engage governments in recognizing the profession of optometry as a key cadre in meeting the global eye health challenge which includes strengthening health systems and reaching the unreached. This aligns with the Brien Holden Vision Institute’s (the Institute) strategy on reducing avoidable blindness and visual impairment. The Institute and WCO collaborated to deliver an Advocacy for Eye health education program for selected optometrists with the aim of developing a group of optometry leaders into WCO regional advocates who can run advocacy plans for the benefit of advancing eye health outcomes for the population.

Break-Out Objectives / Key Questions to be addressed / Outcomes for session:
1.To discuss the collaborative Brien Holden Vision Institute Foundation and World Council of Optometry Advocacy for Eye Health education program
2.To demonstrate the outcomes of the Advocacy for Eye Health program
3.To discuss how the Advocacy for Eye Health program has impacted eye care advocacy activities in the region and globally. 

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Advocacy for Eye Health Education - Developing Leaders, WCO BHVI, CoM2019.pdf Download Link
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IAPB Connect
Partnership & Collaboration
Sponsored by Islamic Solidarity Fund for Development & Islamic Development Bank

Showcasing South South Co-Operation - Second Generation of the Alliance to Fight Avoidable Blindness (AFAB)

02:00 PM 03:30 PM Kibo 3

Description:
The session aim at presenting the Second Generation of the Alliance to Fight Avoidable Blindness (AFAB), its achievement so far, rigorous country programming processes, multi-partnership approach; encourage new partners to join the AFAB. The session will bring together AFAB practitioners from the field and global technical and financial partners to exchange knowledge, expertise and views on the successful solutions related to avoidable blindness and identifying potential cooperation opportunities to scale up the implementation of the AFAB.

Objectives & Outcomes for session:

Presenting the Second Generation of AFAB, while trying to respond to the following questions:
1.AFAB: why, what, where and when?
2.What did AFAB achieve so far?
3.AFAB 5-year country programming: When and how did we proceed?
4.What could do together to scale up the implementation the AFAB? 

Moderator:
Amanda Davis, Regional Program Manager, Western Pacific, IAPB

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Showcase South South Co-Operation, ISFD and IDF, CoM 2019.pdf Download Link
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IAPB Learn
Sponsored by SEVA
Universal Eye Health

Universal What? Ensuring Eye Care for all - how can we grow the volume of quality servies sustainably when we commit to UEH?

02:00 PM 03:30 PM Zanzibar

How can we grow the volume of quality services sustainably when we commit to universal eye health? This session features Global Sight Initiative partner hospitals that have tackled these issues directly. GSI representatives will make brief case presentations on their interventions, the results, and what they learned along the way. Active discussion and debate in smaller groups will bring our commitment to universal eye health to concrete action.

Participants will:

1. Understand the importance of data to inform planning and management
2. Learn strategies for strengthening training and human resource management
3. Identify mechanisms for increasing % of patients who receive needed eye care services.

Speakers

Universal what, ensuring eye care for all, Seva CoM 2019.pdf Download Link
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Advocacy
IAPB Advocate

How do we amplify the power of the IAPB Advocacy Network? Workshop

02:00 PM 03:30 PM Lake Victoria

Our greatest strength lies in the diverse expertise and experiences of the IAPB network. However, to be a successful advocacy network, we need to be focused and operate efficiently. We also need to better understand the value each of our organisations bring and how this can be best leveraged to influence policy makers and processes. The goal of this workshop is to determine how all IAPB members (big or small) can contribute to IAPB’s advocacy efforts?

IAPB Facilitated Workshops
IAPB will be running a series of facilitated workshops on some of the key questions facing the sector. This is your opportunity to share your views and voice suggestions on the future direction of IAPB.
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Break

03:30 PM 04:00 PM

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IAPB Advocate
Universal Health Coverage

Utilising Evidence for Advocacy to advance eye health

04:00 PM 05:30 PM Kibo 1

Data and evidence are a key part of the armoury for advocacy in eye health. This session will focus on maximising the data and evidence collected for advocacy, and accounting for gaps to leverage change and for accountability.  A breadth of types of evidence will be discussed, such as prevalence data, data on impact of interventions, Cataract Surgical Coverage and other indicators. The emphasis will be on advancing eye health within UHC and the Sustainable Development Goals and measuring progress on the World Report on Vision.
Outcomes for session:

1.  Discuss available evidence and gaps for advocacy on eye health
2.  Share experiences of utilising evidence in advocacy
3.  Determine how to best maximise the available evidence for advocacy purposes to progress on the integration of eye health within Universal Health Coverage and the SDGs, and ensuring accountability on the World Report on Vision.

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Utilising Evidence for Advocacy, VII and IAPB CoM2019.pdf Download Link
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IAPB Learn
Sponsored by King Khaled Eye Specialist Hospital
Universal Eye Health

National Ophthalmic Screening Programmes (focus on ROP & DR)

04:00 PM 05:30 PM Kibo 3

This session is designed to describe the principles of creating a ROP tele-screening and diabetic retinopathy screening program. Using a format of short presentations and a panel discussion, the speakers will discuss steps in creating such programs. It will also discuss in detail the challenges that might be faced during creation and implementation, and solutions that could be used.

Break-Out Objectives / Key Questions to be addressed / Outcomes for session:

1. To understand the steps in creating community/national ophthalmic screening programs.
2. To identify the challenges faced in creating screening programs.

Key outcomes at the end of the session, the participants:

1. Will recognize the concrete steps needed to create screening programs
2. Will be aware of the challenges and possible solutions while creating and implementing screening programs.

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National Ophthalmic Screening Programmes, KKESH, CoM2019.pdf Download Link
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IAPB Connect
Partnership & Collaboration
Sponsored by The Fred Hollows Foundation

Tackling Global Cataract Blindness

04:00 PM 05:30 PM Zanzibar

How we can work together to provide life changing cataract surgery to the millions of people, especially those living in poverty, being left needlessly blind by cataract now and into the future. 

Description:
Cataract is the leading cause of blindness worldwide and as populations age and grow the number of people who are blind because of cataracts is set to triple over the next 30 years. With the launch of the World Report on Vision and the inclusion of cataract surgical coverage as an indicator for Universal Health Coverage now is the time for us to combine our efforts and address the current challenge for millions of people who are needlessly blind from cataracts whilst continuing our work in strengthening health systems.

This workshop will challenge the members of the IAPB to look for new ways to work collaboratively utilising the lessons from the growing community of experience and practise in collective and collaborative responses. Now is the time to bring our individual knowledge, experience and expertise together to begin to tackle the global issue of cataract blindness.

Key Questions to be addressed / Outcomes for session:
1. What could a new collaborative approach to the cataract challenge look like? 
2. Can we hold the tension of health system strengthening and vertical intervention to catch up with the growing incidence of cataract blindness?
3. What do different players in the sector bring as a response to the problem? Who else could/should we engage with? 
4. How do we ensure we don’t leave anyone behind? 

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IAPB Connect
Partnership & Collaboration

Africa Regional Plan - how can your organisation engage? Workshop 3

04:00 PM 05:30 PM Lake Victoria

In February 2019, in a consultative process involving staff, members and partners, the IAPB Africa 2019-2020 Workplan was developed. This future focussed workplan capitalises on what can be best achieved by IAPB, the collective, rather than individual members around the key themes of Partnerships, Connecting Knowledge, Governance and Leadership and Integration of eye health into broader health systems. This session covers the implementation of the IAPB Africa 2019-2020 Workplan and highlights opportunities for member organisations to engage with it.

IAPB Facilitated Workshops
IAPB will be running a series of facilitated workshops on some of the key questions facing the sector. This is your opportunity to share your views and voice suggestions on the future direction of IAPB.
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Private Sponsor Meeting

Sponsor meeting: Project Bom

04:00 PM 05:00 PM Bagamoyo

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Refractive Error Working Group

05:30 PM 06:30 PM Zanzibar

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Networking Reception & Dinner

06:30 PM 09:30 PM Marquee

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Sponsored by OneSight

The Gambia- The transition of a sustainable vision care model from NGO to government ownership.

07:30 AM 08:45 AM Zanzibar

When OneSight piloted its first sustainable vision center in The Gambia, there was only 1 optometrist to serve the entire country of 1.8 million people. Since then, OneSight has opened 7 permanent vision centers, a central manufacturing lab, and has created 84 new local jobs, which provide vision care access to all Gambians.This presentation is on the overall project and includes discussion on the challenges and successes of handling over to a government full ownership and what the role of the NGO should or could look like.

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Sponsored by Lions Club International Foundation

Working with Lions

07:30 AM 08:45 AM Lake Victoria

This panel presentation will provide an overview of the SightFirst program, including grants available to strengthen comprehensive eye care systems in underserved communities and funds provided to support public health research initiatives. Funding guidelines and priorities will be discussed and ample time will be dedicated to Q&A. Additional LCIF grant programs will be introduced. Panel members include a SightFirst Technical Advisor for Africa, an organization partnering with Lions, the SightFirst manager, and the SightFirst research coordinator.
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Plenary

Plenary 2: Challenges and Opportunities in achieving Universal Eye Health in Africa

09:00 AM 10:30 AM Kibo 1 & 3

This plenary session will provide the regional context to the global themes discussed in the opening ceremony. It will address some of the challenges and opportunities in achieving universal eye health in Africa.

The session will take the form of a panel discussion chaired by the IAPB Regional Chair for Africa, Dr Aaron Magava, with panellists from WHO AFRO, the ECSA HC as well as various eye health experts.

Speakers

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Break

10:30 AM 11:00 AM

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IAPB Learn
Sponsored by Lions Club International Foundation
Universal Eye Health

Diabetic Retinopathy Service Provision & Care

11:00 AM 12:30 PM Kibo 1

Every person living with diabetes is at risk of developing diabetic retinopathy (DR). This collaborative session will address the challenges and opportunities in developing, implementing and monitoring effective and sustainable DR programs. This interactive panel presentation will encourage discussion and the exchange of ideas by prioritizing time for audience participation.

Break-Out Objectives / Key Questions to be addressed / Outcomes for session:

  1. To examine strategies for the implementation of integrated care and service for diabetes and eye health. 
  2. To learn from the challenges and successes encountered in DR service provision in low resource settings. 
  3. To advance the promotion and implementation of TADDS worldwide. 
  4. To discuss effective holistic person-focused DR programs within the framework of universal health coverage.

Speakers

DR Service Provision and Care, LCIF, CoM2019.pdf Download Link
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IAPB Trend
Universal Health Coverage

Sustainable Financing of UHC & EH

11:00 AM 12:30 PM Kibo 3

Universal health coverage (UHC) means that all people can obtain the health services they need, including quality eye health, without suffering financial hardship. The session will be an opportunity to discuss eye health financing to support progress to UHC. The focus will be on sustainable financing of eye health and the need to ensure equitable, efficient and sustainable financing to contribute to the elimination of the main causes of avoidable blindness and visual impairment across the globe.

Break-Out Objectives / Key Questions to be addressed / Outcomes for session:

1. Discuss and ensure shared understanding of the challenges and opportunities for sustainable financing of UHC and eye health.
2. Share experiences and learn lessons from eye health programmes that aim to maximise efficiency and achieve more health for the money.
3. Identify potential opportunities for eye health partners to ensure efficient use of resources and sustainable financing for universal eye health coverage.

Speakers

Sustainable Financing of UHC & EH, Sightsavers, CoM2019.pdf Download Link
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IAPB Advocate
Sustainability

What should IAPB Regional / Local Environmental Sustainability (ES) Programmes look like?

11:00 AM 12:30 PM Zanzibar

Climate change is widely recognised as the leading global public health priority and the Eye Health sector needs to develop Environmental Sustainability (ES) Programmes, as an essential part of UHC Quality Improvement, which both enhance resilience and reduce healthcare’s negative environmental impact. After short introductory presentations from members of the IAPB ES Working Group, workshop participants are invited to join breakout groups which further define the necessary Advocacy, Policy, Training and Research components of Global/Regional/Local IAPB/MOH/NGO/National/Local ES Programmes

Break-Out Objectives / Key Questions to be addressed / Outcomes for session:

1. What should Environmental Sustainability Programmes (ESP’s) Look Like?
2. What should ESP Advocacy look like?
3. What should ESP Policy look like?
4. What should ESP Training look like?
5. What should ESP Research look like?

Speakers

Advocacy, Training and Research Programmes on Sustainability and Environmental Impact, ESWG, CoM2019.pdf Download Link
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Bob McMullan
Peter Holland

CEO & President Q&A (Drop In)

11:00 AM 12:00 PM Lake Victoria

Please join the IAPB President Bob McMullen and CEO, Peter Holland for an informal Q&A in Lake Victoria, drop in between 11:00 - 12:00. 
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Private Sponsor Meeting

Sponsor meeting: ISDB & ISF

11:00 AM 12:00 PM Bagamoyo

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Lunch

12:30 PM 02:00 PM Marquee

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West Pacific Feedback Session

12:45 PM 01:45 PM Lake Victoria

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IAPB Connect
Partnership & Collaboration

Glaucoma Open Forum

12:50 PM 01:50 PM Zanzibar

Please have a quick lunch in the marquee and join us at 12:50 for our Glaucoma Open forum in Zanzibar. 

Following the success of our Focus On Glaucoma session during World Glaucoma Week in March, we are delighted to offer an informal, lunch time session to continue our discussions and engage leading experts and organisations in Glaucoma care to keep the spotlight on the third leading cause of blindness.

Glaucoma can be considered an important “neglected eye disease”– neglected by eye care planners, that is. In 2015, nearly 3 million people were blind due to glaucoma, and 4 million had moderate to severe vision impairment. Estimates suggest that nearly 80 million people will be living with some form of glaucoma by 2020. Many people with glaucoma are not diagnosed until they have become completely blind, particularly in Africa.

This interactive session offers you the chance to hear from our partners and members, to share your experiences and help us work together to tackle this prevalent eye disease.

We will capture the output from the groupwork to share with you after the CoM.

Break-Out Objectives / Key Questions to be addressed / Outcomes for session:
1. Updates from leading organisations on their Glaucoma programmes
2. Share your own Glaucoma experiences, learnings and initiatives
3. Engage and get involved in the ‘discussion’, help us shape collaborations and plans to tackle this disease.


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IAPB Learn
Partnership & Collaboration

The role of traditional healers in eye care provision in Tanzania

01:00 PM 01:30 PM Kibo 3

Traditional healers provide informal eye care services, among other health services, alongside conventional medical eye care services in Tanzania. They make an important destination for majority of eye care seekers in this country. A significant number of eye patients have consulted a traditional healer before opting to conventional medical eye care.

Whether they are recognized or not, the traditional healers have a role to play and influence the eye care provision in Tanzania.

The need of convening traditional healers and conventional eye care providers was evident, to discuss the possible ways of collaborating for improving eye care in Tanzania.

Break-Out Objectives / Key Questions to be addressed / Outcomes for session:

1.Are traditional healers friends or foes in eye care provision?
2.What’s the attitude of traditional healers towards conventional eye care providers?
3.What’s the impact of traditional healers in are care provision in Tanzania?
4.Is there a possibility of collaboration between traditional healers and conventional eye care providers?
5.Can traditional healers be trained to improve their practice in eye care?

Speakers

The role of traditional healers in eye care provision in Tanzania, ECF, IAPB CoM 2019.pdf Download Link
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Private Sponsor Meeting

Sponsor meeting: SEVA

01:00 PM 02:00 PM Bagamoyo

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IAPB Learn
Partnership & Collaboration

Eye Care in Refugee and Conflict-Affected Populations

02:00 PM 03:30 PM Kibo 1

Description:
This session will include a review of refugee creating contexts and the scale of refugee populations world-wide and will note historical eye sector experience and lessons. The Rohingya response in Bangladesh will be highlighted as a large scale multi-organization response involving IAPB.This will be followed by a panel of individual NGOs will discuss their work with refugees in various countries and comment on challenges and lessons learned with the opportunity for Q&A.

Break-Out Objectives / Key Questions to be addressed / Outcomes for session:

1. Increase awareness of eye care needs in refugee populations
2. Highlight the cross section of activities being done in refugee populations by IAPB and its members
3. Note common challenges and lessons learned to date in refugee responses.

Speakers

Eye Care in Refugee and Conflict-Affected Populations, CoM 2019.pdf Download Link
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IAPB Connect

Eye Health Heroes Rapid Fire Presentations

02:00 PM 03:30 PM Kibo 3

An opportunity to hear from our EH Heroes, IAPB’s growing community of eye health professionals whose work is making a difference globally. Rapid Fire presentations on a topic of their choosing, do come and support them.
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IAPB Connect
Partnership & Collaboration

Engaging with ophthalmic nurses in 2020: A welcome introduction to collaboration and opportunity

02:00 PM 03:30 PM Zanzibar

Description:
We welcome delegates to the first dedicated IAPB session on ophthalmic nursing. Designed to set the stage and prepare delegates for the IAPB GA2020 global forum, the session will assist IAPB civil societies and delegates to consider their own degree of engagement with ophthalmic nurses. Finally, the session, predominantly nurse led (by nurses who are all new to the IAPB community) will highlight some local and global initiatives currently taking place.
Break-Out Objectives / Key Questions to be addressed / Outcomes for session:
  1. Encourage increased engagement with ophthalmic nurses
  2. Provide an overview of the IAPB2020 initiatives
  3. Develop foundation conversations around nurse engagement
  4. Develop pathways to support nurses and non-nurse collaboration and opportunities

Speakers

Engaging with ophthalmic nurses in 2020 - A welcome introduction to collaboration and opportunity.pdf Download Link
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Advocacy
IAPB Advocate