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ISSUE 6 | VOLUME 2 | 27th March 2017

Dear WSPOS Members,

Please ignore the Newsletter you received yesterday; there was some incorrect information on it regarding our "NEW WSPOS STAFF ANNOUNCEMENT ". This has now been rectified.

We are extremely sorry for the inconvenience.

MESSAGE FROM THE EDITORS

Welcome to the second WSPOS newsletter of 2017.

We would like to invite you to participate actively at the WSPOS Paediatric Sub-Specialty Day on 6th October, 2017 in Lisbon, Portugal & at the 4th World Congress of Paediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus in Hyderabad, India, from the 1st - 3rd of December, 2017.

 

 

Dr. Kuheli Bhattacharya has been appointed the Lead of the WSPOS Connectivity Bureau. We are on the lookout for members to join her on our Connectivity Bureau.

 

This newsletter includes the 5th Case of our Global Case Report Quiz in addition to the 5th Edition of our Country in Focus series.

 

We are well advanced in our preparations for the WSPOS Paediatric Sub-Specialty Day in Lisbon, Portugal on 6th October, 2017 & the 4th World Congress of Paediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus (WCPOS IV) which is scheduled to take place from the 1st - 3rd of December, 2017 in Hyderabad, India.

 

Further information on these meetings and on all of our activities are available on our website www.wspos.org. We will also be providing regular updates in future newsletters.

 

As you can see from this newsletter, these are exciting times for WSPOS. If you have any news that you would like included in our next newsletter, please contact us.


We would like to thank you again for your support of WSPOS.

 

 

Dr. Angela Fernandez

Dr. Richard Hertle

Dr. Manca Tekavcic Pompe

MD; COLOMBIA

MD, FAAO, FACS, FAAP; USA

MD, PhD; SLOVENIA

Head Pediatric Ophthalmology & Adult Strabismus Section, Department of Ophthalmology, Central Military Hospital Bogotá; Associate Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology, Pediatric Ophthalmology & Adult Strabismus, Nueva Granada Military University Bogotá; Associate Consultant Ophthalmology Department, Pediatric Ophthalmology and Adult Strabismus, Fundación Santa Fé de Bogotá, Bogotá, Colombia

Chief of Pediatric Ophthalmology, Director, Children's Vision Center Akron Children's Hospital, Locust Street, Akron, OH, USA; Professor, Department of Surgery, College of Medicine, Northeast Ohio Medical College, OH, USA

Assistant Professor in Ophthalmology, University Eye Clinic Ljubljana, Slovenia

 

NEW WSPOS STAFF ANNOUNCEMENT

WSPOS would like to extend a warm welcome to Mr. Daire McCafferty. We have had a change in staffing at the secretariat & would appreciate it if all of you directed your emails to Daire (daire.mccafferty@wspos.org) instead of Ms. Deirdre Canning henceforth. Please note THIS (& not the one listed in the newsletter you received yesterday) is Daire McCafferty’s correct email ID.

 

 

 

NEW WSPOS CHAPTER ANNOUNCEMENT

We are very happy to announce that Azerbaijan has joined us at WSPOS. Azerbaijan is now a WSPOS Chapter with web hosting by us. Click here to view Azerbaijan’s Chapter page

 

 

WSPOS CONNECTIVITY BUREAU

The WSPOS Connectivity Bureau was formed with the goal of having social media aware ophthalmologists communicate important news and educational information on Paediatric Ophthalmology & Strabismus through social media to a global audience.


Dr. Kuheli Bhattacharya has been appointed as the Lead of the WSPOS Connectivity Bureau.

 

Dr. Kuheli Bhattacharya completed her M.B.B.S from Seth Gowardhandas Sunderdas Medical College, and King Edward Memorial Hospital (KEM), Mumbai, India & went on to do her Master in Surgery in Ophthalmology from the Goa Medical College and Goa University. She then passed (with merit) the basic science examination in ophthalmology in addition to the optics and refraction examination in ophthalmology offered by the International Council of Ophthalmology. She went on to pursue 2 Separate Fellowship trainings at PBMA’s HV Desai Eye Hospital at Pune (Fellowship in Phacoemulsification Surgery & a Fellowship in Medical Retina), after which she underwent a Fellowship in Paediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismology at Aravind Eye Hospital, Madurai, followed by an International fellowship in Paediatric Ophthalmology, where she trained under Dr. Brian Campolattaro of the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai, New York. Dr. Kuheli is a very active blogger & has multiple Social media handles in addition to being a Published author & a Fortnightly columnist on Eye Diseases.

 

 

Join the Connectivity Bureau

WSPOS is on the lookout for young social media aware ophthalmologists to be a part of our exclusive, 1st-of-its-kind, WSPOS Connectivity Bureau. Under the guidance of Dr. Kuheli Bhattacharya, who has been appointed to lead the Connectivity Bureau, the Bureau members will be expected to source important news & educational information for WSPOS Social Media, along with driving discussions and case studies online.

 

Potential Duties / Projects of the WSPOS Connectivity Bureau:

• Highlighting the most topical articles for posting via the WSPOS platforms.
• Congress Reporting.
• Conducting Key Opinion Leader Interviews.
• Highlighting the best educational resources for Paediatric Ophthalmologists.
• Posting the Newsletter Global Case Report Quiz on the WSPOS Facebook page & initiate & drive a discussion WRT the same there.

 

We would like our members to send in their nominations with a short bio as an email to wspos@wspos.org no later than Monday, 1st of May, 2017.

 

COUNTRY IN FOCUS

COLOMBIA


Colombia is a Latin American democratic country located in the north western corner of South America. It has coasts both with the Atlantic and the Pacific oceans, and borders with Panama, Venezuela, Brazil, Peru, and Ecuador. It is a tropical country with no seasons but with many different climates. Most of its population has migrated to the main cities, although a significant amount of people still live in faraway rural areas.

 

Demographics:
Births per year : 659.255
Life expectancy at birth : 73.95 years
Percentage of population under 15 years : 28.45% (13.552.637)
Ethnicity : Hispanic
Languages spoken : Spanish

 
Health care system: 
Type : Obligatory Health Plan (contributory and subsidized regime)
Cost to patient to see a primary care doctor / general practitioner : Free
Cost to patient of squint surgery under general anesthesia : Free
Number of Paediatric ophthalmologists: 60 in the country.

 
Major successes encountered in Paediatric Ophthalmology practice:
• Well developed retinopathy of prematurity screening and treatment programme.
• There are tertiary referral center for congenital/paediatric cataract in all the major cities in the country.


Major challenges faced in Paediatric Ophthalmology practice:
• Ambliopia screening is still an important problem in our country. We have a large territory that is not easy to cover.

 

 

SLOVENIA

 

Slovenia, officially the Republic of Slovenia is a nation state in southern Central Europe located at the crossroads of main European cultural and trade routes. It is bordered by Italy to the west, Austria to the north, Hungary to the northeast, Croatia to the south and southeast, and the Adriatic Sea to the southwest. It covers 20,273 square kilometers (7,827 sq mi). The capital and largest city is Ljubljana.

 

Demographics:

Population : 2.062.455 (2014)
Live births per year : 20.641 (2015)
Percentage of population under 15 years old : 14.2% (2011)
Ethnicity : Slovene 83.1%, Serb 2%, Croat 1.8%, Bosniak 1.1%, other or unspecified 12% (2002)
Language : Slovenian
Life expectancy at birth : 78.2 years (2012)


Healthcare system:

Health care is a public service provided through the public health service network. This network also includes, on an equal basis, other institutions, private physicians and other private service providers on the basis of concessions. The compulsory health insurance scheme covers the whole population. Complete coverage of costs is provided for children and schoolchildren. Paediatric ophthalmologists : 7 paediatric ophthalmologists and strabismologists.  

Major successes:

• Well developed retinopathy of prematurity screening and treatment programme.
• University Eye Clinic in Ljubljana is the tertiary referral center for congenital/paediatric cataract also from other countries of former Yugoslavia.
• Excelent national vision screening programme.

 

Major challenges :

• More paediatric ophthalmologists needed.
• No trained orthoptists in Slovenia.

 

GLOBAL CASE REPORT QUIZ

Dr. Fernanda Teixeira Krieger from the Instituto Strabos, São Paulo, Brazil, has kindly sent on the Fifth case presentation. This is the 2nd in a series of Revista de Estrabismo & Oftalmologia Pediátrica (REOP or the Journal of Strabismus & Pediatric Ophthalmology coordinated by the prestigious Prieto-Diaz Institute of Strabismus in Argentina) & WSPOS collaboration cases. The case is about a 46 year old woman who presented with a complaint of diplopia with inward deviation of her right eye. Click here to view the 5th case.

 

 

Dr. Fernanda Teixeira Krieger Graduated from the Faculdade de Medicina de Ribeirão Preto da Universidade de São Paulo (USP) in 1988. Dr. Krieger then went on to pursue her Residency training in Ophthalmology and a Fellowship in Strabismus at Faculdade de Medicina de Ribeirão Preto da Universidade de São Paulo (USP) from 1989 to 1993. She went on to do another Fellowship in Strabismus at Faculdade de Ciências Médicas da Santa Casa de São Paulo, Serviço under Prof. Carlos Souza Dias in 1995, while pursuing her Masters in Ophthalmology at Faculdade de Medicina de Ribeirão Preto da Universidade de São Paulo (USP) from 1994 to 1998, after which Dr. Krieger went on to do her PhD in Ophthalmology at Faculdade de Medicina de Ribeirão Preto da Universidade de São Paulo (USP) from 1998 to 2002. She was the Chief of the Strabismus Service at the Institute of Ophthalmology Tadeu Cvintal from 1995 to 2011 & is currently a Member of the Editorial Board of REOP in addition to being a Member of the Council of Instituto Strabos.

 

We would like our members to select one of the options present at the end of the quiz. Please complete the survey and send it to us no later than Monday 1st of May, 2017.

 

We will compile the responses we receive and include them along with the opinion of a few experts in our next newsletter.

As promised we have compiled our members’ responses received for the fourth case of our series. We are even providing Four Experts’ Opinions for the same. Click here to view.

 

PAST WSPOS MEETINGS

WSPOS had 90-minute sessions at the VI Course of the Asociación Colombiana de Oftalmología Pediatrica y Estrabismo (ACOPE) 2017 & the 75th Platinum Jubilee Annual Conference of the All India Ophthalmological Society (AIOS) 2017 congresses last month. Here are some snapshots of the sessions.

 

ACOPE 2017

 

Clock-wise : (a) All the ACOPE symposium delegates posing in front of the WSPOS Banner (b) Dr. David Granet delivering his talk (c) Drs. Angela Fernandez & David Granet moderating the WSPOS symposium (d) Dr. Giulio Zuccoli delivering his talk.


Click here to view the program.

 

 

AIOS 2017

 

Clock-wise: Drs. Santhan Gopal, Ramesh Kekunnaya, Pradeep Sharma, Monica Samant & Ken Nischal during their talks.


Click here to view the program.

 

 

UPCOMING WSPOS MEETINGS

In addition to gearing up for all our International meetings in 2017, we are well advanced in our preparations for the WSPOS Paediatric Sub-Specialty Day on 6th October, 2017 which precedes the XXXV Congress of the ESCRS at Lisbon, Portugal slated to take place from 7 – 11 October, 2017.

 

 

We are also busy planning for our IV World Congress of Paediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus which is slated to take place in Hyderabad, India, from the 1st - 3rd of December, 2017.

Abstract Submissions & Registrations for WCPOS IV, Hyderabad, India 2017 are open. The WCPOS IV Preliminary Program is also available. Click here to view.

WSPOS has also been invited to conduct symposia at the APACRS 2017, SOE 2017 & PAAO 2017 meetings. We are busy preparing for the above mentioned meetings & will be providing regular updates in future newsletters.

MEMBER SOCIETY MEETINGS

We have received a list of member society meeting updates which are now listed on our website.

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