Author: Peter Holland

Peter Holland

Chief Executive Officer
Organisation: The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness

The Vision Excellence Awards 2020

Chief Executive Officer
Organisation: The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness

2020 has been on our collective minds for two decades. This year brings the end of a remarkable global initiative, VISION 2020: The Right to Sight, that brought many of us together. VISION 2020  also brought new attention to eye health, along with four World Health Assembly resolutions. It helped focus our attention on its three…

Black Lives Matter

Chief Executive Officer
Organisation: The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness

I’ve watched with shock the events that have been taking place in the US since the brutal killing of George Floyd. The protests there, here in the UK and around the world express how raw the issues are for people from Black, Asian or from other ethnic minorities. I know the scale of shock is…

GA2020 Postponed

Chief Executive Officer
Organisation: The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness
IAPB’s Global Assembly 2020 was due to be held in Singapore this October. As a result of the global COVID-19 pandemic, the Board has decided to postpone Global Assembly to October 2021. The COVID-19 outbreak has led to unprecedented closures and restrictions around the world. This has had major implications to our sector in the…

Global Eye Health Sector Support for the World Health Organization

Chief Executive Officer
Organisation: The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness

The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness issued the following statement: The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness and the global eye health sector have worked in partnership with the World Health Organization (WHO) for over 45 years. The WHO’s leadership has been critical in taking us to the verge of eliminating trachoma…

COVID-19 — CEO Update

Chief Executive Officer
Organisation: The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness

As the impact of COVID-19 continues to unfold at a rapid pace, I wanted to take this opportunity to get in touch. Many of you and your partners will be experiencing severe challenges during these uncertain times. It is our greatest hope that everyone in our community working around the world, in every capacity, are…

2019 in Review: CEO Update

Chief Executive Officer
Organisation: The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness
2019 has been an incredibly active year for IAPB and the global eye care sector. Some of our highlights include: The first ever mention of eye health at the UN in the declaration on Universal Health Coverage adopted by the UN General Assembly in September, thanks to the unstinting efforts of the UN Friends of…

Council highlights Gender Equity

Chief Executive Officer
Organisation: The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness
I was delighted that the Council of Members meeting this year shone a spotlight on gender equity in both our programme work and within our organisations. When the world invests in girls and women, everybody wins - Women Deliver. The latest data shows that 55% of the world’s vision impaired are women. In industrialised countries…

2018 in Review: CEO Update

Chief Executive Officer
Organisation: The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness
As 2018 comes to a close it’s a great opportunity that as a sector we remember the progress we have made. Here are just a few highlights in 2018: Nepal and Ghana have eliminated Trachoma with the help and dedication of IAPB members. At their Heads of Government meeting in the United Kingdom (CHOGM), Commonwealth…

IAPB Secretariat Plan 2018-2021

Chief Executive Officer
Organisation: The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness

At its September meeting, the IAPB Board agreed to a new 3-year plan for the Secretariat. It set four key priorities for the next three years: Global Advocacy, Connecting Knowledge, Strengthening the Network and Providing Services. These will be a critical three years for the eye care sector as we transition from VISION 2020. We…

A Plan for the future

Chief Executive Officer
Organisation: The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness

Hello. I wanted to take the opportunity of the newsletter to introduce myself. I’m really delighted to have joined IAPB. I gained some insight into the challenges people with sight loss face when I worked at the Royal National Institute for Blind People developing their strategy. Avoidable sight loss and blindness is an injustice. Eliminating…