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His Majesty King Felipe VI of Spain to Serve as Honorary President of WOC2018

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Attend Conference for Educators at 2016 AAO Annual Meeting

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ICO-AAO Co-Sponsored Educational Events

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Date ICO Member Headline Topic Subspecialty Region
September 22, 2016 IAPB #StongerTogether Photo Competition in Honor of World Sight Day
For the second year running, IAPB (International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness) is holding a photo competition that will culminate on World Sight Day, October 13. Professional and amateur photographers alike are encouraged to submit photos with the theme 'Stronger Together' in mind that highlight the diverse world of eye care professionals, patients, and practices across the globe.
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August 31, 2016 Registration Now Open for WOC2018 in Barcelona!
Take advantage of early-bird registration rates––the lowest registration rates available––and register now for the June 16–19, 2018, World Ophthalmology Congress® (WOC2018) in Barcelona, Spain.
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CME/CPD

Education

Eye Care

Leadership

World Ophthalmology Congress

August 25, 2016 New ICO Fellowships: Next Application Deadline September 30
The International Council of Ophthalmology (ICO) is pleased to announce new three-month and six-month fellowship opportunities in retinoblastoma and pathology, oncology, and microbiology. The ICO and our partners currently offer three-month, six-month, and one-year fellowship opportunities. The next application deadline is September 30, 2016.
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Education

Eye Care

Fellowship

August 22, 2016 ICO Updating Data on the Number of Ophthalmologists Worldwide
The number of ophthalmologists in practice and training in each country is a core indicator for monitoring human resources for eye care. Additionally, this indicator was endorsed by World Health Organization (WHO) Member States as one of the key national indicators for monitoring progress in implementing Universal Eye Health: a global action plan 2014–2019. It is critical that we update this data on a regular basis to support eye health advocacy.
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August 15, 2016 World Diabetes Day: November 14
The ICO is soliciting participation in World Diabetes Day on November 14. World Diabetes Day was introduced in 1991 by the International Diabetes Federation and the World Health Organization in response to the alarming rise of diabetes around the world.
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Advocacy/Vision 2020

Diabetic Eye Care

Eye Disease-Diabetic Retinopathy

July 20, 2016 ICO Leaders Address International Concerns at the AAO
By working in partnership with our colleagues across the globe, major change can be affected in patient safety and increasing access to eye care. Join us at these two thought-provoking symposia presented by the AAO:
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Conference/Congress

Eye Care

July 19, 2016 ICO-AAO Co-Sponsored Educational Events
In addition to the Conference for Educators at the AAO annual meeting, the ICO and AAO are co-sponsoring other courses to help educators build upon their skill sets and have an even greater impact on their students:
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Conference/Congress

Education

July 18, 2016 New ICO Fellowships in Retinoblastoma; Pathology, Oncology, and Microbiology
Young ophthalmologists have the opportunity to participate in two exciting new ICO Fellowships that will improve their practical skills and broaden their knowledge in ophthalmology––the application deadline for these and other ICO Fellowships is September 30, 2016.
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Fellowship

Microbiology

Ophthalmic Pathology

Retina and Vitreous

July 15, 2016 Attend Conference for Educators at 2016 AAO Annual Meeting
Gain tangible, valuable teaching skills that you can apply immediately by attending the ICO-AAO co-sponsored Conference for Educators at the October 15–18, 2016, American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) annual meeting in Chicago:
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Conference/Congress

Education

North America

June 19, 2016 ICO Advocates Global Ban on Consumer Fireworks
The ICO has called for a global ban on consumer fireworks. The ICO position paper, which was endorsed by the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) and the International Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus Council (IPOSC), encourages ophthalmologists and national ophthalmology societies to advocate for a ban on consumer fireworks by their governments as a strategy to prevent unnecessary blindness and visual impairment from firework-related injuries.
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Advocacy/Vision 2020

ICO Programs and Initiatives

Eye Trauma and Emergencies

June 16, 2016 ICO Member His Majesty King Felipe VI of Spain to Serve as Honorary President of WOC2018
España is officially the Kingdom of Spain, and His Majesty King Felipe VI of Spain will serve as honorary president of the 2018 World Ophthalmology Congress® (WOC) of the International Council of Ophthalmology, bringing the country’s majestic history to the fore.
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World Ophthalmology Congress

May 16, 2016 ICO Member Societies Extending Reach of ICO Educator Programs
The ICO Conferences for Ophthalmic Educators offer expert instruction, interactive workshops, and group discussion for ophthalmic educators, where they learn about the latest tools and practice techniques of modern education.
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Education

May 6, 2016 ICO Issues Guidelines for Glaucoma Eye Care
The International Council of Ophthalmology (ICO) has published ICO Guidelines for Glaucoma Eye Care. The ICO Guidelines summarize core requirements for the appropriate care of open and closed angle glaucoma and consider low and intermediate to high-resource settings. The Guidelines are available in English, Arabic, Chinese, French, Hindi, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and Turkish.
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Eye Care

Glaucoma

May 6, 2016 ICO Ethical Guidelines Translated into Russian and Spanish
The ICO Ethical Guidelines for Ophthalmologists: Ethical Principles and Professional Standards, which can be adapted and modified by national societies, are intended to present comprehensive guidelines to which practitioners might refer when confronted with professional or ethical dilemmas, and to act as a benchmark by which to judge behavior in professional matters.
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Eye Care Standards, Ethics & Research

ICO Programs and Initiatives

May 1, 2016 Supporting Residency Training Through Distribution of BCSC
The ICO and American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) have partnered to send 125 sets of the AAO Basic and Clinical Sciences Course (BCSC) to ophthalmology residency training programs in low resource countries this year.
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Education

April 24, 2016 APAO 2016 Awards Ceremony Honorees
At the 31st Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology (APAO) Congress in Taipei, Taiwan, March 24–27, the APAO recognized the following ophthalmologists for their exceptional contributions to eye care in the Asia-Pacific region and beyond:
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Leadership

Asia

April 19, 2016 Historic Meeting Sets Groundwork for Standardized Training in Sub-Saharan Africa
The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness and the African Ophthalmology Council convened a meeting March 18–19 in Accra, Ghana, to explore harmonizing a curriculum for ophthalmology training across Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA).
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Education

ICO Programs and Initiatives

Africa

April 13, 2016 WHO Global Strategy on Human Resources for Health
The World Health Organization (WHO) draft document “Global Strategy on Human Resources for Health: Workforce 2030” recognizes that health systems only function successfully when there is universal access to quality health workers.
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Eye Care

April 5, 2016 WOC2016 Travel Grants for ICO Fellows
Eleven travel grants were awarded to former ICO Fellows from regions throughout the world to support their travel to the 2016 World Ophthalmology Congress® in Guadalajara, Mexico. The ICO would like to thank those who donated to this initiative.
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Fellowship

Leadership

World Ophthalmology Congress

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