The development of an advocacy strategy to help lobby governments around the world to ensure optometry is recognised as a key profession in the public health sector, was one of the main topics of conversation at our recent General Delegates’ Meeting in Malaga, Spain (21 April).
Maria Arce, Director of International Affairs, said: “We know that many countries are struggling to get optometry officially recognised by their governments. We are in close contact with optometric organisations around the world, and are in a strong position to help the voices of eye and vision care professionals heard.”
During the meeting, members of WCO’s committees also gave updates on the work they have been carrying out over the past year.
Notably, it was reported that a record number of applications were received for the 2013 WCO fellowship programme. This programme provides financial assistance to optometrists and students of optometry around the world who are committed to improving vision and eye care globally.
In 2013, the programme will provide $10,000 towards optometric projects and $10,000 for travel bursaries to be divided between the successful applicants.