10GA: Mark World Health Day with a Discount

IAPB’s 10th General Assembly, the premier global event discussing clinical and public health issues related to blindness and vision impairment, is marking ‘World Health Day’, with a discount for its African delegates.

Immediate Release: The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB), in partnership with the Brien Holden Vision Institute, is bringing its 10th General Assembly to Durban, South Africa in October 2016.

To celebrate World Health Day (7 April 2016), IAPB announced a special discounted price of USD 260 (down from USD 300) for its African delegates. From 7 April 2016 onwards, eye care professionals working in the Africa region can quote the registration code: #StrongerTogether when they register and become eligible for the discount. The discount is live till 13 May 2016 and South African delegates can also register by invoice for a Rand price.

10GA’s theme is “Stronger Together”. It is no secret that cross-sectoral collaborations within the eye health sector is one of our biggest strengths—and IAPB is at the heart of it all. It is only fitting then, that the 10GA Scientific Programme reflects the diversity of the sector. Indeed, the programme has CPD courses for South African optometrists and other eye health professionals from the region, along with courses that look into eye care management, therapeutics and training. CPD courses for SA optometrists in the programme are offered in partnership with the South Africa Optometry Association and accredited by the University of KwaZulu-Natal. With more than 30 courses, presented by a phalanx of African and international experts, the 10GA is a ‘must-attend’ event.

The Brien Holden Vision Institute and IAPB have worked together to bring specialist speakers and present the latest research on vision impairment to the participants.

“New research indicates that 5 billion people will be myopic by the year 2050, with 1 billion being highly myopic and at risk of vision impairment and blindness. This is a trend whose reversal optometry needs to contribute to” says Kovin Naidoo, CEO, Brien Holden Vision Institute and IAPB Africa Chairperson. “The 10GA is a great opportunity for us to take stock and take a measure of where we stand—both locally and globally. I do hope the optometry community will respond to our call in full strength”.

“We are delighted with the overwhelming support we are receiving from South Africa, both from the eye care community and wider society”, said Joanna Conlon, Director of Development, IAPB. “we do hope this special discounted price will motivate SA professionals to participate in larger numbers.”

To find out more, please visit: http://10ga.iapb.org

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