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WAEH Board Meeting

Thursday June 22

The Netherlands






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

Organized by

  • Maaike van Zuilen, WAEH


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1. Welcome
Cathy Kowalewski
2. Review WAEH Annual Meeting
  • 17th Annual Meeting WAEH
    1. Location: Melbourne, Sydney, Australia
    2. Hosts:
      1. Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, Melbourne, Australia
      2. Sydney Eye Hospital, Sydney, Australia
      3. Presmed Chatswood Eye Hospital, Sydney, Australia
  • Structure of the meeting
    1. Monday – arrival – Board dinner?
    2. Tuesday October 10
      1. Board meeting
      2. Innovative Visit
      3. Member Meeting
      4. Welcoming Dinner for all members
    3. Wednesday October 11 – Full day program at RVEEH
      1. Innovation
      2. Workforce
      3. Welcoming new members
      4. WAEH Projects
    4. Thursday October 12 – Full day program at RVEEH
      1. Sustainability
      2. Welcoming new members
      3. WAEH Projects
    5. Friday Oct0ber 13 – Morning: travel to Sydney, afternoon visit Sydney Eye Hospital – evening Sydney Opera House (if available by the time that everybody has registered)
    6. Saturday October 14 – Morning / Afternoon: visit PresMed Chatswood Eye Sydney
      1. Theme: Philantrophy
      2. Theme: Quality and Safety of Eye Care
        1. Bilateral Cataract Surgery

      3. Visit the Event website to stay up to date:
      4. Send in Abstracts / Summaries of presentations:
      5. Register now!

Two passes to get access as full member: register with the following code: X70B3 D001 A010 32C9

              • Sponsoring
                1. Sponsoring packages
                2. Update

              • Proposal locations for upcoming years
                1. The WAEH Annual Meetings are organized region wise:
                  1. 2022: USA
                  2. 2023: Melbourne / Australia
                  3. 2024: China
                  4. 2025: South America (Brasil and Mexico) / Europe  – no incoming applications
                  5. 2026: South America / Europe / – no incoming applications

                2. Things to think about when eye hospitals want to go up for hosting the WAEH Annual Meeting:
                  1. Budget – the WAEH just reimburses the annual meeting with 15.000,- euro, so think about sponsoring
                  2. Connect to a Scientific Meeting
                  3. Sponsoring: team of host eye hospital needed
                  4. Include a second topic meeting

              Locations – proposals are requested – The board invites all members to send in their proposals to host the WAEH Annual Meetings in the upcoming years

              3. Board
              Wim Oosterom
              4. Member acquisition
              • India – LV Prasad Eye Institute
              • Pakistan – Al-Shifa Trust Eye Hospital – Rawalpindi, Pakistan
                • Application has been sent to Cathy Kowalewski and Christy Nelson
                • Application

              Recommendation from Thulsi Ravilla from the Aravind Eye Care System regarding the above two eye hospitals:

              About the two hospitals – LVPEI from Hyderabad, India & Al Shifa Trust Eye Hospital from Pakistan – Thulsi Ravilla would recommend them without any hesitation. Both are fine institutions, very committed to eye care and making sure that it reaches those in need of it. Both institutions have strong community orientation in providing care and systems to math it.

              Al Shifa Trust Eye Hospital, Rawalpindi, Pakistan: It is one of the leading hospitals in Pakistan. Thulsi has personally visited at the invitation of its founder Lt Gen (late) Jahandad Khan and interacted with him. This was several years ago. While he hasn’t been in touch lately, he is sure that they continue to be a fine institution. The fact that they want to be part of WAEH, is a testimony to that.

              LV Prasad Eye Institute, Hyderabad, India: Thulsi knows this institution very well. They are well-known for patient care, academics and research. One of the finest institutions. The Aravind Eye Care System is constantly engaged with them.

              • Eyehospitals that requested information:
                • Calamba Eye Center – Laguna Philippines
                • Dhaka Eye Care Hospital – Bangladesh
                • Natus
              • Accepted during previous board meeting:
                • France
                • Lebanon
                • Brasil
              Maaike van Zuilen
              5. Financial
              • The Membership Fee Invoices have been sent in February 2023
              • Payments are currently checked and reminders are sent
              Wim Oosterom
              6. WAEH Projects

              Highest number of votes

              1. Assessing evidence-based management practices and variations within WAEH member hospitals
              2. Evaluating the provision of ophthalmic nurse education among WAEH member countries
              3. Volunteer to Career

              7. Online Community
              • Community tool installed behind the WAEH website
              8. To be reviewed
              9. Board Meeting Data
              • September 14 8am-9am EST
              • October: Annual Meeting

              Tuesday 10 October 10.00 Local Melbourne Time

              • December 14 8am-9am EST