WELCOMES WORLD HEALTH LEADER OCTOBER 19, 2000
call to action: Vision 2020: The Right to Sight
Fostering of Ophthalmic Care for Underserved Sectors), will welcome
Dr. Adam Zayan to Houston on Thursday, October 19, 2000 to announce
a worldwide campaign to eliminate avoidable blindness: Vision 2020:
The Right to Sight. .
Dr. Zayan, a
member of a special World Health Organization Task Force led by
the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness, will describe
this historic initiative--aimed largely at the world’s most underserved
communities—in a keynote address at the Rotary Club of Houston’s
luncheon meeting on October 19 at noon at the Junior League Building,
1811 Briar Oaks. John Tuschman, Chair of the Day for the Rotary
Club of Houston meeting, notes that the Club has designated that
date as "InFOCUS Day" to raise awareness of the unmet need for basic
vision care throughout the world, and call attention to how the
InFOCUS Center for Primary Eye Care Development is working to address
Dr. Zayan, ,
M.D., M.P.H., is Vice President and Medical Director of ORBIS International,
where he is directing a project to address the root causes of blindness
in the developing world. Prior to joining ORBIS, Dr. Zayan was instrumental
in carrying out health initiatives in Nigeria, Bangladesh and Egypt.
He has held leadership roles in several international organizations,
including Save the Children, Helen Keller Worldwide, and Partners
in Population and Development. Zayan earned his medical degree at
the University of Alexandria and a Masters in Public Health at the
University of Pittsburgh.
Jed L. Howard,
M.D., InFOCUS Vice President and Advisory Board Chair, notes: "Based
in Houston, the InFOCUS Center for Primary Eye Care Development
pioneers and promotes ways to expand access to high quality, low
cost eye care services for medically underserved populations. As
a member of the World Health Organization’s Partnership Committee
of organizations dedicated to the prevention of blindness, InFOCUS
is proud to host Dr. Zayan’s visit to Houston to bring much-needed
attention to this important, worldwide initiative."
honor Dr. Zayan on October 19 at 6 p.m. at a reception at the University
of Texas School of Public Health. The reception will provide an
opportunity for members of Houston’s public health and ophthalmic
communities to learn about Vision 2020, and consider how their organizations
may be able to participate.
With a global
network of partner agencies, academic centers and health care professionals,
the InFOCUS Center for Primary Eye Care Development:
- Raises awareness
of and support for primary eye care
locally sustainable program strategies
health and human service providers to offer primary eye care services
- Links large,
underserved populations to eye care professionals and medical
- Dr. Ian Berger,
Director of the InFOCUS Center for Primary Eye Care Development,
states "Houston has led the way in vision care on many occasions.
InFOCUS and Houston-area vision and health care leaders could
lead the way again, helping people at home and abroad enjoy the
many benefits of healthy eyes and clear vision."