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Eye health experts come together to boost fight against avoidable blindness
Date:3/9/2014

penEyes, an electronic patient record system to replace inefficient and unreliable paper systems. These have the potential to bring about a revolution in affordable eye care.

Sir John Major, Chairman of The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust, said: "I am delighted that The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust is able to fund this important programme. With the invaluable and diverse talents of so many specialists from all around the Commonwealth we can, together, lead the fight against avoidable blindness worldwide."

Dr Matthew Burton, ophthalmologist and senior lecturer at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, said: "We are incredibly pleased to be working with The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust. Blindness is devastating for millions of people yet so much of it could be cured or prevented. This funding will enable organisations and individuals to team up through the Commonwealth Eye Health Consortium and overcome some of the obstacles blocking access to eye care."

Colin Cook, Head of the Division of Ophthalmology of the University of Cape Town, South Africa, said: "We are very grateful to The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust for its support towards eye care and the elimination of avoidable blindness in the Commonwealth. The African saying is "How do you eat an elephant?" to which the answer is "one mouthful at a time, piece by piece, and with a lot of help from your friends." This initiative is a wonderful illustration of this teamwork, and we are grateful for the opportunity to participate as members of that team."


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