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April 2017
Ico Insight : News, Resources, and Events fort he World’s Ophthalmologists

In Remembrance: Kathleen Miller, ICO Executive Director

Kathleen Miller <br>1947–2017</br> Kathleen Miller
1947–2017

The ICO family mourns the loss of Executive Director Kathy Miller, who passed away on April 20th following a battle with cancer that lasted more than two decades. She died peacefully in her home in San Francisco, surrounded by loved ones.

“Despite the battle she was fighting, Kathy maintained her positive spirit and sense of humor and was a superb leader and role model for the staff,” said ICO Chief Executive Officer Bill Felch.

Kathy began working with the ICO in 2010 as a consultant focusing on education and was named ICO Executive Director in 2012. Among many accomplishments, Kathy played a key role in development of the ICO Teaching the Teachers initiative to improve ophthalmic education and meet the growing need for eye care worldwide.

“I am very, very sorry to hear this sad news,” said ICO President Prof. Hugh Taylor. "It is a great loss of a wonderful woman and friend.”

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations in Kathy’s name be made to the American Cancer Society.

Learn more about Kathy’s life.

First Nonprofit Subspecialty Eye Hospital and Training Institute Opens in Francophone Africa

Cameroon Prime Minister, His Excellency Philemon Yang (left) congratulates Professor Daniel Etya'ale, CEO of MICEI (right) and Dr. Akef El-Maghraby (center), primary donor, at the MICEI Inaugural Ceremony on March 29, 2017. Cameroon Prime Minister, His Excellency Philemon Yang (left) congratulates Professor Daniel Etya'ale, CEO of MICEI (right) and Dr. Akef El-Maghraby (center), primary donor, at the MICEI Inaugural Ceremony on March 29, 2017.

Dedicated to delivering comprehensive, high-quality, and affordable eye care and to training ophthalmologists and allied ophthalmic personnel, the Magrabi-ICO Cameroon Eye Institute (MICEI) in Yaoundé was officially inaugurated on March 29, 2017.

MICEI is the first not-for-profit subspecialty and training eye hospital in the Central Africa Region and offers services––independent of a patient’s ability to pay––for cataract, glaucoma, retina and vitreous surgery, pediatric ophthalmology, cornea, refractive surgery, orbit and oculoplastic surgery, and neuro-ophthalmology.

In conjunction with the University of Yaoundé, MICEI will offer hands-on training to educate the eye care experts of tomorrow for Cameroon and the region. The Institute is equipped with state-of-the-art technology and is operated in accordance with the strictest international standards.

Prime Minister Philemon Yang presided over the inauguration on behalf of the President of Cameroon and recognized the critical contributions of the primary donor, chairman of the Africa Eye Foundation, and leader of the project Dr. Akef El-Maghraby; MICEI Chief Executive Officer Prof. Daniel Etya’ale; and MICEI Medical Director Dr. Henry Nkumbe.

Also participating were government ministers, and representatives from key partners, such as the ICO, CBM, The Fred Hollows Foundation, Latham & Watkins, Lions Club, Orbis, Seeing is Believing, Sightsavers, Thea Foundation, and the University of Yaoundé.

Learn more about MICEI and support its endeavors

Working Together to End Trachoma by 2020

ICO President Hugh Taylor speaking about the impact of trachoma. ICO President Hugh Taylor speaking about the impact of trachoma.

Can we eliminate trachoma by 2020? Cautious optimism was in the air at the April 2017 Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTD) summit in Geneva, Switzerland. Hosted by the World Health Organization (WHO), attendees included Bill Gates, WHO Director-General Margaret Chan, and other leaders in the field, including ICO Board members.

“If we are able to operate on all the patients with trichiasis and prevent them from developing new corneal scarring and blindness, we would end all new cases of blindness from trachoma by 2020,” said ICO President Prof. Hugh Taylor, a featured speaker at the summit.

With this once in a lifetime opportunity to end a major blinding eye disease, the ICO has asked each national ophthalmic society in a country where trachoma is still present to eliminate trichiasis in the next three years by looking at the trichiasis surgery programs in their country and doing whatever they can to mobilize ophthalmologists and harness the necessary resources.

ICO’s Declaration on Trachoma and Trichiasis Surgery

Trachoma affects approximately 150 million people worldwide, and the ICO is dedicated to its eradication. The ICO outlined this commitment in our 2009 Bahrain Declaration on Trachoma and Trichiasis Surgery. The declaration builds on the ICO’s long history of leadership in the prevention of trachomatous blindness: 

  • The organization that became the ICO grew out of actions in 1857 to address the problem of trachoma in Europe. 
  • In 1928, the ICO led international efforts to focus on trachoma around the world. 
  • The ICO is a founding member of the International Agency for Prevention of Blindness. 
  • The ICO is a partner in VISION 2020: The Right to Sight. 
  • ICO President Prof. Hugh Taylor literally wrote the book on trachoma.

WOC2018: By the Numbers

A little more than a year away, the 2018 World Ophthalmology Congress® (WOC2018), June 16–19 in Barcelona, Spain, will offer a compelling scientific program bringing together top specialists from around the world to share their expertise and experience.

Here are some relevant numbers: 

  • 86 ICO Member Societies (46 subspecialty, 36 national and 4 supranational) will participate in the scientific program with 71 sessions. 
  • WOC2018 co-host, the Spanish Society of Implant-Refractive Ocular Surgery, will have 32 sessions over the 4-day Congress. 
  • 132 invited program subspecialty coordinators have organized 110 sessions. 
  • The submitted program will consist of 60 instruction courses, 48 free paper sessions, and another potential 48 poster pod sessions (interactive poster presentations) covering 20 subspecialties and interests. 
  • The WOC Barcelona Film Festival will offer approximately 60 videos. 
  • 28 topics in 7 subspecialties will be discussed over 2 days at the WOC Breakfast Club.

Register now for WOC2018 and reserve your hotel in beautiful Barcelona.

World Glaucoma Association Sponsors ICO Fellowships

The World Glaucoma Association (WGA) has sponsored four ICO Three-Month Fellowships for young ophthalmologists from Sub-Saharan Africa.

The ICO-WGA Fellowships have been awarded to ophthalmologists from Nigeria, South Africa, Cameroon, and Togo. Each fellow is receiving US$6,000 to cover expenses and free registration for the June 28–July 1, 2017 World Glaucoma Congress in Helsinki, Finland. The Fellows will spend their summer training in Finland, with hosts Drs. Tero Kivelä, Helsinki University Central Hospital; Anja Tuulonen, Tampere University Hospital; and Eija Vesti, University of Turku.

Updated: ICO Guide to Effective CPD/CME

The ICO Guide to Effective CPD/CME is a practical resource covering concepts and questions regarding continuing professional development (CPD) and continuing medical education (CME), reinforcing that medical education goes far beyond certification.

The book, updated in March 2017, is presented in a problem-based format and enables the user to navigate easily to sections they find most relevant. The guide covers CPD/CME concepts, the individual’s role in CPD, the educator’s role in CPD, organizational development of CPD, and the regulator’s role in CPD.

Dr. Helena Filipe, Chair of the ICO Continuing Professional Development Committee, presented the ICO Guide to Effective CPD/CME at the November 2016 European CME Forum in Amsterdam.

The Effectiveness of Cataract Surgery in 20 Countries

A study analyzing datasets from 20 countries during the period 2005 and 2013 found that only 53.7% of people needing cataract surgery have actually received surgery, and among those, approximately one-third were still not able to see well after their procedure.

Reported in the March 1 issue of PLOS ONE, “Effective Cataract Surgical Coverage: An Indictor for Measuring Quality-of-Care in the Context of Universal Health Coverage,” by Dr. Jacqueline Ramke and co-authors promotes the use of a new indicator, “effective cataract surgical coverage” (eCSC), which combines data for those who received surgery, known as cataract surgical coverage (CSC), with data on visual acuity outcomes, classified using World Health Organization standards.

Universal Health Coverage (UHC) is at the heart of the United Nation’s goal for health in the Sustainable Development Goals. Both CSC and eCSC are indicators that can meet the rigorous standards expected for UHC monitoring.

ICO Member Spotlight: ARVO

The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) offers valuable training and advocacy resources.

ARVO’s new Research Essentials are a series of online self-paced modules that offer essential training and career development for clinicians, scientists, and students at all career levels. Users gain foundational knowledge, develop next-step skills, and receive a certificate of completion for each module. Learn more about ARVO’s online education.

You also can access ARVO’s free, public-friendly video series Revealing the back of the eye with OCT, which describes how optical coherence tomography (OCT) is impacting patients, policymakers, and the public. Clinicians are encouraged to share the videos with their patients. Learn more about the video series, an Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science OCT special issue, and how to download the real-world impact of OCT advocacy toolkit.

The ARVO Annual Meeting, the largest gathering of vision researchers and clinician-scientists from around the world, will be May 7-11 this year in Baltimore. Be sure to visit ICO Booth #4905 while at the Baltimore Convention Center Exhibit Hall.

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