Public Health
07.12.2010

Fiocruz becomes Collaborating Centre PAHO / WHO on childhood blindness

One feature is joint studies and research related activities including medical advice

Foto: Arquivo IFF/Fiocruz
O mapeamento de retina, realizado em recém-nascidos prematuros de baixo peso, é utilizado no diagnóstico da retinopatia da prematuridade, doença que pode levar à cegueira
O mapeamento de retina, realizado em recém-nascidos prematuros de baixo peso, é utilizado no diagnóstico da retinopatia da prematuridade, doença que pode levar à cegueira

The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO / WHO) confirmed the appointment of Fernandes Figueira Institute (IFF), a unit dedicated to maternal and infant-juvenile, Fiocruz Collaborating Center on Blindness in Children in the period 2010 to 2014. The query was referred to the Brazilian Ministry of Health by the Director of PAHO / WHO, Mirta Roses Periago, last October.

Through the Department of Neonatology and its Clinical Research Unit (UPC), the IFF will participate in joint studies and research in the area, including activities of medical advice for eye care in neonatal technical cooperation with countries in Latin America and the Caribbean; organization workshops on retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) targeted to nurses, neonatologists and ophthalmologists and open to the presence of local governments in Latin America, development of educational materials for professionals and health services, and improving the quality of information available on neonatal care.

Since 2004, the Department of Neonatology and UPC-FFI has supported the implementation of screening programs and treatment of ROP in Brazil and other Latin American countries. Nationally, work is being developed in several capitals, including Rio de Janeiro, Salvador, Recife, Fortaleza, Sao Luis and Belem Abroad, Argentina, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru and Venezuela have been benefit.

Source: FIOCRUZ