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SNEC Global Ophthalmology (SNEC-GO)

Blindness and vision impairment affect at least 2.2 billion people around the world. 80% of vision impairment is avoidable or can be corrected.1 36 million worldwide are blind and 217 million have moderate-severe vision impairment.


About SNEC-GO

  • Blindness and vision impairment affect at least 2.2 billion people around the world1.

  • The largest number of people with blindness and moderate-severe vision impairment reside in South Asia and Southeast Asia2 – See Figure


    Figure: Number of people in the world affected by vision loss, 2020. Source: IAPB Vision Atlas


  • SNEC-GO formally established in 2020:
    • To alleviate unnecessary blindness in our region
    • To address important challenges in eye care in the region
    • To harness rich and varied expertise in SNEC and SERI to advance practice of ophthalmology in Asia-Pacific and beyond


Vision

Advance the practice of world-class eye care in under-served regions of Asia and beyond, and entrench SNEC and SERI’s position as a global leader in eye care delivery, research and education.


Mission

To address current challenges in eye care in the region, develop future leaders in Global Ophthalmology and build sustainable eyecare systems globally, through innovative solutions, advocacy, programmes, and partnerships.


Key Objectives

Research: To promote and conduct eye care research that creates the evidence base to address prevailing challenges in ocular disease in Southeast Asia and beyond


Ongoing initiatives:

  • Multicentre research projects helmed by SERI

  • Partnership with University College London for a joint PhD program


Future initiatives:

  • Establish a SNEC-GO Research Collaboration and Consultancy Unit

    • Collaboration on research projects with regional ophthalmic centers

    • Mentoring of keen scientists and clinician scientist from around the region.

    • Set-up of appropriate local research infrastructure in regional high-volume clinical centres as sister research centres 

  • Create global research fellowship exchange opportunities to provide research training opportunities for eye care professionals in the region and beyond.


Education: To train and educate eye care professionals globally


Ongoing initiatives:

  • Partnerships with Aravind Eye Hospital and Chitrakoot Eye Hospital in India, Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology in Nepal and the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (RANZCO)

  • Set-up of Fellowship exchange programs, Small Incision Cataract Surgery (SICS) Program, Allied Health Professional (Optometry, Nursing)Education Program


Future initiatives:

  • Develop SNEC’s Digital Ophthalmic Education Platform.

    • Create a digital repository of on-demand digital ophthalmic education materials – “Netflix for Eye”

    • Establish a series of subspecialty webinars

  • Set up “SNEC Global Ophthalmology Rounds” in partnership with regional institutes to discuss challenging cases seen in the region and augment practice of evidence-based medicine amongst ophthalmology residents regionally

  • Set up Global Clinical Fellow Exchange programs to provide clinical/research training opportunities for ophthalmologists in the region and beyond.

  • Expand SNEC’s community optometry training program to centres in the region that would benefit from developing similar formal optometrist training programs


Outreach & Advocacy: To play a key role in the building of ophthalmic institutes in the region to enhance provision of world-class eye care to all, regardless of locale or socioeconomic status


Ongoing initiatives:

  • Several ad-hoc private humanitarian initiatives by various SNEC faculty

  • Ongoing collaboration with various offices in Singhealth (e.g. Singhealth International Collaboration Office) for capacity building projects in Asia and beyond


Future initiatives:

  • Partnership with providers in under-served areas for impactful and sustainable eye care outreach programs

  • Synergise with programs by SingHealth Duke-NUS Global Health Institute (SDGHI) and SingHealth International Collaboration Office (ICO)

  • Strengthen links with Institutes and key stakeholders, including IAPB and WHO to help advance eye care in the region

  • Obtain designation for SNEC as the first vision-related WHO Collaborating Centre in the ASEAN region.

  • Inculcate a strong culture of Global Ophthalmology and Outreach within SNEC


SNEC-GO Organisational Chart

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References

  1. World Health Organization. (2019). World report on vision Executive Summary. World Health Organization, Department of Noncommunicable Diseases. https://www.who.int/docs/default-source/documents/publications/world-report-on-vision-accessible-executive-summary.pdf?sfvrsn=d159ec9f_2.

  2. Bourne RRA, Flaxman SR, Braithwaite T, et al. Magnitude, temporal trends, and projection of global prevalence of blindness and distance and near vision impairment: a systematic review and meta-analysis. The Lancet Global Health. 2017; 5(9): E888-E897.