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Board meeting agenda

  • Thursday 21 March 2024
  • Time: 12.00 noon CET
  • Open to board members of the WAEH & invitees by the board
  • Tech: via Zoom

The Netherlands






  • Chair of the WAEH:
    • Brendon Gardner, Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, Australia
  • Cathy Kowalewski, Wilmer Eye Institute – Johns Hopkins Hospital, USA
  • Martin Kuper, Moorfields Eye Hospital, United Kingdom
  • Prof. Nelson, Kellogg Eye Center, USA
  • Jos Hubers, The Rotterdam Eye Hospital, The Netherlands
  • Dr. Abdulaziz AlRajhi, King Khaled Eye Specialist Hospital, Riyaad
  • Sten Kjellström, St. Erik Eye Hospital, Stockholm
  • Dr. Tjahjono, Jakarta Eye Center, Jakarta, Indonesia
  • Li Li, Aier Eye Hospital Group, China
  • Prof. Aung Tin, Singapore
  • Lim Hou-Boon, Singapore National Eye Centre, Singapore
  • Rodrigo Hasegawa, Hoftalon Eye Hospital, Brasil
  • Wim Oosterom – external WAEH advisor to the board

Board Members Emeritus

  • Charity Wai, Singapore National Eye Centre, Singapore
  • Dato Kula, THONEH, Malaysia

Organized by

  • Maaike van Zuilen, WAEH


Agenda itemByContent
1. Welcome
2. WAEH Annual Meeting
Update by Maaike van Zuilen
      1. Thursday November 7 – Board Dinner
      2. Friday November 8 – Board meeting, Innovative Visit, Reception, Welcoming Dinner
      3. Saturday November 9 – Sunday November 10
        1. Main meeting agenda, Gala dinner, Hospital, and Aier HQ visit
      4. Monday November 11
        1. City tour in Changsha and transfer to Shanghai
      5. Tuesday November 12
        1. Visit to the public eye hospital in Shanghai and workshop, City tour in Shanghai

    • Budget overview provided by Aier

    •  Sponsoring
      1. WAEH Sponsor advice
3. Member acquisition
Update by Maaike van Zuilen
  • Conversations in Q1 – 2024
    • Kazachstan
    • China
    • India
    • Applications have not come in yet
  • Update from members regarding membership
    • Francis Hiddema has met with Dr. Vinay from the Suraj Institute
      • Stated that they will start paying their invoices again
    • Aravind stated that they are very pleased to stay on as member and will pay the invoices
    • Update from Cao Thang Eye Hospital: previous CEO has now joined the MSG group of eye hospitals in Ho Chi Minh City.  The group is in the process of acquiring Cao Thang Eye Hospital and the closing is expected within days or weeks perhaps. They would like to continue with membership. Request: Can we please change the name of the registration from Cao Thang Eye Hospital to Medical Saigon Group, or perhaps start another account?  We have a very professional team here and I think you can expect good participation.
  • Update new members
    • Proposal coming from meeting with Brendon:
      • Board Buddies for New Members

  • Proposal structure board buddies
    Full members

    • He Eye Specialist Hospital Group, China
      • dr. Abdulaziz bin Ibrahim AlRajhi
    • Opty Eye Hospital Chain, Brasil
      • Martin Kuper
    • Sunderland Eye Infirmary, United Kingdom
      • Rodrigo Hasegawa
    • Beirut Eye & ENT Specialist Hospital, Libanon
      • Cathy Kowalewski
    • Hôpital Fondation Adolphe de Rothschild, France
      • Mr. Brendon Gardner
    • LV Prasad Eye Institute, India
      • Professor Christine Nelson
    • Al-Shifa Trust Eye Hospital, Pakistan
      • Prof. Aung Tin

    Associate members:

    • Prima Medical Center Saigon, Vietnam
      • Dr. Tjahjono
    •  Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Services, Australia
      • Sten Kjellström

  • 2023 – Q4
      • Tufts University – USA – approached by different people
      • Bedforts Hospital – UK
      • Watborg Eye Services – Ghana
      • Calamba Eye Center – Laguna Philippines
4. WAEH Projects
Update by Maaike van Zuilen
  • 2023 – Three projects started, all have presented during the Annual Meeting. Update per project
    • WAEH 2023 – Assessing Evidence-based Management Practices and variations within WAEH member hospitals. Lead by The Maastricht University Clinic for Ophthalmology and Aravind Eye Care System: Frank van den Biggelaar and Ganesh Babu
      • In progress 
    • WAEH 2023 – Evaluating the Provision of Ophthalmic Nurse Education among WAEH member countries. Lead by Tendai Gwenhure from the Moorfields Eye Hospital.
        • In progress
    • WAEH 2023 – Volunteer to Career. This project was submitted by Moorfields Eye Hospital + Community of Practice Human Resources. Lead by Angela Smith (Moorfields) and Jos Hubers (Rotterdam Eye Hospital).
        • In progress
5. Communities of Practice
Update by Maaike van Zuilen
  • Conversation with The Tear research Network
    1. Approached the WAEH for the WAEH model
    2. Possibility to become a specialized CoP of the WAEH?

  • CoP Cataract
    1. Follow up after webinar December

  • CoP ATMP’s
    1. Dhanes from Moorfields
      • New therapeutics and devices group.
      • Planning hospitals and services for next generation therapeutics and devices in Ophthalmology?
      • Protocol at MEH requires this step

  • Human Resources – will meet four times in 2024
    1. Met last year every 3 months
    2. Last meeting Thursday March 7
      1. 10 eye hospitals, 9 countries participated!
    3. Group is growing
    • Nurses – will meet four times in 2024
      1. February 27th– Research impact on clinical practice 
      2. May 16th– Clinical leaderships (eg clinical innovation and new care pathways)
      3. September 6th– Opthalmic nurse education/professional development 
      4. December 12 – Clinical / specialist role (e.g. Diana’s role in nurse-led cross-linking service)

        >>>  The Board is invited to connect their head nurse to this group (if not done already!)

        6. WAEH Webinars – Update by Maaike van Zuilen
        • Bilateral cateract surgery – December 20
          1. For the implementation manual, please see:
        7. Financial update
        Update by Wim Oosterom
        8. Communication channels of the WAEH
        1. Event website 2024
        2. Agenda has been renewed
        3. Pages have been updated
        9. To be reviewed
        Update by Maaike van Zuilen
        10. 2024
        Update by Maaike van Zuilen
        • Board Meeting Dates
          1. March 21 – 12.00noon CET
          2. June 20 – 12.00noon CEST
          3. September 19 – 12.00noon CEST
          4. 7 November: Board meeting during the Annual Meeting
          5. December 19 – 12.00noon CET