“Sight for Africa” ——2018 Eye Health Forum on China-Africa Cooperation

 

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 “Sight for Africa”

2018 Eye Health Forum on China-Africa Cooperation

(18 August, Beijing, China)

 

Host: National Health Commission of the People’s Republic of China

 

Co-organizer: ORBIS International, International Council of Ophthalmology(ICO), African Ophthalmology Council(AOC), He Eye Specialists Hospital (HESH),  National Training Base for the Prevention and Treatment of Blindness

 

Title: “Sight for Africa Eye Health Forum on China-Africa Cooperation

Date: 18 August, 2018 (Saturday), 13:30-17:30

Venue: China National Convention Center, Beijing, China (Room 308)

 

Objective: To discuss ways to band together for facing the severe situation of blindness prevention and control in Africa.

 

Background: Africa accounts for 16% of the world's population, but only owns 3% of the world's health workers. According to the latest statistics of the International Association for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) in 2017, sub-Saharan African countries have only 3 ophthalmologists, 1 optometrist and 5 ophthalmologists per million people, far below the World Health Organization’s (WHO) recommended requirements. In terms of cataract surgery rate(CSR), only Botswana’s CSR above 1,000, 12 countries’ between 500 and 1000, and the rest 30 countries’ CSR less than 500.

In 2015, President Xi Jinping placed China-Africa health collaboration as one of the top 10 priorities between China and Africa on Johannesburg Summit Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC). During the Ministerial Forum of China-Africa Health Development in 2017, a joint declaration emphasized that China would bring the commitment into action to enhance the accessibility of health care in Africa.    

Africa has been the most important partner of China’s “The Belt and Road” national strategy. China started to build Silk Road of Health Cooperation since 2016. The Health Cooperation aims to improve people’s health condition in countries alongside The Belt and Road by establishing innovative cooperation mode, promoting practical cooperation, etc.

 

Meeting Content 

Content

Time

Speaker

Guests Reception

Venue: Outdoor corridor of Room 308 (CNCC)

13:00-13:30

Host: Wei He

Co-Host: MOH representative, Bob Ranck, Kgao Legodi

Opening remarks

13:30-13:45

George Smith

Kgao Legodi

MOH representative

IAPB: Global Challenge of Prevention and Treatment of Blindness

13:45-14:00

Janos Nemeth

Strategies and Progress of Prevention and Treatment of Blindness in China

14:00-14:15

MOH representative

Current Situation of Eye Diseases and Eye Health Workers in Africa

14:15-14:30

Aaron Magava

Strategies in Africa of ORBIS International

14:30-14:45

Bob Ranck

AOC’s Role in Prevention and Treatment of Blindness in Africa

14:45-15:00

Kgao Legodi

Tea Break

15:00-15:30

From Rwanda to China and beyond, Helping the World to See Clearly

15:30-15:45

Jennifer Chen

The Political Economy of Eye Health and its Impact on the Prevention of Blindness

15:45-16:00

Kunle Hassan 

Opportunities for Eye Programme Development in Sub-Saharan Africa

16:00-16:15

Deon Minnies

Innovative Mode in Blindness Prevention in China & National Training Base for the Prevention and Treatment of Blindness of China

16:15-16:30

Wei He

Demonstration of Wise Medical Equipment

16:30-16:45

Sabrina Duquesnoy,

Mohammed Abdulmalek Mused

Current Situation and Challenge in Ethiopia

16:45-16:55

Daniel Burssa

Current Situation and Challenge in Rwanda

16:55-17:05

Ciku Mathenge

Group Discussion

17:05-17:25

Conclusion

17:25-17:30

Wei He

Gala Dinner (Culture night)

18:00-20:30

Bai’s Home Courtyard

 

19 August (Sunday)

Field Visit in Shenyang: National Training Base for the Prevention and Treatment of Blindness, China Eye Industry Base

Content

Time

Location

Flight Beijing to Shenyang CA1651

8:50-10:20

Airport

Visit National Training Base for the Prevention and Treatment of Blindness

11:30-12:00

National Training Base for the Prevention and Treatment of Blindness

Visit China Eye Industry Base

12:00-12:20

China Eye Industry Base

Lunch

12:40-13:40

Huaxia Nationalities Village

Visit He Eye Specialists Hospital

14:40-15:10

He Eye Specialists Hospital

 “Sight for Africa” Workshop

15:10-16:10

He Eye Specialists Hospital

Check in

16:40-17:00

Liaoning Friendship Hotel

Reception of Shenyang Health and Family Planning Commission Officers and Signing of MOU

17:30-18:30

Liaoning Friendship Hotel-2F Meeting Room

 

Chairman

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Wei He

ICO Board Member

Member of the Eye Health Committee

Founder and President of He Eye Specialists Hospital (HESH)

President of He University

 
Co-chairs

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Bob Ranck

CEO of Orbis International

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Kgao Legodi

Vice President of ICO
President of AOC

 

Guests

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George Smith

Director of the North Asia, Orbis International

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János Németh

Regional Chair for IAPB Europe
Director of the Department of Ophthalmology, Semmelweis University

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Aaron Magava

Regional Chair for IAPB Europe
Director of the Department of Ophthalmology, Semmelweis University

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Kunle Hassan

Former President of AOC

Founder of Eye Foundation Hospital Group

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Ciku Mathenge 

ICO Board Member

Co-founder of Rwanda International Institute of Ophthalmology

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Michael Gyasi

President of the Ophthalmological Society of Ghana

United Nations Examining Ophthalmologist for Ghana

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Fitsum Gezahgn

President of Ethiopian Society of Ophthalmology

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Ibrahim Matende

Vice President of Africa Ophthalmological Council (AOC)

President of College of Ophthalmologist for Eastern, Central and Southern Africa

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Deon Minnies

Director of the Community Eye Health Institute, University of Cape Town

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Matthew Young

President of the Ophthalmological Society of South Africa

Founder Director and Vitreoretinal Surgeon, Durban Retinal Associates INC

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Jennifer Chen

Asia Lead of Clearly

Director of Philanthropic Engagement at Legacy Advisors 

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Xiangdong He
CEO of He Vision Group
President of He University

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Guohua Zhao
President of Delos Foundation

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