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PBU trains first Tanzanian glaucoma specialist
Tanzanian Glaucoma specialist

As part of the PBU support for enhancing ophthalmology services and training at the Muhimbili University of Health Sciences, Dr Neema Daniel had completed an 18-month long term fellowship training in Glaucoma at the prestigious LV Prasad Eye Institute Hyderabad, India. She becomes the first Glaucoma specialist in the whole of Tanzania. This is expected to boast care of Glaucoma patients in Tanzania and ophthalmology training in Tanzania and the whole of COECSA.

PBU becomes a member of IAPB
The PBU became a member of the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB), an alliance of civil society organisations, corporates and professional bodies. The membership of PBU was approved at last board meeting of the IAPB held in Singapore from 26-29 March 2014.

IAPB-EMR regional meeting on Global action plan for eye health
Universal Eye Health: A Global Action Plan 2014-2019
The IAPB-EMR and Prevention of Blindness Union (PBU), in collaboration with WHO-EMR, conducted a 3-day workshop on the “Global Action Plan for Eye Health: Towards Universal Eye Health 2014–2019” for 2 days and Child Eye Health Workshop for 1 day from 18-20 March at the WHO-EMRO in Cairo, Egypt.

The meeting was attended by regional/international experts, WHO, national coordinators for the prevention of blindness from the EMR countries and other international and regional NGOs.

The objectives of the workshops were to:
  1. Orient Member States on how to develop an effective integrated new eye health plan in line with the global Action Plan on the prevention of avoidable blindness 2014-2019, with the health system and health priorities
  2. Share best practices and success stories on eye health at regional and international levels
  3. Review the lessons learned from the implementation of the action plan 2009-2013 in EMR
  4. Develop a common understanding on strategies for the promotion of child eye health within the new national eye health plan and broader child health
  5. Review the progress of multisectoral engagement and effective partnership for strengthening eye health in EMR

Prevention of blindness sessions on gene and stem cells therapy at the Saudi Ophthalmology 2014 Symposium
Prof. Robin Ali The Saudi National Prevention of Blindness Committee (NPBC) organized sessions on gene and stem cells therapy for the treatment of blindness. Prof. Robin Ali, Head of the Department of Genetics and Professor of Human Molecular Genetics at the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology in London, presented the following topics in the Prevention of Blindness (PB) sessions during the SO 2014 symposium.

Session M3B
Monday, March 3

Stem Cell Therapy for Retinal Degeneration: A Vision for the Future.
Gene Therapy for Inherited Retinal Degeneration: The Moorfields Eye Hospital Pipeline.
Gene Therapy approaches for the Treatment of Ocular Inflammation.

Session T2D
Tuesday, March 4

Workshop on Stem Cell Therapy for Retinal Degeneration

Saudi Arabia develops its national eye health plan
The Saudi Ministry of Health, in collaboration with the National Prevention of Blindness Committee (NPBC), organized a 2-day stakeholders' workshop to develop national policies and strategies for eye health in the country. It took place from 8-9 February 2014 at the Al Faisaliah Hotel in Riyadh. The workshop was in line with the 2013 World Health Assembly Resolution WHA 66.4 requesting countries to develop and implement the WHO Global Action Plan: Universal Eye Health 2014-2019.

The meeting was attended by international experts, representatives of IAPB, WHO and health professionals and administrators from the Kingdom.

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