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The 2013 Caribbean Regional V2020 Committees Meeting was held at the Pegasus Hotel, Kingston, Jamaica on 3rd and 4th December. The proceedings were chaired by Arvel Grant, Chief Executive Officer of CCB-Eye Care Caribbean. The meeting provided a platform for sharing, learning and networking between V2020 Committees and persons involved in eye health and paid particular attention to Diabetic Retinopathy – one of the most prevalent causes of blindness in the Caribbean. The meeting also provided an opportunity for delegates to become familiar with the World Health Organization’s global eye health action plan 2014–2019 ‘Towards Universal Eye Health’ - http://www.who.int/blindness/actionplan/en/ Participants included delegates from 12 Caribbean countries (Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago), who were joined by representatives from the following organisations: - International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) - Pan-American Health Organisation (PAHO) - The Caribbean Council for the Blind—Eye Care Caribbean Sightsavers - Orbis International - The Sussex Eye Hospital, UK - The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust - Brien Holden Vision Institute The Meeting was implemented with the technical and financial support of the Caribbean Council for the Blind (CCB), The European Union (EU), Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and Sightsavers.
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    A meeting implemented with the technical and financial support of    Caribbean Council For The Blind & Visually Impaired -  Blackburn Building -  Holberton -  Angua - Barbuda -  W.I   Tel: 1 268   736 7401 -  4 — e - mail: v2020@eyecarecaribbean.com — www.eyecarecaribbean.com   “Prevenng blindness and visual impairment; While restoring sight and creang opportunies for persons whose sight cannot be restored” Report on the 2013 Annual Meeting of Vision 2020 Committees -  Representatives for the Caribbean  2   The 2013 Caribbean Regional V2020 Commiees Meeng was held at the Pegasus Hotel, Kingston, Jamaica on 3 rd  and 4 th  December. The proceedings were chaired by Arvel Grant, Chief Execuve Ocer of CCB - Eye Care Caribbean. The meeng provided a plaorm for sharing, learning and networking between V2020 Commiees and persons involved in eye health and paid parcular aenon to Diabec Renopathy – one of the most prevalent causes of blindness in the Caribbean. The meeng also provided an opportunity for delegates to become familiar with the World Health Organizaon’s global eye health acon plan 2014–2019 ‘ Towards Universal Eye Health’    -  hp://www.who.int/blindness/aconplan/en/   Parcipants included delegates from 12 Caribbean countries (Angua and Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Guyana, Hai, Jamaica, St. Kis and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago), who were joined by representaves from the following organisaons:    Internaonal Agency for the Prevenon of Blindness (IAPB)    Pan - American Health Organisaon (PAHO)    The Caribbean Council for the Blind—Eye Care Caribbean    Sightsavers    Orbis Internaonal  The Sussex Eye Hospital, UK    The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust  Brien Holden Vision Instute The Meeng was implemented with the technical and nancial support of the Caribbean Council for the Blind (CCB), The European Union (EU), Pan American Health Organizaon (PAHO) and Sightsavers.   MEETING HIGHLIGHTS   Keynote Address:   In his keynote address, the Chief Medical Ocer in the Jamaica Ministry of Health, Dr Kevin Harvey , said that the Jamaican Government is commied to the eliminaon of avoidable blindness by the year 2020, through delivery of the highest quality of health care to its cizens. Dr Harvey stated that the Government is ‘  pleased to have partnered with Vision 2020 through the Southern Regional Health  Authority to service a catchment of over 600,000 persons by delivering quality eye care in that region. ’ Dr. Kevin Harvey, Chief Medical Ocer, Jamaica Ministry of Health delivers the keynote address    3   The Status of V2020: The Right to Sight in the Caribbean   Towards Universal Eye Health   Dr Louis Pizzarello , Chair of the North American Region of the Internaonal Agency for the Prevenon of Blindness (IAPB), discussed IAPB’s World Sight Day 2013 Report, also nong that in May 2013 ‘ Towards Universal Eye Health: A Global Acon Plan 2014 - 2019 ’ was adopted by Member States of the World Health Assembly. By doing so 194 countries acknowledged the importance of Universal Eye Health and have commied to reducing the prevalence of avoidable visual impairment and securing access to rehabilitaon services for the visually impaired. Dr Pizzarello reminded parcipants that there are currently 285 million people with visual impairment around the world, with 4 out of every 5 cases avoidable.   Dr. Juan Carlos Silva , Regional Advisor -  Visual Health PAHO, reminded parcipants of the objecves of the Strategic Framework for V2020: The Right to Sight (Caribbean Region) and also went into greater detail on the contents of the Global Acon Plan (2014 – 2019), advising parcipants on acons that can be taken to help achieve its objecves. Philip Hand , Sightsavers Programme Manager (Caribbean) discussed the impact of the European Union funded project ‘ Delivering V2020 in the Caribbean ’ in the eye health related areas of organisaonal development, human resource and infrastructure development and public awareness. In addion to developing eye health facilies in Angua, Guyana, Hai, Jamaica and St Lucia, the project also supports training for primary health care workers, low vision personnel, refraconists, optometrists, ophthalmologists, maintenance technicians, spectacle dispensing technicians - clerks and spectacle lab technicians.   Lab Technician training   Delegates had the opportunity to provide an update on eye health services in their country. This is an overview of some of their achievements, challenges and plans:   ANTIGUA  – Opened three community vision centres in Claire Hall, Grays Farm and Johnsons Point (health centres) and plan to open several more; Situaon Analysis of Diabec Renopathy Services undertaken in 2013; Limited naonal data available on surgical outputs.   BARBADOS   -  Currently draing an Eye Care Policy and Strategy; Public sector Diabec Renopathy screening service to commence in 2013; No low vision services available in the public sector.   BELIZE -  Situaonal Analysis of Blind & Visually Impaired Children in Belize published by UNICEF; Naonal Diabec Renopathy Screening and Treatment Program starng; Lack of inclusion of eye health in MOH’s plans and policies   DOMINICA  – New equipment available including Diode Laser Unit and Digital Camera; Dominica Government raed the United Naon Convenon of the Rights of  4   Persons with Disabilies; Government nancial support required for eye health, parcularly human resource and infrastructure development. GUYANA -  Guyana Eye Care Strategic Framework (2013 - 2020) approved by Ministry of Health and included in the Naonal Health Plan; Connued strengthening of public sector screening and treatment for glaucoma; Need to increase numbers of eye health professionals and source funds for diabec renopathy screening and treatment programme.   HAITI  – Eye clinics of two public hospitals equipped (Eliziar Germain & St Nicholas); CNPC working with Orbis to deliver and further develop an eecve surgical programme model; Working with Government to include eye health indicators in the Naonal Health Plan.   JAMAICA  – No Naonal eye health data made available; Mandeville Regional Hospital facility update shows decrease in number of persons vising clinic and number of surgeries in 2013; Mandeville plans include opening new operang theatre for eye health and development of DR screening and treatment programme. ST KITTS & NEVIS -  Improvement in school screening programme and acquision of equipment, including a fundus camera, B - scan and indirect ophthalmoscope; No public sector refracve error programme; Plans to nalise Strategic Framework, policies and other guidelines for the Ophthalmic Unit.   ST LUCIA -  World Glaucoma Day, World Sight Day and White Cane Day celebrated and used to sensize the populaon; Selecve Laser Trabeculoplasty Study in its nal stages; Plans to develop operang theatre at Victoria Hospital and undertake Diabec Renopathy services situaon analysis.   SURINAME  – Strong central ophthalmology department providing a high standard of eye care, ulising outreach for naonal coverage; Sub - specializaons available including Paediatric ophthalmology, Vitreo - renal and Glaucoma; Plans include construcon of new eye hospital and further involvement in scienc research.   TRINIDAD & TOBAGO -  DM Ophthalmology and ophthalmic nurses training ongoing; Cataract surgery waing lists reducing; Plans to introduce DR screening programme and undertake Naonal Eye Survey.   C h o o s i n  g  s  p e c t a c l e s  i n  B e l i z e    H a  p  p y  c l i e n t s  i n  H a i t i    W o r l d  S i  g h t  D a y  i n  T r i n i d a d    O u t r e a c h  i n  S u r i n a m e   

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