Themed “creativity and technology without boundaries”, the APAO 2018 Congress in Hong Kong aligns with the Chinese Belt and Road initiative, which aims to link more than 60 countries including over 60% of the world’s population. Positioned as a modern-day Silk Road for trade, economic development and more, the Belt and Road initiative spans from the Asia-Pacific region to the Middle East, Europe and beyond.
The project also hopes to encourage international cooperation in science and technology, including health care and related fields. Volunteer ophthalmology screening and diagnostics are included in plans for health-related outreach and development programs, particularly in underserved areas. Similarly, the APAO Gateway Project is working to improve eye care in APAO nations in need.
Stay tuned for country-specific updates about APAO membership and more!