Briefing on NGO Coordination with NHFPC(No.10)

2014-12-03

1. IAPB China Secretariat held a meeting in Beijing, 8 November, preparing for the set up of “IAPB China Committee”

2. IAPB Council of Members Meetings were held in Paris, France, 18-21 September

3. IAPB‟s World Sight Day 2014 event was held in Mexico City, 9 October

4. The Global Vision Database is now available as a map, visualizing its various aspects

5. The Fred Hollows Foundation and IAPB China Secretariat jointly conducted „Provincial Training Workshop for Management of Prevention of Blindness in a number of provinces

6. Designated by Community Eye Health Journal and supported by The Fred Hollows Foundation, IAPB China Secretariat issued and distributed the first 2014 issue of the Chinese edition of “Community Eye Health” Journal

7. Courses and Grants 2 



1. IAPB China Secretariat held a meeting in Beijing, 8 November, preparing for the set up of “IAPB China Committee”.

The purpose of the meeting is to discuss IAPB work and operation in China next year and beyond. Participants discussed the IAPB-proposed idea of establishing the so-called “IAPB China Committee”. It is hoped that, through the establishment of such a committee, more IAPB members and other eye care stakeholders would be more directly and actively involved in the IAPB work in China. It is requested that organizations that join the Committee should make a contribution annually, so that IAPB can employ a Coordinator who would be responsible for the coordination work and implementation of the work plan developed by the Committee. Twenty-five people who represent 9 IAPB member organizations and other major eye health stakeholders, including major private eye hospitals, attended the meeting. Representatives from IAPB Headquarters and West Pacific Regional Office also attended the meeting. All participants in the meeting expressed their interest in joining the Committee and making annual contribution to sustain IAPB‟s operation in China. With support from all participating organizations, the meeting successfully achieved its goals.

2. IAPB Council of Members Meetings were held in Paris, France, 18-21 September.

Over 140 delegates representing 70 organisations from 40 countries gathered in Paris for the IAPB Council of Members 2014, co-hosted by l'Organisation pour la prévention de la cécité (OPC). The numbers demonstrate the remarkable success of the Council meetings, which are fast becoming the key annual gathering for civil society, academia and corporations concerned with eye health and prevention of blindness.

IAPB‟s CEO, Peter Ackland, chaired a workshop on „Universal Eye Health: A Global Action Plan 2014-2019‟ (GAP) highlighting successes and noting barriers to its implementation. Ivo Kocur of the World Health Organization praised the partnership with IAPB as a key factor in the success of recently held regional planning meetings. He noted that, by bringing together representatives of the Ministries of Health and various National Eye Health Coordinators and enabling them to connect, share experiences and overcome isolation, the regional meetings acted as powerful springboard for GAP‟s national implementation.

3. IAPBs World Sight Day 2014 event was held in Mexico City, 9 October. Mexico City played host to IAPB‟s global event to celebrate World Sight Day, the most popular day in the eye health sector‟s calendar, in 2014. Hosted in partnership with the Mexican Society of Ophthalmology, 400 delegates, including decision makers, representatives from the educational and academic sector, professional bodies of optometry and ophthalmology, WHO, PAHO, NGOs and key players from industry came together on October 9th to celebrate World Sight Day and to show their united commitment to blindness prevention on a regional and globally level. With a focus on the new Global Action Plan by WHO, opinion leaders discussed the importance of the implementation of the action plan on a local level.

4. The Global Vision Database is now available as a map, visualizing its various aspects.

The Global Vision Database is a comprehensive database of population-based prevalence eye surveys, dating from 1980 to 2014, from published and unpublished sources. It includes estimates of numbers of blind and vision impaired by region/worldwide, by age, by sex and by cause. This database is now available as two maps, allowing us to look at two separate age categories – all ages and those aged 50 years and older, visualizing its various aspects:

 Prevalence of Blindness and Visual Impairment

 By Sex (Male, Female and both)

 By Country and Region

 „Time-lapse‟ (the impact over time, from 1995-2010)

This database is created and maintained by the Vision Loss Expert Group. The group now presents these maps in collaboration with IAPB.

This data visualization project has been made possible with support from the Brien Holden Vision Institute.

5. The Fred Hollows Foundation and IAPB China Secretariat jointly conducted „Provincial Training Workshop for Management of Prevention of Blindness in a number of provinces.

Since December 2013, this workshop has been conducted in collaboration with local provincial health authorities in Xinjiang, Ningxia, Shanxi, and Anhui. Trainees are mainly government officials from provincial and prefecture health bureaus, hospital administers, staff of the PBL offices, and managers of PBL projects. Topics of the workshop include Introduction of WHO „Universal Eye Health: A Global Action Plan 2014-2019‟ (GAP), China‟s Situation of Blindness and Recent Progress towards Elimination of Avoidable Blindness and Visual Impairment, Social and Economic Benefits of the Prevention of Blindness, International NGOs in China and Their Work Principals, Experience Sharing with The Fred Hollows Foundation‟s Work in China, and Development of Provincial Action Plan for the Prevention of Blindness. Before the end of 2014, The Fred Hollows Foundation and IAPB China Secretariat will conduct the training workshop at prefecture level in Xinjiang and Shanxi again.

6. Designated by Community Eye Health Journal and supported by The Fred Hollows Foundation, IAPB China Secretariat issued and distributed the first 2014 issue of the Chinese edition of “Community Eye Health” Journal.

Themed “Balancing the Book”, the Chinese Edition focuses on reaching primary health workers who have little access to eye health information. The 1st Issue 2014 provides the operational experiences and practices of an eye care unit from parallel developing countries such as China, Vietnam, India, and Afghanistan. Articles in this issue touch cost control, application for founding, revenue allocation, and synergistic development among departments within the hospital. Besides, the issue also provides useful information on training workshop, meetings, and trends in the field of blindness prevention. The Chinese edition of the Community Eye Health Journal is free to the public. 8000 copies of the first issue have been distributed to county hospitals and township clinics across the country, as well as more than 300 eye hospitals and ophthalmology departments.

For the full content of the Journal please refer to linkage below:http://www.hollows.org.cn/en/news-reports/report/community-eye-health-chinese-edition-1st-issue-2014

7. Courses and Grants


Diploma in Community Eye Health:The principle of community eye health is to apply the knowledge of eye care to offer the best possible eye care services to rural/peri-urban communities to reduce blindness and visual impairment. The six-month Diploma in Community Eye Health Program of L V Prasad Eye Institute from January 2015, aims to help professionals and programs to focus on delivering quality eye care to benefit the community as a whole. Successful students who complete six months of course work after the diploma will be eligible for lateral entry into the Master‟s program, being run in collaboration with the University of New South Wales, Australia. This course is offered as six modules with a flexibility to select only a particular module of their interest. The six modules are listed below:

l Introduction to Community Eye Health

l Epidemiology & Biostatistics for Community Health Needs Assessment

l Epidemiology of Eye Diseases

l Advocacy & Education in Community Eye Health

l Eye Health Economics & Sustainability

l Eye Care Program Management

 

Lions Sight First research grants - call for proposals

The Lions Club International Foundation (LCIF) provides funds to support public health research initiatives that evaluate and directly influence the operation of the Sight First program, Lions‟ premier initiative to strengthen eye care systems in underserved communities.

Sight First research grants of up to US$100,000 are available to support projects that investigate:

1. innovative approaches to reduce blindness from cataract;

2. innovative approaches to reduce blindness from trachoma;

3. innovative approaches to reduce and correct refractive errors in school-age children; or

4. epidemiological surveys in geographical areas where there is no recent data available or where repeated surveys may inform existing trends.

 

Basic laboratory science research will not be supported under this program. The deadline for Letters of Intent (LOI) is December 15, 2014. Invitations to submit full proposals will be distributed no later than January 16, 2015, with full proposals due by March 16, 2015. Grants will be approved by LCIF and commence in August 2015.

For more information go to LCIF's website.