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PBU participates at WOC 2012 Abu Dhabi
The PBU was present at the Exhibition Hall during the World Ophthalmology Congress (WOC) 2012 in Abu Dhabi, UAE from 16 - 20 February.

WOC 2012 discusses topical issues on prevention of blindness
WOC2012 Logo The World Ophthalmology Congress 2012 (WOC) which took place from 16 - 20 February 2012 in Abu Dhabi, UAE had organized a series of sessions to address topical issues on prevention of blindness and eye care. The sessions were titled ‘World Sight Forum (WSF)’. The sessions had eminent speakers and discussants from wide arena of leaders in ophthalmology and allied field including public health experts, health administrators, policy makers, clinicians etc.

Some of the topics covered were:
  • VISION 2020: What next after the year 2020?
  • Novel control strategies for diabetic retinopathy
  • Can trachoma be eliminated in the next decade: What are the challenges?
  • Public health control strategies for glaucoma: What are the prospects?
  • Pursuit of VISION 2020: Through the general health system and development agenda
  • Can onchocerciasis be eliminated in the next decade: What are the challenges?
  • What are the human resources development challenges to achieving VISION 2020 in developing countries?

2nd RAAB DR Survey in Saudi Arabia
IAPB –EMR addresses EMR Health

The PBU and the Saudi National Prevention of Blindness Committee, in conjunction with Ministry of Health, is conducting a second rapid assessment of avoidable blindness plus diabetic retinopathy pilot study in Jizan province, southern part of Saudi Arabia. The survey is expected to be completed by the end of January 2012. It will provide more data for planning of eye care and diabetic retinopathy services in the province.

The first survey was conducted last year at the Taif region, western province of the Kingdom. The success of that survey in generating interest of the Ministry of Health and other stakeholders made it possible to undertake the second study.

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