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EMR Trachoma Alliance conducts a Trachoma Action Plan (TAP) Training Workshop
November 2014

The EMR trachoma alliance is organizing a training workshop for the development of Trachoma Action Plan. It will train 10 people from different EMR towards development of a trachoma action plan in their countries. The training will take place from 16 - 17 December 2014 in Bahrain. The workshop aims to build the capacity of the participants to:
  1. Facilitate the development of the trachoma action plans in countries of the EMR needing a TAP
  2. Assist countries understand key concepts related to trachoma control
  3. Support and mentor trachoma programme development where needed
The trainers are Dr Paul Courtright and Chad Arthur. The meeting is being funded by CBM, Fred Hollows Foundation and Sightsavers International.

3rd EMR Trachoma Alliance Meeting
November 2014

The EMR trachoma alliance will conduct its 3rd meeting from 18 - 19 December 2014 in Bahrain. Some of the agenda for the meeting are:
  1. Review progress of development of mapping proposals to GTMP including how to map refugees areas Review progress of mapping in countries in the process of mapping
  2. Post mapping- what next?
  3. Review development of TAPs and SAFE implementations in countries
  4. Update on 'Qatar creating vision' Orbis proposal
The meeting is being funded by CBM, Fred Hollows Foundation and Sightsavers International.

EMR Annual Regional Meeting 2014
November 2014

The IAPB-EMR will be holding its 2014 annual meeting in Bahrain form 20 - 21 December 2014. The main theme of the meeting is “Health Management Information System for Eye health” and the sub theme of “Universal Eye Health: The Global Action plan 2014-19”. The meeting has the following objectives:
  • To sensitize the National Coordinators (NCs) for Eye health and representatives of Ministries of Health ( MOH) in charge of HMIS on the importance of HMIS in improving eye health care
  • To identify health information needs and potential of various data sources for collection
  • To identify major challenges to inclusion of eye health data within HMIS
  • To learn good practices in the use of eye health indicators in HMIS in member countries
  • To suggest measures to incorporate eye health data into HMIS.
  • To review progress of EMR countries in the development and or implementation of the new global action plan: Universal eye health 2014-19.

Pakistan and Oman develop their new National Eye Health Action Plan
November 2014

Pakistan and the State of Oman develop their new national eye health action plan. Pakistan held an all stakeholders meeting from 25 - 26 October 2014 in Islamabad to develop their plan in line with the new WHO Global Action Plan: Universal Eye health 2014-19. While the state of Oman had its stakeholders meeting in Muscat from 2 - 5 November. Both meetings were being organized by the respective Ministries of Health in collaboration with the World health Organization.

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