Ivo KOCUR (Switzerland)

Dr. Ivo Kocur obtained his medical degree and advanced certification in ophthalmology in the Czech Republic, his native country. Before joining the World Health Organization (WHO), he practiced and taught at the Charles University Department of Ophthalmology in Prague, particularly in the area of vitreoretinal and inflammatory eye conditions; coordinated international eye care conferences, research and educational programs; and served as medical advisor for international eye care projects.

He coordinated the construction and activities of the Lions Ophthalmology Educational Center in Prague, an institution that serves many European countries through the provision of educational programs for eye care professionals, public health research and monitoring of eye care services. Dr. Kocur completed a master of science in community eye health at the University College London and a master of arts in diplomacy at the Diplomatic Academy of London, followed by a master of business administration at the European University in Geneva, Switzerland.

After joining the WHO prevention of blindness and deafness program, his responsibility was the coordination of the VISION 2020 Global Initiative "The Right to Sight," a major international partnership for the elimination of avoidable blindness. He has been involved in the development and implementation of three World Health Assembly resolutions on the prevention of avoidable blindness and two comprehensive global action plans for eye health, including the most recent one, "Universal eye health: a global action plan 2014-2019."

Dr. Kocur currently focuses on the implementation of the global eye health action plan in WHO member states; comprehensive national assessments of eye care services as part of national health systems; development of national plans and strategies for comprehensive eye care service delivery to children and adults, with emphasis on chronic age-related eye conditions such as cataract, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, selected retinal disorders, uncorrected refractive errors, provision of low vision care and rehabilitation; and systematic collection of global data on the status of eye care provision. He is also responsible for international collaboration in the area of eye care education and coordinates joint projects with WHO collaborating centers, international partners and leading global eye care professional organizations.