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WAEH – Deadline Projects January 2023

2023-03-25 12:58:10

REMINDER: Call for Projects

Interested in funding for a project? The WAEH can finance two to three projects per year with 7.500,- euro. You can use the following WAEH project format to send in your project proposal: WAEH project proposal.

Round 1 – Deadline 31 January 2023
– Incoming proposals reviewed by board in February / March board meeting
– All proposals need to be sent in using the standard WAEH project format

Round 2 – Deadline 31 July 2023 
– Incoming proposals reviewed by board in August / September board meeting
– All proposals need to be sent in using the standard WAEH project format

Send your project proposal to Maaike van Zuilen: Maaike.vanzuilen@waeh.org

Communities of Practice Human Resources

Register now for the Community of Practice – Human Resources! Once every three months, this group meets to discuss topics such as Handholding – From Volunteer to Career, Employment model(s) in ophthalmology, Task differentiation and Burn out prevention. The group will share best practices and learn from each other. We will meet via Zoom every three months. 

  • Thursday January 26 – took already place
  • Thursday April 20 – 13.00 CEST
  • Thursday July 13 – 13.00 CEST
  • During the WAEH 17th Annual Meeting October
  • Thursday December 7 – 13.00 CET

Want to join? Register here!

Communities of Practice for Nurses

Want to know more about education for nurses? For all nurses working in eye hospitals worldwide! Please join our Community of Practice for Nurses on:

  • Thursday February 9 – 01.00 PM CET
  • Saturday May 20 – 02.00 PM CEST
  • During the WAEH 17th Annual Meeting October
  • Thursday December 14 – 01.00 PM CET

Want to join? Register here!

The Rotterdam Eye Hospital

From the researcher’s point of view

PhD student Ionela Popescu-Giovanitsas is working at Rotterdam Ophthalmological Institute (ROI) to conduct scientific research on the eye disease Glaucoma. With the results of the research, she hopes (together with her team) to improve glaucoma surgery.

Glaucoma is a common, chronic eye condition. Early detection and timely treatment can prevent vision loss. Ionela explains, “There is still much unclear about the eye disease Glaucoma. For example, we don’t know exactly how this eye condition is caused. But we do know that the optic nerve is affected. There are a number of risk factors such as old age, high minus or plus glasses, glaucoma in the family or increased eye pressure. Of this list, eye pressure is the only factor we can treat. The first treatment glaucoma patients receive is medication in the form of eye drops to lower eye pressure. If this does not work, we go to the next step: laser treatment. If we can’t lower the eye pressure enough with this either, the patient is considered for surgery. During this surgery, the patient receives an implant that drains fluid that lowers the eye pressure. This prevents further deterioration of the patient’s visual field and visual acuity.” […]

Want to know more about the researcher’s point of view? Read more here. (In Dutch)

Wilmer Eye Institute John Hopkins Medicine

Patient Perspective: Retinal Detachment

J. Myers is a realtor in the Washington, D.C., area. He had a vitrectomy for retinal detachment performed by Adrienne Scott, M.D., in November 2021. In this Q&A, Myers speaks about his experience, while Scott provides her perspective and explains why certain things occur during the process.

What symptoms were you experiencing prior to seeing a doctor? How did you know there was an issue?

Myers: I was driving to South Carolina and I noticed that my vision was kind of blurry in my left eye. I got down to South Carolina and I noticed that in my left eye, there was kind of a shade over it. If I closed my right eye and saw with my left eye, I could not see clearly below a certain level. That shade was giving me a feeling that there was something really going wrong in my left eye. There was no pain. […]

Read more about the Patient Perspective here!

Saving lives, eyes and vision through education

Eye cancer is a terrible disease and there are not enough ocular oncologists in the world. Training takes time and money. The Victoria Cohen Eye Cancer Charitable Trust provides scholarships to support aspiring ocular oncologists through their training and education.

The deadline for applications for the Victoria Cohen Scholarship 2023/24 is the 31st March 2023. 

For full details on how to apply please visit www.vcecct.org

Donations welcome

AIER Eye Hospital Group

Permanent Charity Center of Clinica Baviera in Africa

Clinica Baviera,representing AIER in Europe, has a rich experience in offering charity surgery for patients in Africa through the project named Stop Ceguera. They have already sent doctors to Ethiopia for 2 times within these 2 years, in total they have treated 900+ patients including 47 children.

To better offer blind-preventing treatment to local patients, Fundación Pablo Horstman, Stop Ceguera and Clinica Baviera are currently building a local center at Meki, Oromia region, Ethiopia. It focuses on the treatment and monitoring of general visual problems. The service clinic is intended to be a reference center for the entire Oromia region. In addition, training in ophthalmology will be given to local staff.

The construction is expected to be finished in 6 months, and the cost will be about € 110,000 to € 120,000, three parties have agreed to contribute 60,000 euros among the three of them, and the rest will be completed through donations.



– 31 January 2023 – DEADLINE Call for Projects: Round 1
– 9 February, 01.00 PM CET – Communities of Practice for Nurses
– 20 April, 01.00 PM CEST – Communities of Practice Human Resources
– 20 May, 02.00 PM CEST – Communities of Practice for Nurses
– 13 July, 13.00 CEST – Communities of Practice Human Resources
– 31 July 2023 – DEADLINE Call for Projects: Round 2
– 11 October / 16 October – 17th Annual Meeting
– 17th Annual Meeting – Communities of Practice Human Resources
– 17th Annual Meeting – Communities of Practice for Nurses
– 7 December, 13.00 CET – Communities of Practice Human Resources
– 14 December, 01.00 PM CET  – Communities of Practice for Nurses

Questions? Share news?

Do you have a special request? Would you like to organize a webinar or share news? Would you like to be (digitally) connected to a certain person in one of our member eye hospitals? Please feel very welcome to contact Maaike van Zuilen: Maaike.vanzuilen@waeh.org

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