Briefing on NGO Coordination with MOH (No.5)


May 2012


  1. IAPB China Secretariat established

  2. WHO Action Plan on Avoidable Blindness Elimination for 2014 to 2019 Decided into Development

  3. Draft Agenda of the 2012 NGOs & MoH Coordinating Meeting

  4. Yunnan Government Launched Project Brightness

  5. The Second National PBL Training Workshop will open recently at Xiangyun, Yunnan

  6. Community Eye Health Journal Calls for Enrollment to Its Hard Copy Circulation

1IAPB China Secretariat established

The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) is a coordinating, umbrella organization which leads international efforts in blindness prevention. In partnership with the World Health Organization, IAPB promotes VISION 2020: The Right to Sight, a global initiative to eliminate avoidable blindness by 2020.

With financial support from IAPB members in China, the IAPB China Secretariat has been established recently in Kunming where registration for international NGOs is available in China. The goal of establishing the Secretariat is to support the strategic development of IAPB in China so that it can promote VISION 2020 in the China sub-region and so that eye health gains a higher priority within national health programmes. The Secretariat will work closely with the IAPB Western Pacific Regional Office, NGOs, government agencies at provincial and national levels, and other VISION 2020 stakeholders to promote a culture of sharing, learning and good practice across the country.


2WHO Action Plan on Avoidable Blindness Elimination for 2014 to 2019 Decided into Development

The executive board of WHO decided in a meeting 20th January, 2012 that a new action plan on prevention of avoidable blindness and visual impairment for 2014-2019 should be developed. China delegates spoke in the Board discussion. The current action plan, which endorsed in 2009, expires in 2013.

Work on the draft plan has begun by WHO Member States and international partners with a short series of questions posted online. Revisions on the current plan will be adopted to develop a framework for nationally coordinated action by governments, health professionals, non-government organizations, industry and individuals to work in partnership. Review on the first draft is said to be taken later this year.

For more information on the Action Plan for the prevention of avoidable blindness and visual impairment for 2014-2019, please visit WHO official website


3. Draft agenda of the 2012 NGOs & MoH Coordinating Meeting

China’s 2012 NGO/MoH Coordination Meeting will be organized by the IAPB China Secretariat on 12-13 June 2012, Chengdu, Sichuan Province. An introduction to the new IAPB China secretariat position and its work will be made at this meeting. Information about the Standard Chartered Bank’s “Seeing is Believing” Phase 5 project will also be shared.

Meeting place will be Taicheng Hotel, Chengdu. The draft schedule is attached to the briefing for your consideration. We appreciate your feedback and look forward to hearing from you.


4. Project Brightness launched by Yunnan Government

A cataract elimination campaign was started by Yunnan government February, 2012, aiming to dress the critical blindness problem in this province. With a provincial finance support of RMB 95 million, this Brightness Project will have 60,000 free cataract surgeries complete within one year. Likely follow-up movement is said to be in plan, about to accomplish 40,000 free cataract surgeries in next 2 years, 20,000 in each. The action, regarded as one of the 10 projects that the provincial government takes in 2012 to enhance people’s livelihood, is part of the government effort to bring Yunnan to a province Free of Barricades to Cataract Treatment by year of 2015.

Yunnan is one of the provinces with the most critical cataract and visual impairment problem in China. Backlog of cataract caused blindness in the province is 100,000, and cataract caused low vision population is about 300,000 to 400,000, according to the official.


5. The second national PBL workshop held at Xiangyun, Yunnan 24th-25th May

Delegated by Ministry of Health, the IAPB China Secretariat will organise a national PBL workshop at Xiangyun, Yunnan 24th-25th May. Provincial government officials in charge of PBL across the country will take this workshop, sharing the development of the national PBL Plan(2011-2015), the updated blindness numbers of China, as well as information on primary eye care and PBL working at county level.


6. Community Eye Health Journal Calls for Enrollment to Its Hard Copy Circulation

To enlarge its Chinese edition circulation, Community Eye Health Journal is calling for registration by people who committed to eye health promotion and blindness elimination. If you are hoping to receive free hard copies of CEH Chinese Edition and get involved into the most updated information in Eye health promotion professional, please you send your postal address and email address to , or write to CEH China office: PBL office, Tongren Hospital, Lane Dongjiaomin, Dongcheng District, Beijing. We appreciate you circulate this news.