GA 2020 is one of the most significant global eye health events of 2020, bringing together all professionals involved in global eye health, blindness prevention and sustainable development.

What you will learn

The Programme features 3 streams; Excellence, Sustainability & the Western Pacific.

Delegates can expect an inspiring, diverse, high quality programme featuring internationally recognised speakers, facilitators and experts. Workshops, Rapid Fire presentations, Poster displays, the Film Festival and PitchNOW give endless opportunities to connect, engage and mobilise the international eye health community to shape the future of eye care.

Programme Overview

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Programme Stream

Excellence
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VLEG 2020 Data, Projections & Trends & Vision Atlas Launch
Convenor: Rupert Bourne
  • Sessions
  • Excellence
Uncorrected Refractive Errors
Convenor: Sandra Block
  • Excellence

This session explores the social impact and considers approaches to address the most common cause of distance and near vision impairment, uncorrected refractive error.

The role of Low Vision Services in Inclusive Eye Health
Convenor: Babar Qureshi
  • Sponsored Sessions
  • Excellence
  • Session sponsored by CBM

This session will provide participants with clear strategies and practical steps of how to integrate low vision services into eye health programmes. This will improve access to services and empower people with permanent vision loss to access wider opportunities.

Session sponsored by CBM

Themes
  • Accessibility
  • Equity
Child Blindness Initiative
Convenor: Victoria M Sheffield
  • Sponsored Sessions
  • Excellence
  • Session sponsored by International Eye Foundation

Hear from global eye health leaders on unique projects supported by USAID’s CBP and how you can apply for a grant.

Session sponsored by International Eye Foundation and Integrative Sciences, LLC.

Themes
  • Accessibility
  • Diversity
  • Partnerships
Glaucoma: Break the silence – tackling the thief of sight together!
Convenor: Jess Blijkers
  • Sponsored Sessions
  • Excellence

How can we avoid people losing their sight irreversibly due to Glaucoma? The challenge is certainly immense, but solutions exist!

Themes
  • Accessibility
  • Equity
  • Partnerships
Celebrating Achievements in Trachoma & Onchocerciasis Programmes
Convenor: TBC
  • Excellence

Significant progress towards the elimination of Trachoma & Onchocerciasis has been made over the last 20 years. The achievements will be celebrated, gaps identified and challenges for the future will be discussed. Lessons will be shared that may be applicable to other areas of eye care.

Access to Drugs, Medical Devices & Vision Treatment
Convenor: Alan Robin
  • Excellence

This session in an opportunity to discuss challenges and opportunities in providing access to medical devices such as low vision aids, imaging and diagnostics, and drugs for treatment of chronic conditions such as glaucoma or CNV. New technologies and innovatives approaches will be indeed of particular interest to participants.

Everyone’s talking about Integrated Health Care – but what is it? Come find out.
Convenor: Heather Machin
  • Excellence

We all talk about the need for eye care to integrate into general health care, but what does that actually mean, and what does that look like for those on the ground developing their services and systems? This session will provide delegates with the foundation blocks, they need, in order to consider how they may integrate eye care into general healthcare. The session will outline how eye care can support and leverage from other areas of health service, and vice versa. It will encourage, that by working in partnership, and leveraging from other areas of healthcare, we can maximise resources. Ultimately, it will demonstrate that by taking a coordinated, holistic, person-centric approach to our work, we can support a person’s healthcare needs at the multiple entry and exit points to services, throughout the duration of a person’s life.

Themes
  • Accessibility
  • Advocacy
  • Partnerships
Launch of the Lancet Global Health Commission on Global Eye Health and the Vision Atlas
Convenor: Matthew Burton and Hannah Faal
  • Excellence

The Commission on Global Eye Health will examine the current situation in low, middle and high-income settings, projected burden, the economic case for action, and a range of forward-looking strategies to address global eye health needs over the next 20-30 years. The new version of the Vision Atlas will be launched with the latest data from the Commission, Vision Loss Expert Group, Global Action Plan indicators and the World Report on Vision on a new and improved digital platform.

Don’t let a high risk patient you have seen lose vision!
Convenor: David Friedman
  • Excellence

This session will review which patients are in need of urgent or semi-urgent care and provide guidance on best practices. A range of diseases will be discussed by global experts such as diabetic retinopathy, macular disease, vein and artery occlusions, pediatric cases, and glaucoma. Strategies for successful implementation of care will also be discussed.

Themes
  • Equity
  • Quality
  • Technology
Data – Hassle? Or resource? Building a data-oriented culture inside your organization.
Convenor: Suzanne Gilbert
  • Sponsored Sessions
  • Excellence

Few organizations have well-articulated goals and processes to promote evidence based decision making. Come to this session for time-tested strategies to develop a data-friendly culture.

Themes
  • Accessibility
  • Advocacy
  • Equity
  • Partnerships
  • Technology
Patient Outcomes: When do we call it a success?
Convenor: Ravindran RD
  • Sessions
  • Excellence

We are in the business of restoring sight to our patients. Outcomes are fundamental to this – both to restore sight and spur demand. Learn different dimensions of Patient Outcomes and ways to measure and act on them. Put your organization on a path of continuous improvement and growth.

Themes
  • Equity
  • Quality
  • Technology
Sustainability
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Eye Care Galvanizing Social Change
Convenor: Sumrana Yasmin
  • Sustainability

Let’s develop a greater understanding of the determinants of eye health and social change. Let’s discuss the societal-level factors that influence eye health policies and practices. Let’s be a catalyst for social change.

Themes
  • Advocacy
  • Equity
  • Partnerships
The future of eye care: a WHO perspective – WHO Essential Packages
Convenor: Stuart Keel
  • Sustainability

This session will provide an update on the work of WHO to support Member States in the implementation of the recommendations of the World Report on Vision.

Themes
  • Accessibility
  • Equity
  • Partnerships
Gender Equity, Eyes and Sustainable Development
Convenor: TBC
  • Sponsored Sessions
  • Sustainability

This session will consider the impact of achieving gender equity in the eye health sector and the contribution this can make to achieve UEH and the Sustainable Development Goals.

Closing the Vision Care Gap for Good – Partnering for Sustainable Change
Convenor: K-T Overbey
  • Sustainability

How do you transition from providing temporary aid to creating reliable, scalable vision care access for the long term? Find out as OneSight and our partner organizations discuss what has worked, what hasn’t, and what the future holds.

Themes
  • Accessibility
  • Partnerships
  • Technology
PitchNOW
Convenor: Rengaraj Venkatesh and Tin Aung
  • Sustainability

PitchNOW session in style of Technology Shark Tank, focusing on Programme Sustainability and Sustainable Development Practice.

Themes
  • Technology
Doing good and Doing well – making this happen
Convenor: Thulasiraj Ravilla
  • Sustainability

Ongoing eye care to the community, especially to those who can’t afford, doesn’t need to be subject to the vagaries of external donations.  There is a goldmine of untapped fiancial resources within each eye hospital; learn to realize it for the good of your hospital and the community that you serve.

Themes
  • Accessibility
  • Equity
Eye health inclusive UHC – how we can take practical advantage of current policy opportunities
Convenor: Debbie Muirhead
  • Sustainability

How can we as eye health organisations and professionals practically use and contribute to current opportunities in health financing for eye care? Ways eye care is covered, or not, in national health schemes, how services are paid for and who pays what cost can drastically influence who accesses them and their risk of financial hardship – key elements of universal health coverage. Eye care has often been neglected in past health financing for UHC discourse but as we increasingly engage with these issues we will discuss how we can consider them in our organisations and activities including hearing from those influencing and making financing for UHC decisions.

Themes
  • Accessibility
  • Advocacy
  • Equity
Providing for Patients and the Planet: Environmental Sustainability and Eye Health
Convenor: Cassandra Thiel
  • Sustainability

This session is an opportunity to inspire, equip and connect eye health professionals with the know how to consciously design environmentally friendly eye care services that provides excellent patient care and protect the health of the environment.

Themes
  • Accessibility
  • Advocacy
  • Diversity
  • Equity
  • Partnerships
  • Technology
Western Pacific
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Diabetic Retinopathy
Convenor: TBC
  • Western Pacific

This session is an opportunity to prioritise and discuss Public Health opportunities, challenges and perspectives on Diabetic Retinopathy

Myopia – Addressing Tomorrow’s Health Crisis Today
Convenor: Amanda Davis
  • Western Pacific

By 2050 half the word will be myopic with one billion at risk of going blind from high-myopia. How do we use the current evidence to determine the public health interventions required now to prevent this looming crisis?

Themes
  • Advocacy
  • Behaviour change
  • Environment
  • Technology
China 2: TBC
Convenor: TBC
  • Western Pacific
Seeing Beyond Difficult: Maximising best-practice service delivery in the Western Pacific
Convenor: Komal Ram
  • Western Pacific

The session aims to explore how to view difficulties as opportunities to maximise service delivery in the Western Pacific Region.

Themes
  • Accessibility
  • Partnerships
  • Technology
Implementing the World report on vision in the Western Pacific – the ‘what’ and the ‘how’
Convenor: Andreas Mueller
  • Western Pacific

The World report on vision provides a road map for countries to increase the scope and impact of delivering quality eye care. This session will review action priorities and approaches for Asian and Pacific Island countries in the region, offering the opportunity for NGO, industry and academic partners to strengthen engagement and collaboration on the ground.

Themes
  • Advocacy
  • Partnerships
  • Technology
Developing a Principle of Partnership for the Western Pacific Region as one of the foundations of the Beyond 2020 Plan
Convenor: Drew Keys
  • Western Pacific

The Western Pacific: A shared history of eye health partnerships, programmes and platforms. Each partnership has brought significantly improved eye health outcomes to beneficiaries and strengthened the advocacy efforts of IAPB and the global eye health community. Each project has demonstrated in practice the principle of stronger-together. In our Members Showcase we celebrate our unity through diversity.

Themes
  • Diversity
  • Partnerships
China 1: Scaling Up Interventions for Myopia in China
Convenor: Zou Haidong
  • Western Pacific

This session is an opportunity to present the Shanghai model, relevance to the National Refractive Error Program and how it can be widely applied (for example working with Orbis in Ningxia).

Indigenous Eye Health – Close the Gap
Convenor: Jaki Adams-Barton and Judith Abbott
  • Western Pacific

With a focus on Indigenous voices and community perspectives, this session will consider the successes and failures in Indigenous eye health and what is required to ACT NOW and Close the Gap.

How can you improve the quality of eye care in your country? An eye health workforce approach.
Convenor: May Ho
  • Western Pacific

Could development of an appropriate eye health workforce improve eye care in your context? Come and learn about the models of care applied around the Western Pacific region.

Themes
  • Accessibility
  • Advocacy
  • Partnerships