Australia provides AU$45 million for blindness prevention in Asia-Pacific

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Australia provides AU$45 million for blindness prevention in Asia-Pacific

(VOV) - More than 40 experts and doctors from international organizations and the Asia-Pacific region gathered at a workshop in Hanoi on November 16 to review Vision 2020 Australia Global Consortium.

The Australian Government pledged AU$45 million for blindness prevention in the Asia-Pacific region in the 2008-2013 period.

The donation through non-governmental organizations, such as Christoffel-Blindenmission (CBM), Fred Hollows Foundation (FHF) and International Centre for Eye care Education (ICEE), has helped Vietnam to effectively implement a blindness prevention program. The organizations have so far offered 5,500 free eye surgeries and check-ups, trained 160 eye doctors and nurses, and upgraded eye hospitals.

The two-day annual reflections workshop provided a good forum for participants from Asian countries to share the success of the Consortium program, explore common challenges and potential solutions, and build consensus strategies and approaches for the future.

Vietnam is still one of the poor countries in the world. Although the state budget for the healthcare sector is limited, the country still shows strong commitment to Vision 2020. It hopes to receive additional assistance from the World Health Organization and other international organizations to fulfill Vision 2020 targets.

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