The Second Eye Health Forum on China-Africa Cooperation

  • 2019-09-26 20:17:04

Host: Blindness Prevention and Treatment Training Base, National Health Commission

Co-organizer: College of Ophthalmology of Eastern Central and Southern Africa (COECSA), African Ophthalmology Council (AOC), Orbis International, He Eye Hospital

Meeting: The Second Eye Health Forum on Development in China and –Africa Cooperation 2019

Time: Thursday, August 20, 2019 13:30-18: 00

Venue: Kigali Convention Centre, Kigali, Rwanda.

Purpose: to explore in depth how to integrate multiple resources to promote blindness prevention in Africa, and what strategies should be adopted to continuously improve the overall service capacity of eye health in African countries.

Background: At The Second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation held in Beijing in April 2019, Chinese President Xi Jinping stressed once again "we should devote ourselves to strengthening international cooperation, to create more development opportunities and space for developing countries to help them lift themselves out of poverty and achieve sustainable development." Africa is an important partner under China's "Belt and Road Initiative" development strategy. The cooperation on eye health between China and Africa is still in its infancy. The forum held in Beijing in August 2018, is the first formal dialogue between China and Africa on eye care.

After the forum, the Blindness Prevention and Treatment Training Base, National Health Commission begun to cooperate with Nigeria, Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia, Rwanda and other countries to promote China's model of prevention and treatment of blindness to African countries one after another. Let the artificial intelligence medical system combined with the anti-blindness model analyzed by big data take root in Africa.

Chair of the event:

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He Wei

President and founder of He Eye Hospital

Member of the Board of Directors of the International Council of Ophthalmology (ICO)

Co-chair:

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Hu Xiang

Director,  Medical Administration, National Health Commission

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Kgao Legodi

Vice President of the International Council of Ophthalmology (ICO)

President of African Ophthalmology Council (AOC)

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John Nkurikiye

President of Rwanda International Institute of Ophthalmology

Speakers and guests of honor:

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Daniel Etya’ale

(ICO) Lifetime Honorary member of International Council of Ophthalmology

Lifetime member of the International Federation of Ophthalmological Societies

CEO & Co-founder, Cameroon Eye Clinic

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Ciku Mathenge

Member of the Board of Directors of International Council of Ophthalmology (ICO).

Director, Rwanda International Institute of Ophthalmology

Research project lead, College of Ophthalmology of Eastern Central and Southern Africa

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Kunle Hassan

Former President of African Ophthalmology Council

CEO, Eye Foundation Hospital

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Alemayehu Sisay

Director, Orbis International (Ethiopia)

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Lucia Nadaf

Director, Orbis International (Zambia)

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Nathan Congdon

Professor, Queen's University Belfast

Global R&D Advisor, Orbis International

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Stanley Bubikire

Assistant director of disabled & Eye Health, Ministry of Health, Uganda

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Deon Minnies

Director, Community Eye Health Institute, University of Cape Town, South Africa

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Davide Maddalozzo

Director of Marketing, Adaptica, Italy

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Ganone Tedang

Director of Ophthalmology, China-Chad Friendship Hospital

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Sidi Cheikh

Director, Mauritania Ophthalmology Center


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