A Message from Jose Dante P. Dator, M.D.
Officer In Charge, Executive Director of NKTI

Over the years the National Kidney and Transplant Institute has evolved to become the leading tertiary specialty center for renal diseases and organ transplantation in the Philippines and Asia. Along the way, the need for multi-disciplinary support and expertise was realized as the diseases we encounter also affects other organs of the body. In pursuing excellence in healthcare delivery, the NKTI will continue to provide our patients with the most modern and globally accepted standards of care.

The Asia Pacific Eye Care Specialist In. (APECS) has been the NKTI’s partner in providing ophthalmological services to our patients as well as to our employees and their families. APECS has elevated the standards of eye care through their comprehensive but costeffective services delivered by well-rounded and trained doctors and staff that complement their state-of-the-art facility which they have established in 2007 and sustained over the years. Their collaborative efforts have become instrumental to NKTI being more “relevant” to the increasing patient care demands, especially in visual rehabilitation.

I am very grateful to APECS as being part of our team and for their invaluable commitment in aligning with our thrust in providing quality healthcare services. APECS is indeed an “asset” to the NKTI.


A Message from Enrique T. Ona, M.D.
Secretary of Health

According to WHO estimates, approximately 314 million people worldwide live with low vision and blindness as a result of three avoidable and treatable conditions namely cataract, errors of refraction and childhood blindness. Of these, 145 million people’s low vision is due to uncorrected refractive errors (near-sightedness, far-sightedness or astigmatism). In most cases, normal vision could be restored with eyeglasses. Yet 80% of blindness is avoidable and/or preventable.

In the latest national survey on blindness in our country, about 595,000 Filipinos were blind with
362,000 or 62% blind from cataract and 59,000 blind due to errors of refraction. These are hugely avoidable and treatable blindness and visual impairment.

To address the above concerns, the Department of Health has responded through various strategic
initiatives in the areas of advocacy, health promotion and disease prevention, clinical management, research, policy and program development in the prevention of blindness. The existence of stable,
organized and supportive organizations such as the National Committee on Sight Preservation and
International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness as well as the strong coalition among key stakeholders working closely with the Department of Health provide opportunities to ensure the best possible vision for all people and thereby improve the quality of life.