Opening Ceremony


The 10GA Opening Ceremony: A high-profile start to the premier event on blindness prevention

With over 1000 delegates witnessing the event, the IAPB 10GA will begin on the 27th with a spectacular Opening Ceremony. The highlight, of course, will be Dr Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the President of Liberia and Nobel Prize laureate, speaking on her government’s tireless efforts to help establish strong health systems, with integrated, good-quality eye care services, in Liberia. Following in her wake will be Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, the South African Minister of Health, along with key dignitaries from IAPB. The ceremony will include a glittering achievement that IAPB is very proud of: the launch of the IAPB Vision Atlas. IAPB President Bob McMullan will then be presenting the IAPB Awards.

Just before the Opening Ceremony Dr Motsoaledi will be a part of a high-level panel discussion on the interface between civil society and governments, along with Peter Ackland, IAPB CEO and other members of politics and academia. The evening will close with the Welcome Reception—a beach-themed extravaganza at the Durban ICC.

Over three days of symposia, courses and plenaries, 10GA will have over 200 renowned speakers covering every aspect of eye care and public policy. These include speakers like Dr Matshidiso Moeti, the Regional Director of the World Health Organization (WHO) Africa region and Mr Tim Evans, Senior Director of Health, Nutrition and Population at the World Bank, among others.

10GA Opening Programme

High-Level Panel


How Civil Society Can Interface with the Government

  • Identify enabling factors and challenges in the relationship
  • Key ingredients for appropriate and effective partnerships
  • Mechanisms and processes to facilitate multi-sectoral cooperation


  • Dr. Aaron Motsoaledi, National Minister of Health
  • Deputy Minister Bogopane-Zulu, Dept. of Social Development South Africa l Mr Thembinkosi Willies
  • Mchunu, Premier KwaZulu Natal Province (TBC)
  • Peter Ackland, IAPB CEO, Representing Civil Society
  • Representative from The Liberian Government
  • Professor Hoosen Coovadia

Opening Ceremony


  • Opening and Welcome IAPB Address – Bob McMullan, IAPB President
  • IAPB Africa Chair & Chair: Organising Committee Address – Professor Kovin Naidoo l Provincial Address –
  • Mr W Mchunu, Premier, Kwazulu-Natal
  • National Address – Dr. Aaron Motsoaledi, MP, Minister of Health
  • Keynote Address – President EJ Sirleaf, President of Liberia
  • Launch of Vision Atlas – Peter Ackland, IAPB CEO
  • Presentation of IAPB Awards and Close – Bob McMullan

Welcome Reception


Experience the vibrant spirit of the fabulous Durban beaches brought to life

 Shuttle buses depart to event hotels every 15 minutes from 20:00-22:00