SOA Africa – Third meeting (2023)

In 2015 the Ophthalmic Association of St John of Jerusalem Eye Hospital Group (SOA) was formed, uniting professionals from across the Priories of St John.

The African Chapter of the St John Ophthalmic Association (SOA-Africa) was launched in Stellenbosch, South Africa on Armistice Day 2018, following the annual congress of the South African Society of Oculoplastic Surgery (SASOPS).

The second SOA-Africa meeting followed a year later in November 2019, in Magaliesberg, also in conjunction with SASOPS.

On Thursday 9th March 2023, SOA-Africa held its third meeting at the Durban International Convention Centre.

Joined by 25 supporters, the programme covered the history of St John, an update on the activities of the Eye Hospital Group, and a presentation on the work of the South African Priory of St John. 


Chair: Mr Grant Ladner

History of St John and SOA-Africa
David Verity

St John in South Africa: Eye Programmes
Chris Martin and Fatima Hoosen

The SOCS programme
Grant Ladner

Jerusalem 1000 event
David Verity

With grateful thanks to OSSA (the Ophthalmic Society of South Africa), and to the South African Priory of St John, for supporting this meeting.

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