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Date ICO Member Headline Topic Subspecialty Region
January 22, 2018 ICO Member Firework-related Eye Injuries Study Questionnaire

Eye injuries from fireworks are a recurrent problem, and the European Society of Ophthalmology (SOE) is collecting data to provide a worldwide perspective on firework-related eye injuries.

If you have seen patients with eye injuries from fireworks, please complete this questionnaire, which is available through 28 February 2018. The Netherlands instigated the Firework-related Eye Injuries Study, and the SOE will share final data.

The ICO encourages ophthalmologists and ophthalmology societies to advocate to their national governments for a ban on consumer fireworks as a strategy to prevent unnecessary blindness and visual impairment from firework-related injuries. Read the ICO Position Paper on the Global Ban of Consumer Fireworks.


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April 25, 2018 WHO Announces Continued Official Relations with the ICO

The World Health Organization (WHO) Executive Board confirmed renewal of official relations with the International Council of Ophthalmology on 26 January 2018, and commended the ICO’s continuing dedication to WHO.

The ICO’s official status with WHO is significant: In addition to supporting an agreed upon plan of action, the ICO is the global representative for ophthalmology, and serves as a channel for ICO Member societies to collaboratively communicate information and ideas to WHO.

The ICO––composed of over 160 national, regional, and subspecialty Member societies––is working to lead, stimulate, and support the efforts of ophthalmologic societies, eye departments, and related organizations worldwide to enhance ophthalmic education and eye care.


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April 25, 2018 Magrabi ICO Cameroon Eye Institute Celebrates Historic First Year

Impacting lives across borders, the Magrabi ICO Cameroon Eye Institute (MICEI) in Yaoundé, Cameroon, celebrated the anniversary of the Institute’s 29 March 2017 official commissioning. In its inaugural year, MICEI––the first nonprofit specialty eye hospital and training institute in central Africa––cared for 20,000 new patients and began seeing positive income in May 2017.

“MICEI has seen a spectacular list of achievements,” says ICO President Hugh Taylor. “Not only have they successfully survived their first and most difficult year, they have flourished––providing world-class surgery, treatment, and ophthalmic training.”

The Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) committed US$2 million to MICEI to support 18,000 cataract surgeries over five years. Watch this webinar about the results-based Cameroon Development Impact Bond, which provides upfront financing and repays investors based on successful outcomes. Read about structuring and financing development impact bonds for health.

Learn more about how advocacy can increase monetary support for eye care at the WOC2018 symposium How to Improve Financing for Eye Care.


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