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4th Annual COECSA Scientific Congress

On behalf of the Tanzania Ophthalmological Society and the 2016 COECSA scientific congress organizing committee, it is our pleasure to invite you to the 4th COECSA Scientific congress to be held at Ngurdoto Mountain Lodge, Arusha, Tanzania from August 25-26, 2016.

The congress theme is "Eye Care Challenges and Opportunities in Developing Countries." The congress will take place in Arusha, Tanzania. The congress includes parallel ophthalmic clinical officers ophthalmic nurses and optometrist sessions and community sub specialty events.

Early-bird registration deadline: February 29, 2016

Final abstract submission: June 30, 2016

Notification of acceptance of abstract: July 15, 2016

Program on website: July 29, 2016

Submit abstracts to: abstracts2016@coesca.org

08 June, 2016

Congrats Dr Legodi, ICO's NEW VICE PRESIDENT 2016-2018



The African Ophthalmology Council (AOC) wishes to formally congratulate our very own Dr. Kgaogelo Legodi, MD on his new appointment of International Council of Ophthalmology vice president for 2016-2018.

Dr Eddie Kgao Legodi, South Africa is the president elect of the African Ophthalmology Council (AOC). The entire AOC felicitates with Dr. Legodi on this appointment.

Dr. Eddie Legodi and Dr. Neeru Gupta were both elected into the vice-presidency of the ICO and to assume office after the WOC 2016.

06 January, 2016

DURBAN 2016 JUST NINE MONTHS AWAY

IAPB 10GA E-blast: What to expect from 10GA? Boateng Wiafe
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IAPB 10th General Assembly
Bo Wiafe at the 9GA
Bo Wiafe at the 9GA in Hyderabad, India / Photo credit: IAPB

What to expect from 10GA?
Boateng Wiafe, Director for Quality and Advocacy, Operation Eyesight on how he found the 9GA useful and his plans for 10GA. Dr. Wiafe writes about his experience at 9GA (in Hyderabad, 2012) and what he expects to find at the 10GA next year. Did you know, IAPB's General Assembly is coming back to Africa after nearly 25 years? Bo was a delegate at the '4GA' (Kenya, 1990) too!
Read more on the 10GA blog

10GA is now accepting Abstract submissions for free paper and poster presentations.

Early Bird registrations are also live.
Dr. Maria Hagan at the 9GA
Hotels for 10GA
We've made a list of hotels that offer a special rate for 10GA delegates. The list includes 5 star to 3 star hotels and bed and breakfasts.
See the list of hotels here
A speaker at the 9GA
Getting a visa
Find out if you need a visa for South Africa. If you do need a visa, see the list of documents required and all relevant information - in one place.
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Tours around Durban
Durban Tours
Durban is a natural paradise known for its gorgeous coastline of sunny beaches and subtropical climate.
A list of 4-hour to 12-hour tours around Durban.
See the tours
Flights to Durban
Flights 10GA
Delegates attending IAPB’s 10 GA can benefit from special rates provided by the Airline Partners of the IAPB 10 GA - Emirates and South African Airways.
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10GA Exhbitor info
Exhibitor Info
The 10GA will have excellent networking opportunities for NGOs, manufacturers and distributors. Just the right event to showcase your products and services.

06 January, 2016

HAPPY NEW YEAR



Best Wishes for a Wonderful New year in 2016

28 December, 2015

WOC 2016

Mark Your Calendar: WOC2016 Social Events
Join participants from over 100 countries and over 900 invited speakers at the World Ophthalmology Congress® (WOC) of the International Council of Ophthalmology, February 5–9, 2016, in Guadalajara, Mexico.

The true magic of the World Ophthalmology Congress is the mixing of cultures, people, and ideas, and the WOC2016 Social Program will celebrate this opportunity with memorable events.
Opening Ceremony: Friday, February 5 at 18:30, Expo Guadalajara
The WOC officially begins with the Opening Ceremony. The program will include welcome remarks from the ICO, the Mexican Society of Ophthalmology (SMO), and the Pan-American Association of Ophthalmology (PAAO), as well as the awarding of ICO medals. The Opening Ceremony is open to all registrants.
Welcome Reception: Friday, February 5 at 20:00, Expo Guadajalara
Say hello to both new and old colleagues at the Welcome Reception, which immediately follows the Opening Ceremony and is open to all registrants. Light snacks, drinks and entertainment will be provided.
Mariachi Gala: Saturday, February 6 at 19:30, Teatre Degollado
Guadalajara is the homeland of Mariachis, and mariachi music is not only intended to be played and sung, but also to be paired with dances. Enjoy the performance in the neoclassical treasure of the Teatro Degollado, one of the best-preserved theaters in Latin America. This is a ticketed event at $50 per person.
Mexican Fiesta: Sunday, February 7 at 19:00, Instituto Cultural Cabañas
Step into Mexico’s cultural history, and enjoy authentic food and performances in a fun, festive atmosphere. The Cabanas is a UNESCO World Heritage site featuring the frescoes of José Clemente Orozco, who specialized in bold murals that established the Mexican Mural Renaissance. This is a ticketed event at $50 per person. Transportation will be provided.
If you are already registered, please visit the WOC2016 Social Events web page at www.woc2016.org/social.php to purchase your tickets to attend the Mariachi Gala and/or Mexican Fiesta. If you are not yet registered to attend, you can purchase tickets when you register for the Congress. Please note the times for the ticketed events are subject to change.

Wondering About Guadalajara? Learn more about Guadalajara and the Mexican medical community from Dr. Laura Ruiz Garcia, who was born and raised in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Book a tour to explore nearby ancient ruins, white-sand beaches, and charming cities. Tours range from half-a-day to week-long trips to a variety of locations--including the jungles and beaches of Cancun, snorkeling and five-star hotels of Puerto Vallarta, and local tours of Guadalajara and its tequila distilleries.

Do you still need to make flight reservations? A discount code is available, limitations apply.

Do you need a visa to travel to Mexico? The WOC2016 website makes it easy to obtain an invitation letter.

Do not forget to book your hotel! View hotels in the areas around Expo Guadalajara on the WOC2016 website. Continuous shuttle bus service will be available at official WOC2016 hotels that are not within walking distance of Expo Guadalajara.

If you have not already registered, save money and register now!
Register Today

28 December, 2015

SEASON GREETINGS

Wishing you a wonderful New Year 2016

28 December, 2015

PHOTOS FROM THE AOC'S LDP EVENT

The AOC's leadership programme has come and gone but the knowledge shared, lessons learnt will linger in the hearts and minds of the attendees.

Click to see pictures from the event.

07 September, 2015

AOC Leadership Development Programme 2015

Venue: COECSA Scientific Conference,

Enashipai Resort and Spa. Moi S. Lake Road, Naivasha, Kenya

Date: 25th - 26th August, 2015

Faculty and Invited Speakers

Dr. Sidney Gicheru, USA (Program Director)

Dr. Kunle Hassan, Nigeria (President, AOC)

Bill Felch, USA (CEO, ICO)

Dr. Dan Kiage, Kenya

Dr. Alan Kimura, USA

Dr. Eddie Legodi, South Africa

Dr. Ciku Mathenge, Rwanda

Lene Overland, Orbis, South Africa

Njeri Rionge, Canada

Local Organizing Committees

Dr. Muchai Gachago President, Ophthalmology Society of Kenya

Dr. Ibrahim Matende President, College of Ophthalmology of Eastern, Central and Southern Africa (COECSA)

Organizing Committee

Dr. Kunle Hassan President, Africa Ophthalmology Council

Dr. Mike Brennan International Envoy, American Academy of Ophthalmology

Dr. Sidney Gicheru

Dr. Dan Kiage

25 August, 2015

WOC2020 to be hosted in South Africa

Following the proposal by Ophthalmological Society of South Africa (OSSA) to host the WOC 2020, the body was invited by the ICO to make a formal presentation of their bid 14th, May 2014. Competing countries were Oman and Dubai.

The delegation for that presentation led by Dr Kgao Legodi ably supported by Dr Andrew Boliter(OSSA President), Prof Andries Stulting, Dr Johann Slazus, Ms Merinda Moodie (OSSA CEO) and Mr Adrian Fourie emphasized the importance and impact of hosting a Congress of such immense magnitude and importance as the WOC in Africa.

The OSSA won the bid and for the first time, the WOC would be held on African soil in CapeTown, South Africa. Developments would be posted regularly.

02 June, 2015

AOC in conjunction with COESA, ICO and AAO launch Leadership Development Program

The African Ophthalmology Council, AOC, in collaboration with COECSA, AAO and ICO will be launching a Leadership Development Program (LDP) in 2015/2016. The first one (Anglophone) will be in Kenya during the COECSA (College of East, Central and South Africa) Congress in August 2015 in Naivasha.

The purpose of the Leadership Development Program is to provide both personal and organizational orientation and skill development to future leaders of Regional and National Eye Societies in Sub Saharan Africa. Only National and Regional societies may submit a program participant nomination to the AOC Leadership Development Program Selection Committee.

National Society Chapter President Email Address
Burundi Ophthalmology Society Dr Levi Kandeke l.kandeke@gmail.com
Ophthalmology Society of Ethopia Dr Elias Haliu ellishailu@yahoo.com
Ophthalmology Society of Kenya Dr Muchai Gachago muchaigachago@gmail.com
Malawi Ophthalmology Society Dr Gerald Msukwa geraldmsukwa@gmail.com
Rwanda Ophthalmology Society Dr John Nkurikiye nkurikiye.john@gmail.com
Ophthalmology Society of South Sudan Dr Wani Mena wanigmena@gmail.com
Tanzania Ophthalmology Society Dr Gabriel Ntomoka gntomoka@yahoo.com
COECSA Uganda Chapter Dr Grace Ssali gracessali@gmail.com
Zambia Ophthalmology Society Dr Chileshe Mboni sampamboni@yahoo.co.uk

The Second Leadership Development Programme targeting francophone Africa will be launched in 2017. Further details on the LDP can be found in the uploaded brochure at the downloads section under the Members area.

01 June, 2015

ROP Screening Processes for IPOSC

The International Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus Council(IPOSC) has been formed by representatives of over 40 national and supranational Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus societies with the aim of improving Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus care around the world.

The Education Committee of the IPOSC is undertaking a worldwide survey of ROP practices and would like to collect data from as many countries as possible. They hope to submit the results of this survey for publication so that they are available to support pediatric ophthalmologists who are trying to establish or improve ROP screening in their countries.

There is a link below to a short survey (14 questions) and we would be very grateful if you could complete it. You can choose to do the survey in either English or Spanish.

ROP Screening Survey (English)

ROP Screening Survey (Spanish)

If you have a national or regional protocol for ROP screening then could you please send a copy by e-mail or fax as follows:

E-mail to: mora@vodafone.co.nz

Fax to: +64 9 5292481 (This is a New Zealand number)

06 May, 2015

Self Refraction Accuracy with Adjustable Spectables among children in Ghana

Purpose: To determine the accuracy of self-refraction (SR) in myopic teenagers, we compared visual and refractive out- comes of self-refracting spectacles (FocusSpecs) with those obtained using cycloplegic subjective refraction (CSR) as a gold standard.

A copy of this publication has been made available in the downloads section of the members area. Please read and share.

PS:  All sight improving organisations are also invited to further improve this initiative. For enquires, please contact the Focus on Vision organisation on: Krijtweg 29 | NL – 5345 TT Oss | T +31 (0) 412 658 111 | M +31 (0) 625 060 444

06 May, 2015

WOC2016 Abstract Submission deadline

WOC2016 Abstract Submission deadline

The WOC2016 Abstract submission deadline is fast approaching. Please submit your abstracts now for consideration by the Scientific Program Committee of the World Ophthalmology Congress® (WOC) of the International Congress of Ophthalmology, February 5–9, 2016, in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Abstracts may be submitted online in English or Spanish. The deadline for submission is June 1, 2015, and primary authors will be notified if their abstracts have been accepted or denied in July 2015. The following abstract presentation types will be considered:

  • Free Papers: Presentations of five minutes, followed by three minutes of discussion Posters:
  • Electronic display of the latest research results
  • Videos: Videos 1–5 minutes in length Instruction Courses:

Submit a topic and a suggested list of speakers for these 90-minute sessions. In a short synopsis, describe the content of the course, target audience, and educational goals. For more detailed information on abstract submission, please visit: WOC Abstract Submission guidelines.

03 May, 2015

MEACO2016 Congress, Manama Bahrain

MEACO2016 Congress, Manama Bahrain

The Middle East Africa Council of Ophthalmology (MEACO) is pleased to announce its XIII International Congress, which will be held May 4–8, 2016, at the Bahrain International Exhibition Center in Manama, Bahrain. The MEACO Congress is the largest ophthalmic meeting in the Middle East and Africa regions and will include participation of ophthalmologists and eye care professionals from throughout the world.

Details about the Congress will be announced soon. In their continuing efforts to strengthen ophthalmology and improve eye care in Sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East, MEACO held their 2015 Board Meeting in Dubai in March. The meeting was chaired by Board Chairman HRH Prince Abdulaziz bin Ahmed bin Abdulaziz A-Saud, with Dr. Ahmed Abdullah Ahmed, MEACO President, presiding.

MEACO is one of four supranational organizations, representing the national and regional ophthalmological societies in Africa and the Middle East, including Turkey and Iran.

03 May, 2015

ICO Fellowships application still on

ICO Fellowships application still on

The ICO fellowships programme is still open till September 30th, 2015. The fellowship which was founded to help promising young ophthalmologists from developing countries improve their practical skills and broaden their perspectives of ophthalmology is strictly for applicants under 40 years of age as at the time of application.

For more information on how to apply, please click to visit: Apply for ICO fellowship Also make sure to check out the eligibility requirements for the fellowship you are applying, please click Eligibility Requirements.

03 May, 2015

Our First General Assembly

Our First General Assembly

The African Ophthalmology Council (AOC) met in Durban, South Africa, on March 11, 2015, and we held a Board Meeting and our first General Assembly. Actions and goals were mapped out at the meeting as well as defining of these three key priorities of the Council:

  • Biannual Scientific Congress Organization
  • Leadership Development Program and lastly
  • Communication and Advocacy at Supranational Level.

The AOC also presented a Forum organized with the ICO and AAO on Ophthalmologic Society and Leadership Development in Sub-Saharan Africa. Presentations addressing the needs of the public, the role of ophthalmology, and how ophthalmological societies can best serve regional needs were discussed.

02 May, 2015

AOC EXECUTIVE SECRETARY

Dear AOC members,
Greetings from the AOC secretariat. I wish to use this medium to formally introduce myself to all members of the honorable council. As your new appointed executive secretary. I am always available to assist you in anyway possible.
We would also like to have more contributions as we seek to develop our AOC newsletter and any pictures, articles and presentations will assist to add value to the purpose of the Newsletter.
My contact Details are as follows.

Name= MR. FESTUS OZIEGBE ODILEY
Email= festus.odiley@eyefoundationhospital.com, odiley.festus@gmail.com
Mobile= +2348056763614
Skype = festusodiley

I am always available and i look forward to working with all AOC honourable members.

Warm Regards

Odiley Festus Oziegbe.
Executive Secretary
AOC

01 May, 2015

44th National congress of OSSA: 13 – 16 March 2014 in Drakensberg, South Africa.

The 44th National Congress of the Ophthalmological Society of South Africa, OSSA, will hold from 13 – 16 March 2014 at the Champagne Convention Centre, Drakensberg, South Africa.

Congress website: http://www.ossa2014.co.za/Default.aspx

15 February, 2014

COECSA 2014 Congress - Livingstone, Zambia

 CALL FOR ABSTRACTS

Promoting Evidence-Based Practice in Eye Health

 

COECSA 2014 Congress - Livingstone, Zambia

www.coecsacongress.com        Contact: coecsa@dynamiccongress.com

 

VENUE:  Zambezi Sun and Royal Livingstone Hotels’ Conference centre, situated above the mighty Victoria Falls, one of Seven Natural Wonders of the World!  

DATES:  21- 22 Aug 2014 – Main Congress;  20 Aug: Live Surgery & Symposia

 

Send your abstracts to the Scientific Committee abstracts@coecsacongress.com

Make this once-in-a-lifetime congress a memorable highlight in your 2014 academic and holiday schedule.  You can look forward to:

  • CME Congress
  • Powerful presentations by world-renowned speakers
  • Personal interaction
  • Ophthalmic commercial exhibition
  • Abundant Big 5 wildlife & Scenic splendor
  • True African hospitality, exquisite Zambian culture and cuisine
  • Spectacular destination with affordable luxury and family accommodation

 

Host: Zambia Ophthalmology Society (ZOS)

COECSA 2014 Organising Committee Chairman:  Dr. Chileshe Mboni, ZOS President - E-mail:  zospresident@coecsacongress.com

 

 

12 February, 2014

AOF Travel Bursaries to attend WOC14 in Tokyo, Japan

The African Ophthalmology Forum (AOF) is proud to announce the list of 20 beneficiaries of travel bursary to assist young ophthalmologists from Sub Sahara Africa, who plan to attend the World Ophthalmology Congress in Tokyo, Japan from 2-6 April 2014.

The bursary was announced in the December 2013/January 2014 Newsletter of AOF.

List of AOF Travel Bursaries to attend the World Ophthalmology Congress in Tokyo, Japan:

NAME

NATIONALITY

PRESENTING AT WOC2014

Dr Nasiru Muhammad

NIGERIA

YES

Dr Alamou Soulé

BENIN

YES

Dr Emmanuel Olu Megbelayin

NIGERIA

YES

Dr Nkiru-Kizor

NIGERIA

YES

Dr Monsudi Kehinde Fasasi

NIGERIA

YES

Dr Saiba Semanyenzi Eugene

RWANDA

YES

Dr Ogun Olufunmilola Abimbola

NIGERIA

YES

Dr Issa Abdi BOGOREH

DJIBOUTI

YES

Dr Tayo Bogunjoko

NIGERIA

YES

Dr Aba Hydara

Gambia

YES

Dr Hassan Yogolelo

DRC

YES

Dr Kadjat Doline

DRC

NO

Dr David Kasongole

ZAMBIA

NO

Dr Diallo Oumar

MALI

NO

Dr Yeshigeta Gelaw

ETHIOPIA

NO

Dr Barnabas Mshangila

TANZANIA

NO

Dr Lawan Anas Abdullahi

NIGERIA

NO

Dr Okwen Marvice Muyen

CAMEROON

NO

Dr Oyedemi Modupe Oyindamola

NIGERIA

NO

Dr Kwadwo Amoah

GHANA

NO

12 February, 2014

Congres de la Societe camerounaise d'Ophtalmologie 2014

Le prochain congres de la Societe camerounaise d'Ophtalmologie se tiendra du 27 février au 1er mars 2014 a yaounde. Le thème principal portera sur la "pathologie orbitio-palpebrale". Les communications sont acceptées jusqu'au 15 janvier 2014 a l'adresse email suivante: infoscamerophtalmologie@yahoo.com 

12 February, 2014

Le 9ème congrès de la Société Ouest Africaine d'Ophtalmologie à Yamoussoukro

Le 9ème congrès de la Société Ouest Africaine d'Ophtalmologie (SOAO) se tiendra en conjonction avec le 8ème Congrès de la Société Ivoirienne d'Ophtalmologie du 4 - 7 novembre 2013 à Yamoussoukro, Côte-d'Ivoire.

Thème: Le glaucome

Contact: Professeur A. Fanny 

Site web du congrès SOAO: http://soao-info.org/Default2.aspx?PageName=congreenprepara

06 October, 2013

October 4-5th 2013: Ophthalmological Society of Ethiopia 15th Annual Conference

The 15th Ophthalmological Society of Ethiopia(OSE) conference themed ''Emphasis on pediatric Ophthalmology'' will hold on Friday October 4th and Saturday October 5th 2013 at Harmony Hotel in Addis Ababa,Ethiopia.

Distinguished speakers from with in and outside Ethiopia will deliver on their life long experience on various topics with special focus on pediatric ophthalmology.

Kindly visit the OSE website (http://www.oseethiopia.org/)  for details.

21 September, 2013

October 10th 2013 is World Sight Day!

In keeping with the new VISION 2020 Action Plan, the theme for World Sight Day 2013 is: "Universal Eye Health". The purpose of the Action Plan is to ‘increase access to comprehensive eye care services that are integrated into health systems’.

The World Sight Day the “Call to Action” for 2013 is: Get your Eyes Tested.

Please visit the World Sight Day 2013 website (http://www.iapb.org/wsd13) for additional information on how to make your activities have high impact. 

21 September, 2013

Ophthalmological Society of Ghana - 23rd National Congress

23RD ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING AND SCIENTIFIC CONFERENCE OF THE OPHTHALMOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF GHANA

THEME: DIABETES AN EMERGING THREAT TO YOUR SIGHT

26THSEPTEMBER 2013 -VITREORETINA COURSE,

Course fee: Members-GC100.00; others US$100.00

VENUE: GMA HOUSE, Korle-Bu

Time: 8.00am - Registration: 8:00 to 8:30am-3.30pm

Programme

SESSION1. AGE- Related Macula degeneration , 08:30 - 10:30hrs

SESSION2. Retinal Vein Occlusion. 10:45 – 12:45 hrs

SESSION3. Retinal Detachment. 13:30 -15:30 hrs

PRACTICAL SESSION- INDIRECT OPHTHALMOSCOPY 4.00pm:

Tour of Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum, Accra Conference fee: GC 200.00

 

27TH SEPTEMBER 2013

VENUE: Ghana College of Physicians and Surgeons

08.00- 10.00hrs     GLAUCOMA WORKSHOP

10.000-12.00hr     OPENING CEREMONY,

12.30 hrs ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING OF OSG,

19:00hrs ANNUAL DINNER,

 

28THSEPTEMBER 2013

VENUE: Ghana College of Physicians and Surgeon

Session 1. Diabetic Retinopathy, 08:00- 10:30 hrs

Session2 and 3: Free Scientific Papers, 10:45 - 12:45

Deadline for submission of abstracts: 23rd August 2013.

E-mail: edithackuaku@yahoo.co.uk President, Ophthalmological Society of Ghana

01 September, 2013

Early Bird Registration is Now Open for WOC2014!

Now is the time to make your plans to attend this important gathering of the world’s ophthalmologists in Japan in April 2014. You can take advantage of early bird rates by taking a moment to register at: www.woc2014.org/contents/register.html. Early Bird Registration ends October 18, 2013.
The Scientific Program is also accepting abstract submissions and the deadline for abstract submissions is
 July 26, 2013. Detailed information about this can be found at: www.woc2014.org/contents/call_for_papers.html.

28 April, 2013

AOF Vice President inaugurated as OSSA President!

Dr Kgao Legodi, AOF Vice President for Southern Africa has been inaugurated as President of the Ophthalmological Society of South Africa, OSSA, during during the 43rd congress of OSSA that took place from 14 to 17 March 2013 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.

28 April, 2013

AOF Newsletter March 2013

AOF Newsletter March 2013

African Ophthalmology Forum Newsletter
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March 2013
Dear Friend,
Cher Ami,

In this issue:
1. Annual General Meeting and Conference of the Ophthalmological Society of Ghana (OSG) 
2. ICO Residency Program Directors Course in Accra, Ghana.  24-25 September 2013
3. 12th European VitreoRetinal Training School 2013
4. You can now ask a professor!
5. The 3rd international course of orbitoplastic surgery 
6. The next deadline to apply for a three-month ICO Fellowship is 31 March 2013

Dans ce numéro:
1. Assemblée générale annuelle et congres de la Société d'ophtalmologie du Ghana (OSG)
2. Cours de ICO pour les directeurs de programmes de résidence en ophtalmologie à Accra, au Ghana. 24-25 Septembre 2013
3. 12ème Ecole européenne de formation en chirurgie de la rétine  2013
4. Vous pouvez maintenant demander un professeur
5. Le 3ème cours international de chirurgie orbitoplastique
6. La date limite pour présenter une demande de bourse de trois mois de ICO est le 31 Mars 2013

 
1.  Annual General Meeting and Conference of the Ophthalmological Society of Ghana (OSG) 
Dates:  27th and 29th of September (follows the Programme Directors meeting)
Theme: Diabetic Retinopathy
There will be a full day workshop on diabetic retina with hands on training in examination techniques.
There will also be a Glaucoma forum.
Contact us or the president, Dr. Edith Dogbe  for more information

 
2. ICO Residency Program Directors Course in Accra, Ghana.  24-25 September 2013
The International Council of Ophthalmology (ICO) Residency Program Directors Courses, organized since 2004, are held in different regions of the world and focus on methods of instruction, assessment, and measuring competence. They are designed to help educators become better teachers.  This meeting is intended for residency program directors, directors of resident education, residency coordinators, or those who hold a similar role.
Major topics include adult learning principles, curriculum design, professionalism, communication skills, resident assessment, and improving teaching skills. 
If you have any questions about the course, please send an email to:  educators@icoph.org.  ICO website

 
3. 12th European VitreoRetinal Training School 2013
The 12th European VitreoRetinal Training School 2013 will hold  in Bremen, Germany from May 20 – 31, 2013.  Course participants from Africa may benefit from the special discounted course fee of Euro 1300.
Please follow this link for details. 
Our appologies for the incorrect link in our February 2013 Newsletter

 
4. You can now ask a professor!
Orbis International is excited to announce that they are offering a brand new feature in E-Learning.  
Now, whenever you are studying courses and have a question about the material presented, you can get an answer from an expert clinical professor.  
Just send your question in an email message to:  ask.professor@orbis.org.  Orbis will direct your question to a professor in the appropriate sub-specialty area to provide you with an answer.  
If you need further assistance, please contact Orbis directly at:  cyber-sight.consult@orbis.org.

5. The 3rd international course of orbitoplastic surgery 
The 3rd international course of orbitoplastic surgery and new trends in ophthalmology that will take place in Ravello (Italy) from 18th to 20th April 2013. For more information, please contact Dr Luigi Colangelo at colangeloluigi@libero.it

6. The next deadline to apply for a three-month ICO Fellowship is 31 March 2013
The International Council of Ophthalmology (ICO) Fellowship program was organized to help promising young ophthalmologists, especially those from developing countries, improve their practical skills and broaden their perspectives of ophthalmology.  Fellows are expected to bring the acquired knowledge and skills back to their country of origin and take part in programs to preserve and restore vision.
Please follow this link for details.
 

 
Best wishes,

Dr. Henry Nkumbe
AOF General Secretary
 

 
1. Assemblée générale annuelle et congres de la Société d'ophtalmologie du Ghana (OSG)
Dates: 27 et 29 Septembre (suite au cours de ICO pour les directeurs de programmes de résidence en ophtalmologie)
Thème: Rétinopathie diabétique
Il y aura un atelier d'une journée sur la rétinopathie diabétique avec de séances pratiques sur les techniques d'examen.  Il y aura également un forum sur le glaucome.
Contactez-nous ou la présidente, le Dr Edith Dogbe  pour plus d'informations

 
2. Cours de ICO pour les directeurs de programmes de résidence en ophtalmologie à Accra, au Ghana. 24-25 Septembre 2013
Le Conseil International d'Ophtalmologie (ICO) organise depuis 2004 des cours pour les directeurs de programmes de formation d’ophtalmologistes  dans différentes régions du monde.  Ces cours focalisent sur les méthodologies d’enseignement, d'évaluation et la mesure de la compétence. Ils sont conçus pour aider les éducateurs à devenir de meilleurs enseignants. Cette réunion est destinée aux directeurs de programme de résidence, les directeurs des formation des résidents, les coordonnateurs de résidence, ou ceux qui détiennent un rôle similaire.
Les principaux sujets comprennent les principes d'apprentissage des adultes, la conception des programmes, les compétences, le professionnalisme, la communication, l'évaluation des résidents, et l'amélioration des compétences pédagogiques.
Si vous avez des questions sur le cours, s'il vous plaît envoyez un courriel à: educators@icoph.org.  Site web de ICO.

 
3. 12ème Ecole européenne de formation en chirurgie de la rétine  2013
La 12ème école européenne de formation vitréo-rétinienne 2013 se tiendra à Brême, en Allemagne, du 20-31 mai 2013.  Les participants venant d'Afrique peuvent bénéficier du tarif réduit spécial de 1300 Euro.
S'il vous plaît suivez ce lien pour plus de détails.
Nos excuses pour le lien incorrect dans notre Lettre d'information de Février 2013

 
4. Vous pouvez maintenant demander un professeur
 Orbis International est heureux d'annoncer qu'ils offrent une toute nouvelle fonctionnalité de e-learning.
Maintenant, quand vous étudiez les cours et vous avez une question concernant le matériel présenté, vous pouvez obtenir une réponse d'un professeur expert.
 Il suffit d'envoyer votre question par message électronique  à: ask.professor @ orbis.org
Orbis va soumettre votre question à un professeur approprié dans la sous-spécialité concernée, qui va vous fournir une réponse.
Si vous avez besoin d'aide, s'il vous plaît contactez-Orbis directement à:  cyber-sight.consult@orbis.org 

5. Le 3ème cours international de chirurgie orbitoplastique
Le 3ème cours international de chirurgie orbitoplastique et des nouvelles tendances en ophtalmologie, aura lieu à Ravello (Italie) du 18 au 20 Avril 2013. Pour plus d'informations, s'il vous plaît contacter le Dr Luigi Colangelo : colangeloluigi@libero.it

6. La date limite pour présenter une demande de bourse de trois mois de ICO est le 31 Mars 2013
Le Programme de bourses du Conseil International d'Ophtalmologie (ICO)  a été organisé pour aider les jeunes ophtalmologistes prometteurs, en particulier ceux des pays en développement, d'améliorer leurs compétences pratiques et d'élargir leurs perspectives d'ophtalmologie. Les boursiers doivent apporter les connaissances et les compétences acquises dans leur pays d'origine et de participer à des programmes visant à préserver et à restaurer la vision.
S'il vous plaît suivez ce lien pour plus de détails.
Il existe également des insitutitions d'accueil dans les pays francophones. S'il vous plaît suivez ce lienpour une liste des établissements d'accueil. 
 

 
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Dr. Henry Nkumbe
Secrétaire Général de l'AOF

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06 March, 2013

AOF Newsletter Febuary 2013

AOF Newsletter Febuary 2013

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February 2013

Dear Friend,
Cher Ami,

In this issue:
1. First Scientific Congress of the College of Ophthalmology of East, Central and Southern Africa (COECSA)
2. The 19th congress of the Cameroon Society of Ophthalmology
3. 12th European VitreoRetinal Training School 2013
4. World Glaucoma Week, 10 - 16 March 2013

Dans ce numéro:
1.Premier Congrès Scientifique du College of Ophthalmology of East, Central and Southern Africa (COECSA)
2. Le 19e congrès de la Société Camerounaise d'Ophtalmologie (SCO)
3. 12ème Ecole européenne de formation vitréo-rétinienne 2013
4. Semaine Mondiale du glaucome, 10 au 16 mars 2013

1. First Scientific Congress of the College of Ophthalmology of East, Central and Southern Africa (COECSA)
You are warmly invited to attend the First Scientific Congress of the College of Ophthalmology of East Central and Southern Africa (COECSA) which will be held in Kigali from 22 to 23 August 2013.
Please follow this link for details (530KB).

2. The 19th congress of the Cameroon Society of Ophthalmology
The 19th Congress of the Cameroon Society of Ophthalmology will hold on 1 and 2 March 2013 at Djeuga Hotel in Yaounde.
THEME: Corneal diseases
ROUNDTABLE: The challenge of corneal transplantation in Cameroon
President of the Organizing Committee: Prof. AL. Bella
For more information, please contact Dr. C. Domngang Noche, General Secretary of the Cameroonian Society of Ophthalmology

3. 12th European VitreoRetinal Training School 2013
The 12th European VitreoRetinal Training School 2013 will hold in Bremen, Germany from May 20 – 31, 2013.
Please download this document for details (2MB)

4. World Glaucoma Week, 10 - 16 March 2013
World Glaucoma Week is a joint global initiative of the World Glaucoma Association (WGA) and the World Glaucoma Patients Association (WGPA), to raise awareness of glaucoma, what it does to sight and how it might affect you.
For ideas on how to celebrate World Glaucoma Week, please follow this link. You may also want to watch a glaucoma music video.

Best wishes,

Dr. Henry Nkumbe
AOF General Secretary

1. Premier Congrès Scientifique du College of Ophthalmology of East, Central and Southern Africa (COECSA)
Vous êtes cordialement invités à assister au premier congrès scientifique du College of Ophthalmology of East, Central and Southern Africa (COECSA) qui se tiendra à Kigali du 22 au 23 Août 2013.
S'il vous plaît suivez ce lien pour plus de détails (530 KO).

2. Le 19e congrès de la Société Camerounaise d'Ophtalmologie (SCO)
Le 19 e congrès de la SCO se tiendra les 1er et 2 mars 2013 au Djeuga Hotel à Yaoundé
THEME: LES AFFECTIONS DE LA CORNEE
TABLE RONDE: LA PROBLEMATIQUE DE LA GREFFE DE CORNEE AU CAMEROUN
Président du Comité d'organisation: Pr AL. Bella
Pour tout renseignements: Dr C. Domngang Noche, Secrétaire Générale de la SCO

3. 12ème Ecole européenne de formation vitréo-rétinienne 2013
Le 12ème Ecole européenne de formation vitréo-rétinienne aura lieu à Brême, Allemagne du 20 au 31 mai 2013. Telechargez s’il vous plait ce document pour plus d’informations (2MO).

4. Semaine Mondiale du glaucome, 10 au 16 mars 2013
La semaine mondiale du glaucome est une initiative mondiale conjointe de l'Association mondiale du glaucome (WGA) et de l'association mondiale des patients atteints de glaucome (WGPA) pour sensibiliser a propos du glaucome, ce qu'il fait à la vue et la façon dont il pourrait vous affecter.
Pour des idées sur la façon de célébrer la Semaine mondiale du glaucome, s'il vous plaît suivez ce lien ou télécharger ce rapport sur la célébration de la semaine mondiale du glaucome en République Démocratique du Congo en 2011. Vous pouvez également regarder une vidéo de musique sur le glaucome ici.

Salutations confraternelles,

Dr. Henry Nkumbe
Secrétaire Général de l'AOF

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06 March, 2013

Africa Glaucoma Meeting, February 2013

Africa Glaucoma 2013 Meeting

Date: Friday 15th and Saturday 16th February 2013 (8am - 5pm )

Venue: Protea Hotel, Isaac John St , Ikeja GRA

Theme: Glaucoma in sub Saharan Africa-epidemiology, clinical management and opportunities for research especially translational research which will impact clinical treatment.

17 January, 2013

First Scientific Congress of the College of Ophthalmology of East Central and Southern Africa (COECSA): 22-23 August 2013

You are warmly invited to attend the First Scientific Congress of the College of Ophthalmology of East Central and Southern Africa (COECSA) which will be held in Kigali from 22 to 23 August 2013. Please follow this link for details (530KB).

17 January, 2013

Ophthalmological Society of South Africa - 43rd National Congress: 14-17 March 2013

The 43rd National Congress of the Ophthalmological Society of South Africa, OSSA, will hold from 14 – 17 March 2013 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre, South Africa

17 January, 2013

AOF Newsletter January 2013

AOF Newsletter January 2013

January 2013

Dear Friend,
Cher Ami,

In this issue:
1. 2013 LCIF SightFirst Research Program: LOI deadline, January 11, 2013
2. Introduction to Statistics: Free online course on edX.
3. Orbis CyberSight Nursing Education Section is Growing

Dans ce numéro:
1. 2013 Programme de recherche LCIF SightFirst: Date limite des lettres d'intention, Janvier 11, 2013
2. Introduction aux statistiques: cours en ligne gratuit sur edX.
3. Orbis CyberSight : La formation en soins infirmiers en croissance

1. 2013 LCIF SightFirst Research Program: LOI deadline, January 11, 2013
The Lions Club International Foundation (LCIF) will again provide funds to support public health research initiatives that evaluate and directly influence the operation of the SightFirst program, Lions’ premier initiative to strengthen eye care systems in underserved communities. SightFirst 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 January 11, 2013. Invitations to submit full proposals will be distributed no later than February 1, 2013, with full proposals due by March 1, 2013. Grants will be approved by LCIF and commence in August 2013.
For more information, visit:.http://www.lcif.org/EN/_files/pdfs/SFResearchRFP.pdf.
Contact Phillip Albano, Manager, LCIF Sight Programs Department at +1-630-468-6895 or phillip.albano@lionsclubs.org with any questions.

2. Introduction to Statistics: Free online course on edX.
Stat2x is an introduction to the fundamental concepts and methods of statistics, the science of drawing conclusions from data.
The course is the online equivalent of Statistics 2, a 15-week introductory course taken in Berkeley by about 1,000 students each year. Stat2x is divided into three 5-week components. Stat2.1x is the first of the three.
The focus of Stat2.1x is on descriptive statistics. The goal of descriptive statistics is to summarize and present numerical information in a manner that is illuminating and useful. The course will cover graphical as well as numerical summaries of data, starting with a single variable and progressing to the relation between two variables. Methods will be illustrated with data from a variety of areas in the sciences and humanities.
There will be no mindless memorization of formulas and methods. Throughout Stat2.1x, the emphasis will be on understanding the reasoning behind the calculations, the assumptions under which they are valid, and the correct interpretation of results.
For more information, visit this link.

3. Orbis CyberSight Nursing Education Section is Growing
The significance of nursing support in ophthalmology is well known to those who have the advantage of practicing with a talented and hardworking team of nurses and technicians. This team approach is not always present or appreciated in some parts of the world. Recognizing both the need and importance of educational resources in nursing, Cyber-Sight E-Resources is offering nursing education material assembled by the Flying Eye Hospital head nurse, Heather Machin. There is a growing collection of information available to benefit nurses working in peri-operative and clinical environments, including some that has been translated into Chinese. We hope you will visit this section of the website and recommend it to every nurse.

Best wishes,

Dr. Henry Nkumbe
AOF General Secretary

1. 2013 Programme de recherche LCIF SightFirst: Date limite des lettres d'intention, Janvier 11, 2013
Le Lions Club International Foundation (LCIF) va de nouveau fournir des fonds pour soutenir les initiatives de recherche en santé publique, qui évaluent et influencent directement le fonctionnement du programme SightFirst, l'initiative des Lions pour renforcer les systèmes de soins oculaires dans les collectivités mal desservies. Les subventions de recherche SightFirst allant jusqu'à US$ 100.000 sont disponibles pour soutenir des projets qui enquêtent sur: (1) des approches novatrices pour réduire la cécité due à la cataracte, (2) des approches novatrices pour réduire la cécité due au trachome, (3) des approches novatrices pour réduire et corriger les erreurs de réfraction chez les enfants d'âge scolaire; ou (4) des enquêtes épidémiologiques dans les zones géographiques où il n'y a pas de données récentes disponibles ou lorsque les enquêtes répétées peuvent informer les tendances actuelles. Les recherches fondamentales en sciences de laboratoire ne seront pas pris en charge par ce programme. La date limite pour les lettres d'intention (LOI) est Janvier 11, 2013. Les invitations à soumettre des propositions complètes seront distribués au plus tard 1 Février 2013, avec des propositions complètes dues Mars 1, 2013. Les subventions seront approuvés par la LCIF et débutera en Août 2013.
Pour plus d'informations, visitez le site: http://www.lcif.org/EN/_files/pdfs/SFResearchRFP.pdf.
Contacter Philippe Albano, directeur, Service des programmes de la LCIF Sight au +1-630-468-6895 ou phillip.albano@lionsclubs.org avec toutes les questions.

2. Introduction aux statistiques: cours en ligne gratuit sur edX.
Stat2x est une introduction aux concepts fondamentaux et les méthodes de la statistique, la science de tirer des conclusions à partir des données.
Le cours est l'équivalent en ligne des Statistiques 2, un cours d'introduction de 15 semaines pris à Berkeley par environ 1.000 étudiants chaque année. Stat2x est divisé en trois composants, qui durent chacun 5 semaines. Stat2.1x en est la première des trois et porte sur les statistiques descriptives.
Pour plus d'informations, visitez ce site.

3. Orbis CyberSight : La formation en soins infirmiers en croissance
L'importance du soutien des soins infirmiers en ophtalmologie est bien connu de ceux qui ont l'avantage de pratiquer avec une équipe talentueuse et travailleuse des infirmières et des techniciens. Cette approche d'équipe n'est pas toujours présente et appréciée dans certaines parties du monde. Reconnaissant la nécessité et l'importance des ressources pédagogiques en sciences infirmières, Cyber-Sight E-Ressources offre du matériel éducatif en soins infirmiers assemblés par l'infirmière en chef du ‘Flying Eye Hospital’ Heather Machin. Il y a une collection croissante d'informations disponibles pour bénéficier des infirmières travaillant dans des environnements péri-opératoires et cliniques. Nous espérons que vous allez visiter cette section du site Web et de le recommander à toutes les infirmières.

Salutations confraternelles,

Dr. Henry Nkumbe
Secrétaire Général de l'AOF

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15 January, 2013

AOF Newsletter October 2012

AOF Newsletter October 2012

AOF Newsletter October 2012

Dear Friend,
Cher Ami,

In this issue:
1. Update your profile on the AOF website
2. IAPB Launches National Eye Coordinator Manual
3. Join AfricaVision, the African Ophthalmology Forum's discussion group

Dans ce numéro:
1. Mettez a jour votre profil sur le site web de AOF
2. Manuel de AIPC (IAPB) pour les Coordonnateur Nationaux de Santé Oculaire
3. Inscrivez vous à AfricaVision, le groupe de discussion du Forum Africain d'Ophtalmologie

1. Update your profile on the AOF Website
AOF is encouraging ophthalmologists on the AOF mailing list to update their profiles on the AOF website. This will not only ensure that we have up-to-date information about you for future communications, it will also make it easier for other colleagues on the database to find and get in touch with you directly. To update your profile, visit the AOF website here.

2. IAPB Lauches National Eye Coordinator Manual
IAPB has launched the National Eye Health Coordinator Manual. Although designed to assist National Eye Health Coordinators in the daily challenges they face in their work, developing, facilitating and managing national eye health plans, the manual should be of interest to all ophthalmologists inleadership positions (clinic directors, ophthalmology society leaders, team leaders, trainers etc.) Sections include Organisational structures, designing job descriptions, VISION 2020 planning, Leadership and Advocacy. Please follow this link to download a PDF copy (1.5MB).

3. Join AfricaVision, the African Ophthalmology Forum's discussion group
AfricaVision is a discussion group of the African Ophthalmology Forum (AOF), set up to enable ophthalmologists exchange best practices on how to address the challenges faced by the profession to meet VISION 2020 objectives in Africa.
Past discussion topics have included Ophthalmology leadership in Africa, second opinions on difficult clinical cases, operational research, announcements (training opportunities, meetings etc.)
Please follow this link to join AfricaVision.

Best wishes,

Dr. Henry Nkumbe
AOF General Secretary

1. Mettez a jour votre profil sur le site web de AOF
AOF encourage les ophtalmologistes sur la liste de diffusion de l'AOF de mettre à jour leur profil sur le site Web de l'AOF. Cela nous permettra non seulement d'avoir une mise à jour de vos coordonnes pour des communications futures, il sera également plus facile pour d'autres collègues sur la base de données de vous contacter directement. Suivez s’il vous plait ce lien pour mettre à jour votre profil sur le site web d’AOF.

2. Manuel de AIPC (IAPB) pour les Coordonnateur Nationaux de Santé Oculaire
Bien que conçu pour soutenir les coordonnateurs nationaux de santé oculaire dans les défis quotidiens auxquels ils font face dans leur travail, a savoir, développer, faciliter et gérer les plans nationaux de santé oculaire, le manuel devrait être d'intérêt pour tous les ophtalmologistes en position de leadership (chefs des cliniques, leaders des sociétés d'ophtalmologie, les chefs d'équipe, enseignants et formateurs, etc.). Quelques thèmes abordés sont les structures organisationnelles, laconception des job descriptions, la planification de VISION 2020, le leadership et le plaidoyer. Suivez s'il vous plaît ce lien pour télécharger une copie PDF (1.5MB).
3. Inscrivez vous à AfricaVision, le groupe de discussion du Forum Africain d'Ophtalmologie
AfricaVision est un groupe de discussion du Forum Africain d'Ophtalmologie (AOF), mis en place pour permettre l'échange des meilleures pratiques des ophtalmologistes sur la façon de relever les défis rencontrés par la profession pour répondre aux objectifs de VISION 2020 en Afrique.
Les sujets de discussion passées ont inclus le leadership en ophtalmologie en Afrique, de cas cliniques intéressants / difficiles, la recherche opérationnelle, des annonces (possibilités de formation, réunions, etc.)
S'il vous plaît suivez ce lien pour rejoindre AfricaVision.

Salutations confraternelles,

Dr. Henry Nkumbe
Secrétaire Général de l'AOF

30 October, 2012

AOF Newsletter September 2012

AOF Newsletter September 2012

AOF Newsletter September 2012

Dear Friend,
Cher Ami,

In this issue:
1. Celebrate World Diabetes Day, 14 November 2012
2. The Ophthalmological Society of Ghana (OSG) conference will hold on the 5th and 6th October 2012
3. The 4th IUSG/ICO Uveitis Course will be held in Venice, Italy in February 2013

Dans ce numéro:
1. Célébrez la Journée Mondiale du Diabète, le 14 Novembre 2012
2. La conférence de la Société d'ophtalmologie du Ghana (OSG) se tiendra le 5 et 6 Octobre 2012
3. Le quatrième cours de l'uvéite de UISG / ICO se tiendra à Venise, en Italie en Février 2013

1. Celebrate World Diabetes Day, 14 November 2012
World Diabetes Day raises global awareness of the escalating rates of diabetes around the world and how to prevent the illness in most cases.
The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) estimates that about 80% of the 14.7 million adults living with diabetes in sub-Saharan Africa don’t know they have the disease.
Also, in sub-Saharan Africa, there are more than 5 million adults with diabetic retinopathy of any form, more than 1.5 million of whom have vision threatening diabetic retinopathy requiring urgent specialist treatment, if data from a recent meta analysis of population-based studies of diabetic retinopathy worldwide are anything to go by.
As of today, the IDF website shows that this year, activities are planned in Ghana, Nigeria and Sierra Leone.
Celebrating World Diabetes day therefore presents a very good opportunity for ophthalmologists in Africa to contribute to the fight against vision loss due to diabetes.

2. The Ophthalmological Society of Ghana (OSG) conference will hold on the 5th and 6th October 2012
The Ophthalmological Society of Ghana (OSG) conference will hold on the 5th and 6th October 2012 at The Volta Hotel, Akosombo (40km from Accra). The theme is “ The Environment and your eyes” with a sub-theme “Advances in the management of external eye diseases"
For additional information, please contact Dr. Edith Dogbe, President of OSG.

3. The 4th IUSG/ICO Uveitis Course will be held in Venice, Italy in February 2013
The International Uveitis Study Group (IUSG) under the auspices of the International Council of Ophthalmology (ICO) will conduct the 4th Uveitis Course, which will be held in Venice, Italy in February 2013. Details regarding the course are available here:
Young ophthalmologists and ophthalmology residents may be eligible to apply for a limited number of grants to sponsor attendance of the course. For information regarding the grant, please click here.

Best wishes,

Dr. Henry Nkumbe
AOF General Secretary

1. Célébrez la Journée Mondiale du Diabète, le 14 Novembre 2012
La Journée mondiale du diabète a pour but de mieux faire connaître cette maladie dans le monde – son ampleur mais aussi les moyens dont on dispose pour la prévenir.
La Fédération Mondiale du Diabète (IDF) estime qu'environs 80% des 14,7 millions des adultes vivant avec le diabète en Afrique sub-saharienne ne savent pas qu'ils ont la maladie.
Dans cette région, il ya plus de 5 millions d'adultes atteints de rétinopathie diabétique de toute forme, dont plus de 1,5 millions soufrant d’une rétinopathie diabétique menaçant la vision nécessitant un traitement spécialisé urgent, si ont se réfère aux résultats d'une méta-analyse récente des études basées sur la population de la rétinopathie diabétique dans le monde entier.
Le site web de IDF montre que cette année, des activités sont prévues au Ghana, au Nigeria et en Sierra Leone.
La célébration de la Journée Mondiale du Diabète présente donc une très bonne occasion pour les ophtalmologistes en Afrique pour contribuer à la lutte contre la perte de vision due au diabète.

2. La conférence de la Société d'ophtalmologie du Ghana (OSG) se tiendra le 5 et 6 Octobre 2012
La conférence de la Société d'ophtalmologie du Ghana (OSG) se tiendra le 5 et 6 Octobre 2012 au Volta Hotel, Akosombo (40km d'Accra). Le thème est «L'environnement et vos yeux" avec comme sous-thème «Developements dans la prise en charge des maladies oculaires exterieures"
Pour plus d'informations, s'il vous plaît prenez contacte avec le Dr Edith Dogbe, présidente de l'OSG.

3. Le quatrième cours de l'uvéite de UISG / ICO se tiendra à Venise, en Italie en Février 2013
Le Groupe d'étude international de l’uvéite (UISG), en collaboration avec le Conseil International d'Ophtalmologie (ICO) organisera le quatrième cours de l'uvéite, qui se tiendra à Venise, en Italie en Février 2013. Les détails concernant le cours sont disponibles ici:
Les jeunes ophtalmologistes et les résidents en ophtalmologie peuvent postuler pour un nombre limité de bourses pour participer a la formation. Pour plus d'informations conernant la bourse, s'il vous plaît cliquez ici.

Salutations confraternelles,

Dr. Henry Nkumbe
Secrétaire Général de l'AOF

28 October, 2012

AOF Newsletter August 2012

AOF Newsletter August 2012

AOF Newsletter August 2012

Dear Friend,
Cher Ami,

In this issue:
1. World Sight Day 2012 falls on Thursday, 11 October 2012
2. Harvard School of Public Health offers free online Course on Pubic Health Research
3. Online gonioscopy teaching videos

Dans ce numéro:
1. La Journée Mondiale de la vue 2012 (JMV12) tombe le jeudi 11 Octobre 2012
2. La Harvard School of Public Health propose gratuitement des cours en ligne sur la recherche en santé publique
3. Vidéos d’apprentissage de la gonioscopie en ligne

1. World Sight Day 2012 falls on Thursday, 11 October 2012
World Sight Day 2012 (WSD12) falls on Thursday, 11 October 2012. It will be marked by organisations and institutions around the world, in many different ways, on or around that date.
There is no global theme for WSD12. It is hoped that each participating organisation will use the occasion to highlight their own priority areas, in ways which will resonate best with their own target audiences.
Template press releases and supporting materials can be downloaded from the VISION 2020 website.

2. Harvard School of Public Health offers free online Course on Public Health Research
Quantitative Methods in Clinical and Public Health Research is the online adaptation of material from the Harvard School of Public Health's classes in epidemiology and biostatistics.
Classes start on 15th October 2012 and end on 18th January 2013.
Please follow this link for more information and to register online for the course.

3. Online gonioscopy teaching videos
Professor Adel Abdelshafik from Cairo, Egypt, has prepared a series of short introductory video lectures on how to perform gonioscopy. The videos are available on youtube.
Another useful online resource is www.gonioscopy.org

Best wishes,

Dr. Henry Nkumbe
AOF General Secretary

1. La Journée Mondiale de la vue 2012 (JMV12) tombe le jeudi 11 Octobre 2012
La Journée mondiale de la vue 2012 (JMV12) tombe le jeudi 11 Octobre 2012. Elle sera marquée par des organisations et institutions dans le monde entier, de différentes façons, le 11 Octobre ou autour de cette date.
Il n'ya pas de thème général pour JMV12. Il est à espérer que chaque organisation participante profitera de l'occasion pour mettre en exergue leurs propres domaines prioritaires, d'une manière à avoir le meilleur écho auprès de leurs publics cibles.
Les modèles de communiqués de presse ainsi que des documents d’appui peuvent être téléchargés à partir du site Web de VISION 2020.

2. La Harvard School of Public Health propose gratuitement des cours en ligne sur la recherche en santé publique
« Quantitative Methods in Clinical and Public Health Research » est l'adaptation en ligne du matériel du cours en épidémiologie et en biostatistiques de la Harvard School of Public Health.
Les cours commencent le 15 Octobre 2012 et finissent le 18 Janvier 2013.
Suivez s'il vous plaît ce lien pour plus d'informations et pour vous inscrire en ligne pour le cours.

3. Vidéos d’apprentissage de la gonioscopie en ligne
Le Professeur Adel Abdelshafik du Caire, en Egypte, a préparé une série de courtes vidéos d'introduction sur la façon d'effectuer la gonioscopie. Les vidéos sont disponibles sur YouTube.
Une autre ressource utile en ligne est www.gonioscopy.org

Salutations confraternelles,

Dr. Henry Nkumbe
Secrétaire Général de l'AOF

31 August, 2012

AOF Newsletter July 2012

AOF Newsletter July 2012

AOF Newsletter July 2012

Dear Friend,
Cher Ami,

In this issue:
1. AOF congratulates new ICO Advisory Committee Members
2. The Ophthalmological Society of Nigeria, holds its Annual Congress in Lagos
3. ICO Survey shows a global shortfall in the number of ophthalmologists
4. OSCAR-ICO Ophthalmology Surgical Competency Assessment Rubric (OSCAR) for Squint Surgery

Dans ce numéro:
1. AOF félicite les nouveaux Membres du Comité consultatif de ICO
2. La Société d'ophtalmologie du Nigeria, OSN, tient son Congrès annuel à Lagos
3. Enquête de ICO montre un déficit global du nombre d'ophtalmologistes
4. OSCAR-Strabisme : Outil pour l’évaluation des compétences de la chirurgie du strabisme

1. AOF congratulates new ICO Advisory Committee Members
Dr Kgao Legodi (South Africa and AOF Vice President) and Dr Wanjiku Mathenge (Rwanda) have recently joined the International Council of Ophthalmology Advisory Committee.
The ICO Advisory Committee provides critical input, advice, and recommendations to the ICO Board of Trustees on issues of current and future importance for ophthalmology and eye care worldwide.

2. The Ophthalmological Society of Nigeria, holds its Annual Congress in Lagos
The Annual Congress of the Ophthalmological Society of Nigeria, OSN, will hold from 29 August to 1 September 2012 at the Lagos Oriental Hotel in Victoria Island, Lagos.
Please contact the Congress Secretary, Mr. Leke, for more information.

3. ICO Survey shows a global shortfall in the number of ophthalmologists
ICO has recently published results of a worldwide survey they conducted in 2010 to assess the number of ophthalmologists in training and in practice as well as the growth rate and dynamics of the ophthalmic population at the country level, including residents. The results show a serious global shortfall of ophthalmologists, especially when the aging population is taken into account.
Accordindly, there were 204,909 ophthalmologists worldwide, 2,015 of them serving in 47 countries of Sub Saharan Africa. Although Sub Saharan accounts for about 11% of world population, only 1% of ophthalmologist work there.
AOF would like to encourage national society leaders to help ICO progressively track ophthalmic population trends and to improve the accuracy of the data. They can do so by updating their country information on a yearly basis. To see the complete ICO data set and to update information for 2012, kindly visit this link.

4. OSCAR-ICO Ophthalmology Surgical Competency Assessment Rubric (OSCAR) for Squint Surgery.
The ICO-Ophthalmology Surgical Competency Assessment Rubric (OSCAR) has recently released a tool to teach and assess an ophthalmologist’s competence in performing squint surgery.
OSCAR is very useful, not just for trainers but more especially for trainees, who can use it to do periodic self assessments as they learn a new surgical skill.
For those who want to translate the ICO-OSCAR in other languages such as French or Portuguese or to adapt it, they can download it as a Word document.
If you have translated any of the OSCARs or are interested in volunteering to translate some of them for ICO, please contact ICO CEO, Mr Bill Felch.

Best wishes,

Dr. Henry Nkumbe
AOF General Secretary

1. AOF félicite les nouveaux Membres du Comité consultatif de ICO
Dr Kgao Legodi (Afrique du Sud et vice-président de l'AOF) et le Dr Wanjiku Mathenge (Rwanda) ont récemment rejoint le Comité consultatif du Conseil international d'Ophtalmologie du.
Le Comité consultatif de ICO fournit des intrants essentiels, des conseils et des recommandations au conseil d'administration de ICO sur des questions d'importance actuelle et future pour l'ophtalmologie et les soins oculaires dans le monde entier.

2. La Société d'ophtalmologie du Nigeria, OSN, tient son Congrès annuel à Lagos
Le Congrès annuel de la Société d'ophtalmologie du Nigeria, OSN, tiendra du 29 Août au 1 Septembre 2012 au Lagos Hôtel Oriental, à Victoria Island, Lagos.
Veuillez s'il vous plaît contacter M. Leke, le Secrétaire du Congrès, pour plus d'informations.

3. Enquête de ICO montre un déficit global du nombre d'ophtalmologistes
ICO a récemment publié les résultats d'une enquête dans le monde entier qu’ ils ont mené en 2010 pour évaluer le nombre d'ophtalmologistes en formation et en pratique aussi bien que le taux de croissance et de la dynamique de la population ophtalmique au niveau des pays, y compris les résidents. Les résultats montrent une grave pénurie mondiale d'ophtalmologistes, en particulier lorsque le vieillissement de la population est prise en compte.
D’après cette enquête, il y avait 204,909 ophtalmologistes dans le monde en 2010 et 2,015 d'entre eux servaient dans 47 pays de l'Afrique subsaharienne. Force est de reconnaitre que bien que l'Afrique subsaharienne représente environs 11% de la population mondiale, seulement 1% des ophtalmologistes y travaillent.
AOF voudrais encourager les dirigeants des sociétés nationales d’ophtalmologie d’aider ICO dans sa quête de suivre progressivement les tendances de la population d'ophtalmologistes et d'améliorer l'exactitude des données. Ils peuvent le faire en mettant à jour les informations sur leurs pays chaque année. Pour mettre à jour les informations pour 2012, veuillez visiter ce lien.

4. OSCAR-Strabisme : Outil pour l’évaluation des compétences de la chirurgie du strabisme.
ICO a récemment publié OSCAR-Strabisme, un outil pour enseigner et évaluer les compétences d'un ophtalmologiste dans l'exercice de la chirurgie du strabisme.
OSCAR est très utile, non seulement pour les formateurs mais aussi et surtout pour les stagiaires, qui peuvent s'en servir pour faire des auto-évaluations périodiques à mesure qu'ils apprennent une nouvelle habileté chirurgicale.
Pour ceux qui veulent traduire OSCAR-Strabisme dans d'autres langues comme le français ou le portugais ou de l'adapter localement, des copies sont disponibles sous forme de documents Word.
Si vous avez déjà traduit des OSCARs ou si vous êtes intéressé à faire du bénévolat pour traduire certains d'entre eux pour ICO, s'il vous plaît contacter, Monsieur Bill Felch, Directeur Executive de ICO.

Salutations confraternelles,

Dr. Henry Nkumbe
Secrétaire Général de l'AOF

07 August, 2012

The Ophthalmological Society of South Africa (OSSA) congress holds from 22 - 25 March 2012

The Ophthalmological Society of South Africa (OSSA) will be holding its congress from 22 - 25 March 2012 at the Sandton Convention Centre, Sandton, South Africa.

Please, visit this link for details.

23 February, 2012

World Glaucoma Week, 11 - 17 March 2012

World Glaucoma Week is a joint global initiative of the World Glaucoma Association (WGA) and the World Glaucoma Patients Association (WGPA), to raise awareness of glaucoma, what it does to sight and how it might affect you.

For ideas on how to celebrate World Glaucoma Week, please follow this link. You may also watch glaucoma music video here.

17 February, 2012

Advocating for Action to Ensure Child Eye Health for Africa

From 7-8 December 2011, ORBIS organised a workshop to develop and advocacy plan for child eye health in Africa.

You can download the workshop report here.

17 February, 2012

EUNOS 2012 Update Course_First Announcement

Subject: EUNOS 2012 Update Course_First Announcement

Regarded SEEOS & BSOS member,
By this letter, we would like to propose into your attention and kindly invite you to the First EUNOS Update Course. The event will take place on 14-15 April 2012 in Budapest, Hungary. Please find attached the Up to date Agenda and the registration form of the Course. All these materials and further information is available at the website of the congress secretariat and in a couple of days at the http://eunosweb.org

If you would have any further questions, do not hesitate to contact us. We will be glad to assist to you.
Best regards,
The congress secretariat
Ms Dóra Nagy
Congress Organiser
MOTESZ Congress & Travel Agency
36 Nador str. Budapest H-1051

Phone: 0036 1 311 66 87, 0036 1 312 23 89
Fax: 0036 1 383 79 18
e-mail: nagy.dora@motesz.hu
www.motesz.hu

23 November, 2011

2nd Euretina Winter Meeting: “Innovation in Management of Retinal Diseases”

2nd Euretina Winter Meeting: “Innovation in Management of Retinal Diseases”

2nd Euretina Winter Meeting:
“Innovation in Management of Retinal Disease"

VENUE: Rome Cavalieri Waldorf Astoria
Hotel (Previously the Rome Cavalieri Hilton Hotel)

DATE: 28th January 2012

Poster Abstraction Submission Deadline:- 15th November 2011

POSTER PRIZES TO BE AWARDED:
1ST PRIZE= 3,000 EURO
2ND PRIZE= 2,000 EURO
3RD PRIZE= 1,000 EURO

PLEASE CLICK ON THE URL BELOW FOR MORE DETAILS

http://euretina.cmail1.com/t/r/e/ilhrjjy/cjdhthjyh/d/

07 November, 2011

[glaucomaafrica] Avoiding and managing trab complications

Dear colleagues
Please see attached for a refresher on minimizing complications associated with trabeculectomy.
Best regards- Please see download Section for Details!!!!!!
Karim F. Damji"

04 November, 2011

Vision Research and Opthalmology NEWSLETTER 10-2011

Vision Research and Opthalmology NEWSLETTER 10-2011

Dear Colleagues, Dear Supporters,

Please find below recent updates on www.vision-research.eu

THE GATEWAY OF VISION RESEARCH AND OPHTHALMOLOGY IN EUROPE

• AWARD CEREMONY OF THE EUROPEAN VISION AWARDDE 2011
MORE: http://www.vision-research.eu/index.php?id=682

• OPTICAL COHERENCE TOMOGRAPHY IN VISION RESEARCH
MORE: http://www.vision-research.eu/index.php?id=683

• STRONGER BIOMEDICAL RESEARCH FOR EUROPE
MORE: http://www.vision-research.eu/index.php?id=681

• YOUNG RESEARCHER IN FOCUS: B. VARSANYI, HUNGARY
MORE: http://www.vision-research.eu/index.php?id=679

• VISIONARY OF THE QUARTER: S. SEREGARD, SWEDEN
MORE: http://www.vision-research.eu/index.php?id=680

• OPTIC NERVE DEGENERATION, PROTECTION AND AUTOIMMUNITY IN OBERGURGL, AUSTRIA
MORE: http://www.arvo.org/sites/conference/optic-nerve

FURTHER EVENTS ON http://www.vision-research.eu/index.php?id=142

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Institut Européen de la Vision GEIE
Europäisches Institut für Sehforschung EWIV
Rue du Trône 98
B-1050 BRUXELLES
Belgium
Phone: +32 2 54 80 225
Fax: +32 2 50 27 533
e-mail: info@europeanvisioninstitute.org
URL: http://www.europeanvisioninstitute.org
Chairman: Prof. E. Zrenner; CEO: Dr. Thomas Wheeler-Schilling
e-mail: thws@europeanvisioninstitute.org
Steering Committee: Prof. J. Cunha-Vaz, Portugal; Prof. Phil Luthert, United Kingdom; Prof. N. Pfeiffer, Germany; Prof. J. Sahel, France; Dr. Andreas Wenzel, Switzerland; Prof. E. Zrenner, Germany. Board of Trustees: Prof. C. Remé, Switzerland; Prof. E. Luetjen-Drecoll, Germany; Prof. T. van Veen, Sweden. The European Vision Institute (EVI) has registered Liaison offices in Tuebingen, Germany; London, UK; Coimbra, Portugal and Paris, France.

28 October, 2011

Subvention de ADTA et MEACO pour participer au WOC2012 (World Ophthalmology Congress)

Subvention de ADTA et MEACO pour participer au WOC2012

Conditions pour les candidats:

1. Sont admissibles les ophtalmologistes et les ophtalmologistes en formation (résidents) dans la région MEACO.

2. La subvention ne couvre que le logement, le frais d'inscription et le frais de visa. Les demandeurs retenus devront couvrir toutes les autres dépenses.

3. L'hébergement sera couvert pendant toute la durée du Congrès.

4. Tous les autres frais supplémentaires (téléphone, blanchisserie, etc) dans les hôtels devront être payées par les bénéficiaires.

5. La subvention ne couvre pas et ne rembourse pas toute autre dépense.

Suivez, s'il vous plaît, ce lien pour postuler en ligne

10 October, 2011

8e Congres ordinaire de la Société Ouest Africain d’Ophtalmologie (SOAO) a Libreville, Gabon

La Société Ouest Africain d’Ophtalmologie (SOAO) et la Société Gabonaise d’Ophtalmologie (SGO) organisent conjointement le 8e congres ordinaire de la SOAO et le premier congres de la SGO.

Thèmes :

  • Ophtalmologie de l’enfant
  • VISION 2020, quel bilan a mi parcours  

Dates : 7, 8, 9 et 10 Novembre 2011

Lieu : Institut de France. Libreville, Gabon

Comite d’organisation :

04 October, 2011

The Nigeria National Blindness and Visual Impairment Survey 2005 - 2007

The Nigeria National Blindness and Visual Impairment Survey 2005 - 2007

As we prepare to celebrate World Sight Day 2011, it may be worthwhile drawing our attention to the Nigeria National Blindness and Visual Impairment Survey 2005 - 2007.

What makes this survey unique is that besides providing comprehensive up-to-date data that eye care professionals and policy makers could use to plan eye care service delivery in Nigeria, Nigeria's five ecological zones are shared by 19 other countries with a total population of 345 million people in West and Central Africa.

It is likely that the data from the survey could be applicable to more than 50% of Africa's population. Countries without current data on blindness and visual impairment, but with similar ecological zones as those found in Nigeria could adapt the Nigerian data for their national planning activities.

A report of the survey can be downloaded here. Here's an up-to-date list of references to the Nigeria Survey articles. It has links to the 3 free articles as well as to PubMed for the 6 subscription articles:

• Prevalence, causes, and risk factors for functional low vision in Nigeria: results from the National Survey of Blindness and Visual Impairment. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2011 Aug 24;52(9):6714-6719. Print 2011. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21775655

• Refractive errors in Nigerian adults: prevalence, types and spectacle coverage. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2011 Jul 23;52(8):5449-56. Print 2011. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21330658

• Quality of life and visual function in Nigeria: findings from the National Survey of Blindness and Visual Impairment. Br J Ophthalmol. 2011 Jul 11. Epub ahead of print http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21746733

• Ecological determinants of blindness in Nigeria: The Nigeria National Blindness and Visual Impairment Survey SAMJ January 2011, Vol. 101, No. 1. http://www.samj.org.za/index.php/samj/article/view/4097

• Outcome of cataract surgery in Nigeria: visual acuity, autorefraction, and optimal intraocular lens powers-results from the Nigeria national survey. Ophthalmology.Volume 118, Issue 4, April 2011, Pages 719-724 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21055820

• Couching in Nigeria: prevalence, risk factors and visual acuity outcomes. Ophthalmic Epidemiol. 2010 Oct;17(5):269-75. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20868252

• Causes of blindness and visual impairment in Nigeria: the Nigeria national blindness and visual impairment survey. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2009 Sep;50(9):4114-20. Epub 2009 Apr 22. http://www.iovs.org/cgi/content/full/50/9/4114

• Prevalence of blindness and visual impairment in Nigeria: the national blindness and visual impairment study. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2009 May;50(5):2033-9. Epub 2008 Dec 30. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19117917.

• The Nigerian national blindness and visual impairment survey: rationale, objectives and detailed methodology. BMC Ophthalmol 2008 Sep 22;8:17. http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2415/8/17.

28 September, 2011

Enquête nationale sur la cécité et la déficience visuelle au Nigeria 2005 - 2007

Enquête nationale sur la cécité et la déficience visuelle au Nigeria 2005 - 2007

Puisque nous nous préparons à célébrer la Journée mondiale de la vue 2011 ce mois d'octobre, il serrait peut-être propice d'attirer notre attention sur l'enquête nationale sur la cécité et la déficience visuelle au Nigeria 2005 - 2007.

Ce qui rend cette enquête unique, c'est que en plus de fournir une mise à jour compréhensive des données que les professionnels des soins oculaires et les décideurs pourraient utiliser pour planifier la prestation des services de soins oculaires au Nigeria, les cinq zones écologiques du Nigeria qui ont étés enquêtées sont partagées par 19 autres pays avec une population totale de 345 millions d'habitants en Afrique occidentale et centrale.

Il est probable que les données de l'enquête pourraient être applicables à plus de 50% de la population africaine. Les pays sans données actuelles sur la cécité et la déficience visuelle, mais avec des zones écologiques similaires à ceux trouvés au Nigeria pourrait adapter les données du Nigeria pour leurs activités de planification nationale.

Un rapport de l'enquête peut être téléchargé ici.

Voici une mise à jour de la liste des articles publiés suite a l'enquête du Nigeria. Il a des liens vers 3 articles gratuits ainsi que des liens PubMed pour les 6 articles nécessitant un abonnement:

• Prevalence, causes, and risk factors for functional low vision in Nigeria: results from the National Survey of Blindness and Visual Impairment. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2011 Aug 24;52(9):6714-6719. Print 2011. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21775655

• Refractive errors in Nigerian adults: prevalence, types and spectacle coverage. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2011 Jul 23;52(8):5449-56. Print 2011. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21330658

• Quality of life and visual function in Nigeria: findings from the National Survey of Blindness and Visual Impairment. Br J Ophthalmol. 2011 Jul 11. Epub ahead of print http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21746733

• Ecological determinants of blindness in Nigeria: The Nigeria National Blindness and Visual Impairment Survey SAMJ January 2011, Vol. 101, No. 1. http://www.samj.org.za/index.php/samj/article/view/4097

• Outcome of cataract surgery in Nigeria: visual acuity, autorefraction, and optimal intraocular lens powers-results from the Nigeria national survey. Ophthalmology.Volume 118, Issue 4, April 2011, Pages 719-724 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21055820

• Couching in Nigeria: prevalence, risk factors and visual acuity outcomes. Ophthalmic Epidemiol. 2010 Oct;17(5):269-75. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20868252

• Causes of blindness and visual impairment in Nigeria: the Nigeria national blindness and visual impairment survey. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2009 Sep;50(9):4114-20. Epub 2009 Apr 22. http://www.iovs.org/cgi/content/full/50/9/4114

• Prevalence of blindness and visual impairment in Nigeria: the national blindness and visual impairment study. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2009 May;50(5):2033-9. Epub 2008 Dec 30. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19117917.

• The Nigerian national blindness and visual impairment survey: rationale, objectives and detailed methodology. BMC Ophthalmol 2008 Sep 22;8:17. http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2415/8/17.

28 September, 2011

Africa Glaucoma Summit - a year later

There have been no dull moments - all hail the communication revolution. Today marks one year since the Africa Glaucoma Summit in Accra. This unique meeting, which was sponsored by the World Glaucoma Association, brought together 222 ophthalmologists to discuss the challenges and possible solutions of the Glaucoma problem in Africa. Eight relevant topics were picked and thoroughly discussed. Committees were then nominated with a specific role to work on the action plans with achievable results. The complete report of the discussions is available at www.worldglaucoma.org.    Dr Dan Kiage was appointed to coordinate Topic # 7 – How to establish permanent, viable direct Communication Routes with our African Colleagues. A list serve in the yahoo group known as glaucomaafrica was established and we are glad to report that there has been very vibrant exchange of information in this forum. Several articles, challenging cases, links to useful information, some pearls in glaucoma management has been shared that have had a great impact on the group. Our colleagues from North America have in particular been relentless in sourcing for and sharing information that has improved the way we work. Currently there are 37 signed up members and so far we have had 67 communications in the forum. We are appeal for more members to join the forum and share their experiences, interesting articles and challenging questions to the group for discussion and possible solutions. We also look forward to hear more progress report from the other topic coordinators too.

12 August, 2011

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