ACTIVITY REPORT 2019

Updates 

·         ZOA has taken over AFCO presidency in 2019 led by Richard Maveneka

·         Cyclone Idai: Zimbabwe Optometric Association (ZOA) representatives travelled to lend a

helping hand in Chimanimani, Zimbabwe region that has been hit by a tropical storm (Cyclone

Idai) that has swept away bridges and homes, killing at least 39 people and left thousands

homeless. Cyclone Idai hit Chimanimani on 15 March this year. Richard Maveneka (ZOA

Immediate Past president and sitting AFCO president) and Christopher Kumora (ZOA Vice

President) visited this place on the 20th of March.

·         We have engaged with AFHOZ on the issue of increasing our fees and introducing new tariffs. Proposed tariffs have been submitted to AHFOZ on 2 August and they promised to feedback after 8 weeks.

·         ZOA Trust has been registered as Zimbabwe Eye Care Trust.

·         ZOA experienced a tragic loss of a member, Silindelo Nomfundo Xaba who died on 22 April 2019.

·         Richard Maveneka and Christopher Kumora represented ZOA at the 3rd World Optometry Congress held in Orlando, Florida, USA from 23 – 27 October 2019.

·         ZOA to buddy up 2020 conference with ophthalmologists. Venue already booked at Holiday Inn, Bulawayo (23-25 July 2020).

 

 

CPD/CME

·         As a requirement by 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 month, informs members of CPD sessions that are being held by the Ophthalmologist Society and other medical boards or associations. Members can also obtain points by doing online courses and attending courses in other countries.

·         In 2019 CPD topics that were covered included Drivers’ screening presentation, CVS, Cancer and the Eye, Dispensing workshop, Medical Insurance, Visual impairment, Low Vision Lecture and Workshop, Cataract and refractive surgery, The Ergonomics of low vision, Refractive surgery and management options for high myopia.

·         2019 Annual conference of the Zimbabwe Optometric Association took place in Harare, at Wild geese Lodge on the 6th and 7th of September 2019 under the topic “Myopia Control and Low Vision”. The conference was honored to have 3 International Speakers, all from United Kingdom (UK) ie Prof. Nicholas Rumney, Prof. Jonathan Jackson and Mr. Andrew Spence. Local Speakers included Deborah Tigere (CBM Zimbabwe Managing Director), Dr Mayuri Patel an ophthalmologist in Zimbabwe and Mr Richard Maveneka current AFCO president. More than 50 participants attended. The conference discussed Low Vision through various points including ways of selecting the most appropriate devices and appropriate tests and models of low Vision Care. Myopia Control was discussed through the new frontier of optometry and Management options of High Myopia.

 

 

Optometry Schools

·         First PCZ PQE exam happened in July. ZOA received the question paper to review and moderate.

·         The University of Zimbabwe (UZ) and Bindura University of Science Education (BUSE) programs of Optometry have taken off with 12 students enrolled at BUSE and 8 at the UZ. First intake is now in Second year. One intake per year at both universities, program structures are quite similar with the first year focusing on basic sciences. It is very competitive to get into the program e.g UZ had over 300 applicants for 8 places. 

·         ZOA still has the responsibility to watch over the curriculums of these schools and also plays a vital role on an advisory level.

World Sight Day 

 

·         World sight day 2019 was on the 10th of October. This year’s call to action was ‘Vision First’. ZOA members celebrated this day through different actions including offering free eye exams, printed t-shirts and spreading message regarding importants of eye exams.

AGM 2018

 

 

 

·         The AGM to mark the end of the 2018 year was held on 02 March 2019. Various in house issues were discussed and to note that the executive committee that was elected in 2018 continued to serve in same positions till next elections in February 2020. 2019 committee remained as follows;

 

            President: Ms Lynett Masiwa

 

           Vice President: Mr. Christopher Kumora

           Secretary:  Ms Faith Chauke

          Treasurer: Ms Mwakandipei Zamchiya

         This committee will serve until February 2020. After which new elections will be held at the AGM