In one year, Cape Town will welcome over 10 000 delegates from 110 countries to the 37th World Ophthalmology Congress (WOC). Taking place between 26-29 June 2020 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (ICC), it will be the first time WOC is taking place in Sub-Saharan Africa. The WOC 2020 theme will be “all eyes on Africa”.
The congress will feature the latest products and services in the field and provide delegates the opportunity to network with leaders in ophthalmology. The congress is the brainchild of the International Council of Ophthalmology (ICO) and is held every two years in a different region of the world. WOC has been held since 1857, making it the longest running medical conference in the world.
Revenues from the WOC help support ICO programmes including ophthalmic education, eye care delivery, leadership and society development and the ICO’s commitment to “Building a World Alliance for Sight.”
“This will be the first time the World Ophthalmology Congress is held in Sub- Saharan Africa, thus it will have a unique African flair. The strategic theme asks for a united, concerted focus and effort to Africa’s eye health challenges and opportunities. And because of that, WOC2020 will have a deepened, definitive sense of purpose; it will unify and encourage an environment that promotes sharing of ideas for the betterment of eye healthcare in the continent; among many other experiences,” adds Dr Eddie Legodi, WC2020 President.