Development Strategy


  • To develop and promote professional standards in relation to the practice of eye care;

  • To foster, develop and promote educational and training opportunities; and

  • To build capacity for a skilled and sustainable ophthalmic workforce that meets eye care needs.


The International Development Committee (IDC) ensures the operationalisation of RANZCO's international development strategy as per the Strategic Plan.

How we work

The Asia-Pacific region incorporating WHO world regions, South East Asia and Western Pacific, accounts for 73% of moderate to severe visual impairment and 58% of blindness.


RANZCO seeks to reduce avoidable blindness in the Asia-Pacific through building the capacity of training institutions in ways that are tailored and paced to reflect local realities, and through ongoing knowledge and skill development of local eye health personnel, thereby assisting the development of a sustainable eye health workforce.

The International Ophthalmology Development - The RANZCO Capacity Building Model is now featured on the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness Members Showcase.


We work in partnership with local stakeholders to ensure projects are sustainable and accessible to everyone, thereby seeking to contribute to the alleviation of poverty, improving gender equality, creating education opportunities and empowering local communities.

Project activities are implemented in collaboration with national blindness prevention committees, tertiary training institutions, training hospitals, Ministries of Health, and other local stakeholders in the countries where we work.


Collaborating with other international non-government organisations (INGOs) ensures that duplication of effort is avoided and that donor funds are spent more effectively through joint planning and complementary activities. RANZCO is a member of the Vision2020Australia Global Consortium and the Commonwealth Eye Health Consortium.


Advocacy is conducted through RANZCO publications including the website, newsletters, meetings and workshops, and project activities that encourage system strengthening.

RANZCO is a member of, and regularly contributes to, national and international eye health advocacy bodies:

  • Vision 2020 Australia A national body working in partnership to prevent avoidable blindness and improve vision care. Through participation in the Global Committee of Vision 2020 Australia and related activities RANZCO seeks to contribute to advocacy efforts aimed at reducing avoidable blindness in the Asia-Pacific region.

  • International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) An alliance of civil society organisations, corporates and professional bodies in promoting eye health through advocacy.

  • Australian Council for International Development (ACFID) The peak body for Australian not-for-profit aid and development organisations working to attain a world where gross inequality and extreme poverty are eradicated.

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RANZCO complies with the ACFID Code of Conduct to ensure good development outcomes, transparency and accountability.

We implement development activities in adherence to RANZCO's Policies such as:

  • Child Protection

  • Human Rights

  • Disability Inclusion

  • Counter Terrorism

  • Gender Equality

We work within the framework of Vision2020: The Right to Sight a joint initiative between the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) to strengthen national systems and facilitate capacity-building.

For technical development activities we draw on International Council of Ophthalmology (ICO) materials and evidence based publications.

Fellows who volunteer their time to participate in RANZCO projects are expected to adhere to the following good practice guidelines: