Recap from ICEH Alumni Symposium Event held October 29, 2016 in Durban South Africa
November 24, 2016

ICEH Alumni Symposium Event

The ICEH Alumni Symposium Event took place on October 29, 2016 at the Southern Sun Elengeni & Maharani Hotel in Durban, South Africa. It was scheduled as a satellite meeting during the, 10th General Assembly (10GA) of the International Agency for Prevention of Blindness (IAPB). The 10GA is the premier global event discussing public health topics related to blindness & visual impairment and takes place every four years. Amongst the 1,100 global delegates attending 10GA were over 100 ICEH alumni who are leaders in the field and were key note speakers, chairs of several sections of the academic programme and responsible for many oral and poster presentations.

A strong 110 Alumni representing ICEH MSc Public Health for Eye Care (formerly titled, MSc Community Eye Health) attended the event. This was the largest ICEH/LSHTM alumni reunion to date.

ICEH Alumni Event
Following the IAPB 10GA theme of “Stronger together”: All ICEH alumni from the MSc, Diploma and Certificate attending 10GA were invited to an Alumni Event consisting of a symposium and dinner. Attendance coming from the very first course offered in 1981 to the current 2016 cohort we have over 650+ alumni!

The event was divided in two parts:

  1. Symposium: “Stronger together”: A selection of alumni-led research, education and partnerships in Public Health for Eye Care were presented under the theme “Stronger together”.
  2. ICEH Staff & Alumni Dinner: A formal dinner for ICEH alumni and staff, by invitation only. This will enable further networking both for mentorship and generation of new research and education collaborations.

The objectives of the Symposium/Event:

  1. To promote the education work of ICEH and LSHTM to a specialist audience of global eye care workers from low and middle-income countries.
  2. To strengthen current collaborations and partnerships in research and education between institutions where the alumni work and ICEH/LSHTM.
  3. To generate new research and education networks in public health for eye care.

LSHTM/ICEH Staff & Alumni Panel for the following categories:


EducationDaksha Patel (LSHTM/ICEH Staff, Director of E-Learning for D&EH Group & 1999 Alumna, Kenya/UK), Dr. Chimdi Ekwerekwu (Nigeria, 1995), Dr. Reeta Gurung (Nepal, 2006), Ms. Lindsay Hampejskova (Canada, 2014), Dr. Michael Gichangi (Kenya, 2012) and Dr. Cova Bascaran (LSHTM/ICEH Staff, MSc Public Health for Eye Care Course Director & 2008 Alumna, Spain/UK).


ResearchClare Gilbert (LSHTM/ICEH Staff & Co-Director ICEH), Dr. Fatima Kyari (Nigeria, 2003), Dr. Hillary Rono (Kenya, 2012), Dr. Gogate Parikshit (India, 2001), Ms. Priya Morjaria (ICEH PhD Candidate & 2009 Alumna, Tanzania/UK) and Dr. Mohammed Abdul (LSHTM/CEH PhD Candidate & 2008 Alumnus, Nigeria).



Marcia Zondervan (ICEH Staff, VISION 2020 Links Programme Manager & Alumna, Canada/UK), Prof. Hannah Faal (Nigeria, 1985), Dr. Affiong Ibanga (Nigeria, 2012), Prof. GVS Murthy (LSHTM/ICEH Staff & 1996 Alumnus, India) & Dr. Bernadetha Shilio (Tanzania, 2000)


The  event was promoting alumni engagement that will result in further research and education partnerships that are key to the School’s strategy. The MSc Public Health for Eye Care Course Director, Cova Bascaran and the ICEH Students & Alumni Engagement Officer, Romulo Fabunan organised the Symposium/Event and would like to thank everyone who participated in speeches, our sponsors (LSHTM Alumni Association, Clinical Research Department at LSHTM, ICEH funding and the Hooper Scholarship) for the Symposium/Event and finally everyone who attended the evening’s festivities.

Looking back on the ICEH Alumni Symposium Event.

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