MEACO is one of the four supranational organizations, recognized globally, representing the national and subregional ophthalmological societies in Africa and the Middle East including Turkey and Iran.
Established in 1988, all the national ophthalmological societies of the Arab countries came together to form the Pan Arab Council of Ophthalmology (PACO), under the leadership of HRH Prince Abdulaziz Ahmad Abdulaziz Al Saud and Dr Akef El-Maghraby. Their aim was to unite ophthalmologists and ophthalmic societies throughout the Middle East and Africa to improve and enhance their skills and knowledge.
Later in 1997, the board unanimously decided to merge the Council with the Afro-Arab Society of Ophthalmology and as a result, the Council was renamed as Pan Arab Africa Council of Ophthalmology (PAACO).
In 2005, the Iranian Ophthalmological Society, which has more than 1,200 members, formally joined the PAACO, which resulted in the renaming of the council to the Middle East Africa Council of Ophthalmology (MEACO). In 2006, the Turkish Ophthalmology Society also joined the Council.
To unite and strengthen the relationship of all ophthalmologists and ophthalmic societies in Africa and the Middle East through enhancing education, training, research and practice in ophthalmology and allied fields in order to elevate the quality of eye care, and reduce visual impairment for the people of the regions.
The Middle East Africa Council of Ophthalmology (MEACO) is pleased to announce its XIII International Congress which will be held from 4 – 8 May 2016 at the Bahrain International Exhibition Center in Manama, Bahrain. This congress is the largest ophthalmic meeting in the Middle East and Africa regions. We look forward to the participation of ophthalmologists and eye care professionals from the MEACO regions as well as other parts of the world.