ACTIVITY REPORT 2013-2014

Updates 
  • The ZOA became a member of AFCO and WCO in 2013. This was welcomed by all members.

 

  • Membership – The ZOA ended 2013 with a membership of 37. Membership is currently 47 and constitutes of 24 females and 23 males. Of the members, 25 are Zimbabwean. The rest are foreign, mainly from South Africa.
CPD/CME
  • Optometrists are registered under the Pharmacists Council of Zimbabwe (PCZ) which is governed by the Health Professions Authority of Zimbabwe. It is a requirement of the PCZ that Optometrists obtain 60 CPD points per year in order to maintain their registration. The ZOA holds CPD sessions at least once every two months, informs members of CPD sessions that are being held by the Ophthalmologist Society, arranges CPD sessions during AGMs and conferences that are held during the year. Members can also obtain points by doing online courses and attending courses in other countries.
  • In 2013 CPD covered areas that include Paediatric Optometry, Anterior Eye and Trauma, Binocular Vision, Low Vision, Glaucoma and Clinical Optic Disc Assessment.
Optometry Schools
  • There are currently no Optometry Schools in Zimbabwe. The Ophthalmology School at the University of Zimbabwe started putting plans in place in 2012 to establish a school of Optometry. The plans are being spearheaded by an Ophthalmologist, Professor Masanganise and the ZOA has made efforts to be a part of these plans. There is a curriculum (submitted by the ZOA) and equipment has been purchased. It is not known when the school will be opened. A dean (who is an Optometrist) and lecturers need to be employed.
  • Towards the end of 2013, another university, The Bindura University of Science and Technology, applied to the Ministry of Health to start a School of Optometry.
World Sight Day  • World sight day 2013 was commemorated at the end of October in the border town of Plumtree where Zimbabwe and Botswana meet. It was facilitated by the MoHCW (min health now MoHCC) and the EC Advancing Healthy Communities Project through Sightsavers Zimbabwe. The ZOA was represented.• Other activities: ZOA is a founding member of the Zim Nat Eye Health Coalition

• ZOA has been an active member of the Nat Prevention of Blindness Committee since  2009
and was elected vice chair thereof in 2013

• Challenges being faced and addressed regulation through PCZ which has seen rogues run free , diagnostics and therapeutics, lack of posts for optometrists in the public sector and the resulting provision of Optometric services by under qualified personnel in govt health facilities throughout the Zimbabwe.

AGM 2014 The AGM to mark the end of the 2013 year was held on 22 March 2014. Various in house issues were discussed and the elections to vote in the new executive committee were held. The new committee is as follows;President: Ms Mwaka Zamchiya

Vice President: Mr Richard Maveneka

Secretary:  Ms Carmen Marshall

Treasurer: Mr Christopher Kumora

Administrator: Ms Fadzai Chiriyo

 

This committee will serve until February 2015. After which new elections will be held at the AGM