Briefing on NGO Coordination with MOH (No.7)

2014-03-17

April 2013

 

  1. 2012 NGO-MOH Coordination Meeting will be held in Shenyang from July 11 to 12

  2. The 132nd Session of the WHO Executive Board was held in Geneva, Swiss, 21-29 January 2013

  3.The Red Cross Chaoju Eye Hospital Group of Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region has successfully advocated 8 local government agencies jointly launching an initiative Care about Childrens Eye Health: Charity Action

  4. BHV-OPTINOVA Research & Training Centre and the Brien Holden Vision Institute Academy China Program was launched in Shanghai, 27 February 2013

  5.The Shanwei Project Vision Eye Hospital founded by Hong Kong Project Vision Charity Foundation opened officially in February 2013 in Shanwei City, Guangdong Province

  6. The Fred Hollows Foundation held its China Program Development Consultation Meeting in Beijing on 9th April 2013

  7. Standard Chartered Bank announced Seeing is Believing phase 5, Tranche 2 Countries

  8. Meetings and conferences

APPENDIX:

  1. Participants of the 132nd Session of the WHO Executive Board

  2. Resolution of the 132nd Session of the WHO Executive Board

  3. SiB Overview application process Type1 projects 2013

 

1. 2013NGO-MOH Coordination Meeting will be held in Shenyang from July 11 to 12

The meeting will be organized by IAPB China Secretariat and sponsored by He Eye Care System. Participants of the meeting will include representatives from PBL NGOs working in China and IAPB member organizations, officials from the Medical Administration Department of MOH and of the Institute of Hospital Administration of MOH, China Disabled Persons’ Federation, National Guiding Group for Blindness Prevention, IAPB, WHO, Chinese Ophthalmological Society, private hospitals, Standard Chartered Bank, as well as local provincial and municipal health bureaus and other related government agencies. Official invitation and agenda of the meeting will be sent out soon.

 

2. The 132nd Session of the WHO Executive Board was held in Geneva, Swiss, 21-29 January 2013

The WHO Executive Board has endorsed in its meeting in January 2013 the Draft Action Plan on Universal Eye Health and recommended its adoption to the World Health Assembly in May 2013 (see Attachment 1 and 2). If approved in May, the action plan will be implemented from 2014 after the current action plan ends. The action plan will be an important document for WHO member states, WHO Secretariat, and international partners (NGOs) to guide and align efforts to end avoidable blindness and visual impairment, and to help achieve the goals of VISION 2020.

A Chinese delegation of 8 officials led by Mr. Ren Minghui, Director-General of International Cooperation Department, MOH attended the meeting. In the delegation’s speech, WHO Secretariat 3

and NGOs were thanked, Vision2020 was acknowledged, and goals and objectives of China’s National Five-Year PBL Plan and cataract as a major issue were addressed.

 

3. The Red Cross Chaoju Eye Hospital Group of Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region has successfully advocated 8 local government agencies jointly launching an initiative “Care about Children’s Eye Health: Charity Action”

The Red Cross Chaoju Eye Hospital Group of Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region has successfully advocated 8 local government agencies jointly launching an initiative “Care about Children’s Eye Health: Charity Action”. Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region’s Disabled Persons’ Federation, Bureau of Health, Bureau of Education, Bureau of Civil Affairs, Bureau of Human Resources and Social Security, Commission of Population and Family Planning, Women’s Federation, and Administration of Radio, Film and Television were persuaded by Chaoju Eye Hospital to engage in protection of children’s eye health. A “red-head document” was issued jointly by the 8 government agencies in August 2012 to launch the initiative “Care about Children’s Eye Health: Charity Action”. The activities of the joint action include: 1. Conduct survey on vision impairment and free eye screening among children in kindergartens, schools, urban communities, rural villages and townships; 2. Carry out eye health education with focus on refractive errors, amblyopia and strabismus, trauma, and acute infectious eye diseases; 3. Provide low vision services for children, including optometric services; 4. Explore a long-lasting solution for children’s eye care and establish a working pattern and service network for early screening, early diagnosis, early treatment, and early rehabilitation.

The Red Cross Chaoju Eye Hospital Group of Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region is the largest eye care hospital group in the region and one of the largest non-for-profit chain eye hospitals in China. With a “B” category of IAPB membership, the hospital is also one of China’s only four IAPB members.

 

4. BHV-OPTINOVA Research & Training Centre and the Brien Holden Vision Institute Academy China Program was launched in Shanghai, 27 February 2013

The Shanghai Vision Research & Training Centre is a joint initiative of Brien Holden Vision Hong Kong Limited and Nova Vision Optical (HK) Limited, to conduct vision research, product testing and professional training for eye care practitioners with a view to improving the quality of vision care available for Chinese people with vision impairment due to refractive errors – the most common eye conditions in the world.

There has been a dramatic increase in the prevalence of myopia in recent years, and the cost to the community of the higher levels of myopia drains health resources and negatively impacts on domestic and international economic productivity,” says Professor Brien Holden, CEO of the Brien Holden Vision Institute, the initiator of Brien Holden Vision Hong Kong Limited. “The Shanghai research and training initiative will take a holistic approach to delivering better vision outcomes for hundreds of millions of Chinese people in need of vision correction because of refractive errors – not simply pursuing advanced products, but providing product testing services to ensure quality and professional training for eye care practitioners,” says Holden. “This is a great opportunity to harness international knowledge and expertise to deliver vision correction products for the Chinese population. While current spectacle and contact lens designs offer satisfactory solutions it is imperative that new treatment breakthroughs are made to give people the best possible vision outcomes and to alleviate the negative impacts of the progression of these conditions,” he added.

The number of optometry programs in China is growing and this means practitioner numbers are increasing, but so is the number of people requiring vision correction (and many still don’t have access to adequate eye care services), and there is a clear need to promote further growth and skills development in the eye care professions. “This centre will help address the need for professional development opportunities for eye care practitioners, facilitating improved standards of care in diagnosing and prescribing for patients, especially with continuing technological developments in 5

instruments and eye wear,” says Holden.

 

5. The Shanwei Project Vision Eye Hospital founded by Hong Kong Project Vision Charity Foundation opened officially in February 2013 in Shanwei City, Guangdong Province

In 2011, in order to push ahead with prevention of blindness in mainland China, The Project Vision Charity Foundation actively explored a model of more effective way to deal with avoidable blindness in align with the direction of China’s health reform. After a comprehensive discussion, the decision was made to develop a new model of eye hospital which would be funded solely and managed 6 independently by the Project Vision Charity Foundation. The development of the new model began in 2012 in Shanwei City (prefecture-level city), Guangdong Province. Shanwei Project Vision Eye Hospital was officially opened in February 2013. This is the first charity eye hospital established solely by a NGO outside mainland China. The hospital will uphold the foundation’s mission, carrying out the "high quality and high volume free cataract operation". The hospital will be built up also as a training base of cataract surgery, ophthalmic nursing, and project management of prevention of blindness, for the purpose of developing human resources in China’s prevention of blindness.

As a pilot of the "Project Vision" new model, the successful set up of Shanwei Project Vision Eye Hospital, has marked that the "Project Vision" has gradually developed into a professional blindness prevention NGO with the character of social enterprise, which will cause a great deal of attention and response in the circle of international and domestic prevention of blindness.

 

6. The Fred Hollows Foundation held its China Program Development Consultation Meeting in Beijing on 9th April 2013

Representatives from MOH, China Disabled Persons’ Federation, Chinese Ophthalmological Society, IAPB China Secretariat, ORBIS, and UN agencies were invited for the meeting. The purpose of the meeting is to obtain inputs and suggestions from stakeholders for the development of FHF China’s advocacy strategy in the next five years.

During the meeting, Ms. Fan Jing, Director of General Division of MOH, introduced an idea that requires further elaboration and fully development. The idea is to integrate all resources into a common goal that is to build local eye care capacity at county level. With inputs from IAPB China Secretariat and NGOs, a draft plan will be presented by MOH at the forthcoming NGO/MOH Coordination Meeting in Shenyang, Liaoning Province.

 

7. Standard Chartered Bank announced “Seeing is Believing” phase 5, Tranche 2 Countries 7

Seeing is Believing” seeks Expressions of Interest (EoI) for comprehensive eye care (CEC) or type 1 projects in the following countries: China, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Cameroun, Peru. This EoI is for CEC Projects to commence in 2014 and are of maximum US$ 1 million funding from “Seeing is Believing”, plus (minimum) 20% matched funds from the partner. Deadline for completed Expressions of Interest forms for Tranche 2: 22nd April 2013 (see details at http://www.iapb.org/news/seeing-believing-announces-tranche-2-countries).

 

8. Meetings and conferences

The 8th Congress of Chinese Association for Ophthalmologists will be held on 23-26 May 2013 at Wuhan Convention and Exhibition Centre of Science and Technology, Wuhan, Hubei Province. The congress will be in conjunction with the 2013 Conference of Hubei Provincial Ophthalmological Society.

The 18th Congress of Chinese Ophthalmological Society will be held on 13-17 September 2013 at Xiamen International Convention and Exhibition Centre, Xiamen, Fujian Province.

The 9th International Symposium of Ophthalmology (ISO) will be held in Guangzhou, China, on November 9 – 11, 2013. Hosted by the Zhongshan Ophthalmic Centre (ZOC) and the State Key Laboratory of Ophthalmology (SKLO) of the Sun Yat-sen University (SYSU), the 9th ISO will be held in conjunction with the 30thanniversary of the ZOC.

IAPB Council of Members - Representatives of IAPB member organisations meet in Council once a year. A maximum of two representatives per member organisation can attend the meeting, but each organisation only has one vote. The President and Chairman of the Board of IAPB is the chair of Council. IAPB regional chairs and IAPB officers are invited to participate in the meetings. 2013 Council meeting will be held on 16-17 September in Brighton, UK.