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Board meeting agenda

  • Thursday March 30 2023
  • Time: 13.00 CEST
  • Open to board members of the WAEH & invitees by the board
  • Tech: via Zoom

The Netherlands






  • Chair of the WAEH:
    • Mrs. Cathy Kowalewski, Wilmer Eye Institute – Johns Hopkins Hospital, USA
  • Mr. Martin Kuper, Moorfields Eye Hospital, United Kingdom
  • Dr. Nelson, Kellogg Eye Center, USA
  • Mrs. Yvonne Koppelman, The Rotterdam Eye Hospital, The Netherlands
  • Dr. Abdulaziz AlRajhi, King Khaled Eye Specialist Hospital, Riyaad
  • Mr. Brendon Gardner, Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, Australia
  • Mr. Sten Kjellström, St. Erik Eye Hospital, Stockholm
  • Dr. Tjahjono, Jakarta Eye Center, Jakarta, Indonesia
  • Mr. Li Li, Aier Eye Hospital Group, China
  • Mrs. Charity Wai, Singapore National Eye Centre, Singapore
  • Mr. Lim Hou Boon, Singapore National Eye Centre, Singapore
  • Mr. Jim Gu, Singapore National Eye Centre, Singapore
  • Mr. Rodrigo Hasegawa, Hoftalon Eye Hospital, Brasil
  • Mr. 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
      • 18th Annual Meeting WAEH
        1. Proposal via a Presentation by Aier Eye Hospital Group

      • Sponsoring
        1. Update about Roche

      • 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 / etc.
          5. 2026: South America / Europe / etc

        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. 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. Member acquisition
      Maaike van Zuilen
      • Suel Brasil Abujamra – Brasil
        • MVZ appointment
        • Application has been sent to Rodrigo and Cathy
        • Application form

      • Beirut Eye & Ent Hospital – Lebanon
        • Application has been sent to Cathy and Aziz
        • Application

      • Rothschild – France
        • Application has been sent to Yvonne and Sten
        • Application

      • Al Shifa Tryst Eye Hospital- Pakistan

      Accepted during previous board meeting: He Eye Specialist Hospital, China

      4. Financial
      Wim Oosterom
      • The Membership Fee Invoices have been sent in February 2023
        1. Full members: 4.000 euro annually
        2. Associate members: 2.000 euro annually
        3. Update about payments

      • Budget 2023 Wim
        1. Q4 – 2022
        2. Q4 – Actual Notes
      5. WAEH Projects
      6. Update Communities of Practice and Webinars
      • Community tool installed behind the WAEH website
        • Phase 1: include the participants of the CoP Human Resources
        • MVZ will present during the upcoming meeting April 20 and then open up the tool for this CoP
        • Link to community tool:

      7. To be reviewed
      8. Question from a Member
      Question from SNEC / Kai Yin Lee

      The SNEC is currently looking into Eye Population Health.  This is a hot topic and key deliverable.  Look after the health of the population instead of providing treatment only, putting it simply.

      We understand that some countries in Europe have embarked on and embraced Population Health and we would like to learn from individuals or entities in these countries.  Thr my web research  – Finland, Denmark and Sweden, seem to do it well?

      If we were to plan a visit to one country, or at max two, to learn about concept and roll out of Pop Health:

      1. Which country/countries we should visit?
      2. Who and which companies/inst/organisation we should engage in the respective countries?

      Specifically, we would like to know:

      1. Primary eye care structures and integration with hospitals
        1. Engaging the community optometrists, local GPs and partners in the provision of eye care
      2. Value-drive care models for eye
      3. Cost-effective and sustainable population screening for specific eye diseases

      Very much appreciate your sharing, guidance and tapping on your wide network, as appropriate.

      9. WAEH Member News

      Book launch Treatment of Dry Eye

      The English version of Treatment of Dry Eye is the first joint-work book by Aier China mainland and Aier Southeast Asia, now it has officially published internationally!  

      The Chinese version was first written by Prof. Qingyan ZENG, vice president of Hubei province of Aier Group, and published within China. The Chinese version vividly shows how patients can treat their dry eyes in a comic way, which has been considered as a useful, educational book for patients.  

      Realizing the value of this book, and to share AIER wisdom globally, Aier then invited 3 of their doctors from International Specialist Eye Centre, Aier Southeast Asia to translate, now the book is ready to benefit patients from other countries. 

      Interested to receive a book? Contact Chloe from Aier via: 崔陈梦迪(本部)

      • King Khaled Eye Specialist Hospital – Guideline Refreactive Errors
      10. Dates 2023
      • March 30 8am-9am EST
      • June 22 8am-9am EST
      • September 14 8am-9am EST
      • October: Annual Meeting
      • December 14 8am-9am E