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12th International Conference on Ophthalmology

Day two of the conference concentrated on the activities of the AECP in the past 20 years, and the advances made in eye care thanks to fruitful cooperation of Armenian and American physicians, authorities and donors.  Presenters highlighted AECP countrywide program, with its Mobile Eye Hospital, as well as practical and scientific studies and achievements. 

The AECP published a 20 Years Anniversary brochure “Highlights – 20 Years Bringing Hope & Sight” which may be accessed below.

Our mission is eliminating
preventable blindness and
making eye care accessible to
all people in Armenia.

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The 12th International Conference on Ophthalmology marked the launch of the USAID/ AECP new project ''Center of Excellence for Prevention of Childhood Blindness’’ and summed up 20 years of AECP activities. 

The two-day conference began on September 14 in Yerevan, with the participation of representatives from the Government of Armenia, Ministry of Health, U.S. Embassy and USAID, embassies and non-governmental organizations. U.S. Ambassador John A. Heffern and Armenian Minister of Health Derenik Dumanyan welcomed the participants of the event.

The conference brought together renowned experts of various fields of ophthalmology from Armenia, the United States, Europe, CIS countries, Caucasus, Central and Middle Asia to foster a vigorous exchange of information and knowledge in various specialties related to eye care. The conference was made possible thanks to the joint efforts of USAID, AECP, the Ministry of Health, and Gebauer Stiftung, a Swiss charity foundation. 


Download Scientific Abstracts of Delegates for the 12th International Conference on Ophthalmology




Prevention of childhood blindness through combating Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP) and the official launch of USAID/AECP project “Center of Excellence for Prevention of Childhood Blindness (CEPCB)” were the main topics of the first day of the conference. 

“The AECP has the exciting opportunity to be the first in the region to establish and develop this Center of Excellence, which I believe will be as successful as all the programs initiated by the AECP and its partners during already twenty years. The Center itself will function in one year, at the Institute of Perinatology, Obstetrics and Genecology of Yerevan , as decided preliminarily” said Roger Ohanesian, the AECP President. 

Initially, the project will focus on childhood blindness caused by ROP and related eye diseases. This goal will be achieved by strengthening quality newborn care service provision in Armenia and encouraging regional cooperation.

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