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Operation Eyesight presents

HEALTH FOR HUMANITY

Join us on March 25 for Health for Humanity, a virtual convening of international health experts championing our collective effort to provide health care and eye care for all.

Thursday, March 25, 2021
10 a.m. MT / 12 p.m. EST / 4 p.m. GMT

The Health for Humanity virtual event will facilitate a crucial conversation about eye health care as an integral part of universal health coverage, and inspire you to take action to achieve good health and well-being for all. Thanks to our event sponsors, this free, one-hour virtual event will provide unique perspectives, expert analyses, and front-line examples of why now, more than ever, the world needs universal health coverage. Drawing from their diverse experience, our panel of health experts will explore the political, social and economic factors around UHC and the current state of health care, and share their knowledge on the importance of investing in strong and resilient health systems.

PANELISTS

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Hillary Rono

Dr. Hillary Rono
Eye Surgeon for North Rift Region, Kenya

Dr. Hillary Rono is an ophthalmologist and zonal eye surgeon for North Rift Region, which is considered a hardship zone in Kenya. He currently serves a population of over 1.5 million, addressing a range of eye health conditions, with the most prevalent being blinding trachoma, cataract and childhood blindness.

Under Dr. Rono’s charge, within a five-year period, the cataract surgical rate in the North Rift Region increased significantly from 100 cataract surgeries per million population to 820 cataract surgeries per million population. In addition, patients seen and treated rose from 7,000 per year to over 19,500 per year over the same period. Dr. Rono attributes this to team effort and the support received from partners including Operation Eyesight.

Dr. Hillary Rono

Eye Surgeon for North Rift Region,
Kenya

Robert Yates

Robert Yates
Executive Director, Centre for Universal Health
Chatham House, United Kingdom

Robert Yates is a political health economist specializing in universal health coverage (UHC) and progressive health financing. He is Executive Director of the Centre For Universal Health at Chatham House. He is also an Honorary Associate Professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and a long-term consultant to The Elders on their health program.

His principal area of expertise is in the political economy of UHC, with a focus on advising political leaders and governments on how to plan, finance and implement national UHC reforms. He has previously worked as a Senior Health Economist with the UK’s Department for International Development and the World Health Organization, advising numerous governments in Asia, Africa and Europe on health financing policy and health systems reforms.

Robert Yates

Executive Director,
Centre for Universal Health,
Chatham House,
United Kingdom

Grace Chipalo Mutati

Dr. Grace Chipalo Mutati
Senior Medical Superintendent
Lusaka University Teaching Hospital — Eye Hospital
Senior Lecturer, University of Zambia — School of Medicine

Dr. Grace Chipalo Mutati has been an unparalleled leader of eye health training efforts in Zambia, and her contribution to the Vision 2020 Global Initiative to combat avoidable blindness in Zambia has been immeasurable.

Dr. Mutati is a Member of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists and a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh. After graduating from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine with an M.S.c. in Community Eye Health, Dr. Mutati was one of the 18 qualified ophthalmologists to serve a population of 15 million in Zambia. Her passion for improving eye health in Zambia led her to return to the government to contribute to the Vision 2020 Global Initiative, where she worked alongside the Ministry of Health and partners to introduce eye services to first level hospitals.

With a keen interest in eye health training, Dr. Mutati pioneered the introduction of a Master’s degree in Ophthalmology in Zambia and has contributed to the development of the College of Eastern and Southern Africa’s curriculum for residency training. Dr. Mutati is actively involved in conducting primary eye care training as well as mentoring other trainers.

Dr. Grace Chipalo Mutati

Senior Medical Superintendent
Lusaka University Teaching Hospital — Eye Hospital

Senior Lecturer, University of Zambia — School of Medicine

Gudlavalleti

Dr. Gudlavalleti Venkata Satyanarayana Murthy
Director, Public Health Foundation of India, India

Dr. G.V.S. Murthy’s work revolves around improving global health and fostering international partnerships to improve the health status of
populations. He established the first Community Ophthalmology Department in the public sector in India and headed the department from its launch until 2010.

In 2010 he established the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine Overseas Centre of Excellence in Hyderabad. He worked at the World Health Organization in Geneva on the Childhood Blindness Program and was a UNAIDS Consultant with National Aids Control Organization for two years, where he guided and monitored the organization’s first behavioural surveillance survey. He is an international expert on public health disability and has been engaged in generating evidence on health care access and health concerns of those with disabilities. He has undertaken research projects across the world. He is a member of the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust’s Scientific Advisory Committee, the National Task Force on Diabetic Retinopathy and Retinopathy of Prematurity, the Optometry Council of India, and the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness’s Diabetic Retinopathy Technical Advisory Committee.

Dr. Gudlavalleti Venkata Satyanarayana Murthy

Director
Public Health Foundation of India
India

MODERATOR

Jessica Crofts-Lawrence

Jessica Crofts-Lawrence
Head of Policy and Advocacy,
International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness
United Kingdom

Jessica Crofts-Lawrence is the Head of Policy and Advocacy at the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB), the overarching alliance for the eye health sector. Jessica leads IAPB’s engagement at the United Nations and the World Health Organization, and oversees their major global advocacy campaigns. She is also a Commissioner on The Lancet Global Health Commission on Global Eye Health. Before joining IAPB, Jessica worked for a number of years in international justice policy at the Bar Council of England and Wales. Here she was responsible for designing and implementing international projects to improve the rule of law. She has a law degree from the University of Surrey and a master’s degree in International Relations from the University of Cambridge.

Jessica Crofts-Lawrence

Head of Policy and Advocacy,
International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness
United Kingdom

REMARKS FROM

Candice Naylen

Candice Naylen
Vice President, Advancement, Operation Eyesight

Candice Naylen is our Vice President of Advancement, overseeing the global fundraising, marketing and communications strategy for Operation Eyesight from our Calgary office.

Candice has extensive fund development experience in the non-profit sector, particularly in the post-secondary environment. She has fundraised for various capital projects in Calgary and was responsible for multimillion-dollar fundraising goals.

Candice Naylen holds a BA from Western University and an MA from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, and maintains her Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) designation and has held multiple board and volunteer roles in the community.

Candice Naylen

Vice President, Advancement
Operation Eyesight
Canada

Justin Asgarpour

Doctor of Optometry
Clearly
Canada

Kash

Kashinath Bhoosnurmath
Incoming CEO, Operation Eyesight

In February 2021, Kashinath (Kash), was named President & CEO after 11 years with Operation Eyesight. With over 30 years of humanitarian and international experience, he brings extensive leadership and expertise in international program development, implementation and advocacy.

He first joined our team as Senior Director of India in 2009, spearheading the development of what has become our flagship model of Hospital-Based Community Eye Health. His dedication and proven success have advanced his career at Operation Eyesight through progressively more senior roles, as he has served as Global Director of Programs and Vice President of International Programs and is now at the helm of the organization.

Kashinath has been integral to our growth and the impact we are creating in the communities we serve. Under his leadership, we have expanded our programs, increased the number of countries we work in from four to eight, and successfully launched programs based on our adapted Hospital-Based Community Eye Health Program model in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. Kashinath also introduced and formalized our policy on quality and led our team in pursuing fundraising activities in our countries of work.

Kashinath has held leadership positions with Save the Children UK and Action Aid France and brings decades of experience working effectively in close collaboration with civil society, government and other partner agencies. He has extensive post-graduate training, teaching and research experience, and is a published author. His qualifications include post-graduate degrees in science and technology for development (India) and regional development planning and management (Thailand and Germany).

Kashinath serves on the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) Board of Trustees and was recognized as an Eye Health Leader by IAPB in 2013.

Kashinath Bhoosnurmath

Incoming CEO
Operation Eyesight
India

ONE-HOUR PROGRAM

Video & Welcome from Operation Eyesight
Candice Naylen, VP Advancement, Operation Eyesight

Opening Address
Dr. Hillary Rono, Eye Surgeon for North Rift Region, Kenya

Panel Conversation
Brought to you by our Panelist Presenting Sponsor

Featuring
Robert Yates, Centre for Universal Health, Chatham House
Dr. Grace Chipalo Mutati, Lusaka University Teaching Hospital
Dr. G.V.S. Murthy, Public Health Foundation of India

Moderated by
Jessica Crofts-Lawrence, International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness

Q&A Session

Concluding Remarks from Operation Eyesight CEO

Thank you to our donors for helping make this event possible.
Bill & Lily Lister
Dan Parlow, Partner, Kornfeld LLP

For more information, contact Kristin Poch