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WSPOS

Issue 1 | Volume 5 | 5 March 2016

MESSAGE FROM THE EDITORS

Welcome to the first WSPOS newsletter of 2016.

2015 was a very busy and successful year for WSPOS and we look forward to building on this success in 2016.

We are well advanced in our preparations for the WSPOS PAEDIATRIC SUB SPECIALTY DAY on Friday 9 September 2016. This will precede the XXXIV Congress of the ESCRS which takes place from 10–14 September 2016 at Bella Center, Copenhagen, Denmark. Further information on this meeting and all of our activities is available at www.wspos .org and we will be providing regular updates in future newsletters.

 We are also busy planning for the 4th WCPOS in India which is due to take place from 1-3 December 2017. 

As you can see from this newsletter, these are exciting times for WSPOS and we will continue to do our best to keep you informed of all the latest developments in the society.

 

 

Ramesh Kekunnaya, MD,FRCS
Chief, Jasti V Ramanamma Children’s Eye Care Center, 
Pediatric Ophthalmology, Strabismus & Neuroophthalmology, 
L.V.Prasad Eye Institute(LVPEI), 
Hyderabad, INDIA.

 

Ken K Nischal MD, FRCOphth 
Director Pediatric Ophthalmology, Strabismus and Adult Motility 
UPMC Eye Center, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, 
Professor of Ophthalmology, University of Pittsburgh 
Pittsburgh PA, USA

 

New Staff Member

We would like to welcome Akhila Acharya who has been appointed Executive Assistant, Administrative Services, with WSPOS. Ms. Acharya's role will involve contacting Bureau members to organize aRc’s and contacting KOGHs to apply for FWAs in collaboration with Lauren Bolling, Research Assistant to Ken Nischal – UPMC

She will also assist in creating content for the WSPOS Digital Newsletter and organise content for the Safilo sponsored programme for International Symposia, co-ordinate development of Consensus statements and assist local organisations of WCPOS IV.

 

 


ADVANCING PAEDIATRIC OPHTHALMOLOGY IN THE EASTERN, CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN AFRICA (ECSA) REGION

Human resource for eye health (HReH) is a key challenge in the ECSA region and remains one of the principal Colleges of Ophthalmology of Eastern, Central and Southern Africa (COECSA) mandates.

The College opted to strategically address and promote specialty areas through specialty groupings referred to as Communities of practice. Paediatric Ophthalmology and strabismus community is a key community in COECSA that brings together the team in the region. This professional association in the community facilitates connections among peers, provides access to knowledge exchange and encouraging skill development, fostering trust and a sense of common purpose, adding value to the professional lives of members, develop quality training and set standards for professional practice in Paediatric ophthalmology. The College is keen on supporting its development.

The members of the community have been instrumental in various key interventions in child eye health and fight against childhood blindness. One in such effort is the 'Seeing is Believing' (SiB) child eye health Programme in East Africa where many children have received key invaluable vision restoring services through various eye hospitals.

The community is pioneering a paediatric cataract oriented ophthalmic surgeons program to help address the backlog in childhood cataracts. Plans are also underway to start a paediatric fellowship and strabismus training program in the region for COECSA.

This is exciting news as it will help manage cost, personnel distribution and mitigate for the HReH agenda. There are limited places for such training in the region necessitating travel abroad where practice licenses, cultural change, sociopolitical limitations and limited hands on training are common. We target a rotation based 'sandwich' training approach utilizing facilities or institutions both local and global. All these endeavors are aimed at revolutionizing the training approaches and practice for paediatric ophthalmologists in the ECSA region that will help to both encourage uptake of the sub-specialty and build expertise in this area.

 

 

RECENT MEETINGS

- LXXIV AIOS ANNUAL CONFERENCE, 2016 KOLKATA
INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM - WSPOS / AIOS SYMPOSIUM :

THE WORLD THROUGH THE INDIAN CHILD'S EYES,
SATURDAY 27 FEBRUARY 2016


 

The WSPOS delagation at the WSPOS / AIOS symposium

 

 

 

At this meeting WSPOS and AIOS presented a session chaired by K. Nischal, USA/UK and K. Gopal, India. Among the topics discussed were Managing Amblyopia, Nystagmus Surgery - A Paradigm shift, Intermittent Exotropia - Should Stereovison Drive Management, Imaging the Palisades of VOGT in Children - Translational Medicine, Practical approach to unexplained visual loss in children and Controversies in IOL implantation in Pediatric Cataract. There was also a WSPOS Video session.


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FUTURE MEETINGS

1) APAO 2016, TAIPEI
WSPOS SYMPOSIUM - ANTERIOR SEGMENT DISORDERS SESSION,

Pediatric Ophthalmology & Strabismus Subspecialty
Saturday, 26th March 2016


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2) MEACO 2016, BAHRAIN
THE WORLD THROUGH THE CHILD’S EYES

Wednesday, 4th May 2016


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3) MEACO 2016, BAHRAIN
The Glaucoma session is not a WSPOS sponsored one.

4th May 2016 : 15:00 - 16:30


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4) IOA 2016, ROTTERDAM
NEURO-OPHTHALMOLOGY DISORDERS

Thursday, 30th of June 2016


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5) APACRS & INASCRS CONGRESS 2016, BALI
PEDIATRIC OPHTHALMOLOGY & STRABISMUS SYMPOSIUM,

Wednesday 27th July


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6) APACRS & INASCRS CONGRESS 2016, BALI
WSPOS MASTERCLASS : PEDIATRIC CATARACT SURGERY

Saturday 30 July 2016


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BARCELONA PRESENTATIONS

We now have videos of  sessions from the recent 3rd WSPOS Congress in Barcelona available for viewing online, kindly sponsored by Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC 

 

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BARCELONA CONGRESS INTERVIEWS

View interviews by David Granet with WCPOS speakers in Barcelona Kindly sponsored by the University of California, San Diego.

 

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Graph showing the ever increasing membership of WSPOS

 

 

 

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