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By Brian Doolan | On Friday 22nd May 2015 | 0 Comments

IAPB Joins the Fred Hollows Foundation in soliciting responses for the ideas listed in this blog post - especially around creating a Working Group for IAPB members. If you are interested, or have anything to share, please write to communications@iapb.org

In December 2013, The Fred Hollows Foundation launched its 2014-2018 Strategic Plan; which outlines what we will achieve in the next five years to realise our vision of a world in which no person is needlessly blind and Indigenous Australians exercise their right to good health.

As CEO, I have been very conscious of the need to make sure that our Strategic Plan does not just sit on the shelf, but is a document that is actively used to help us make important decisions about where we need to focus our efforts, activities and investments. Over the past two years, we have also invested heavily in improving the metrics by which we measure and report on our performance and progress.

As part of this work, The Foundation’s Board recently endorsed a series of ‘long term outcome indicators.’ These indicators aim to provide more clarity on the outcomes we are seeking to achieve through our Strategic Plan. We’ve been setting targets for our work and measuring ourselves against those for a long time, but recognised that statements in our Plan like ‘cataract is effectively managed’ could mean many things to many people. By articulating a clear set of outcome...

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By Joanna Conlon | On Thursday 7th May 2015 | 0 Comments
The recent Board meetings were organised in Dubai with unstinting support from HRH Prince Abdulaziz Al Saud, Dr Alamuddin and the very professional IAPB EMR team. IAPB is sincerely grateful for their generosity.
 
The first Board meetings of 2015 concluded last month mark some crucial milestones for IAPB. They are the first set of meetings after we adopted the new governance framework: Three of the four trustees recently elected as Group C representatives on the board were present, ensuring an even broader range of perspectives and experiences were now available around the table. After focusing on the membership and governance review last year, the ‘new’ Board doubled down on strategic issues central to IAPB’s mission.
Peter Ackland’s CEO report showcased IAPB’s work over 2014 and also mentioned key staffing changes: Elizabeth Tinsley is the new Head of Finance and we have a new regional coordinator, Luis Perez, in Latin America. 

Governance

The Board endorsed a new framework around the establishment of IAPB work groups. All members can now initiate a group for discussion and exchange on a particular theme, subject to board approval. So if there is an area of interest you think should be addressed via an IAPB work group do get in touch to start the process. 
 
A lot of discussion went in...
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By Philip Hoare | On Thursday 7th May 2015 | 0 Comments

Coincidentally, the New York Times has published a story on Uveitis and Ebola, "After nearly claiming his life, Ebola lurked in a doctor's eyes"

During a recent visit to Johannesburg, I attended the IAPB Africa Annual Conference, and had the opportunity to meet Dr Irmela Erdmann, Ophthalmologist and CBM West Africa Medical Advisor. Dr Erdmann described to me the dreadful situation that many of the survivors of Ebola were now developing serious complications including uveitis and other eye problems, which if not treated could result in blindness. Research is under way to find out what the connection is with Ebola, but to date the connection is not known.

Fortunately, the eye diseases are treatable and curable, but require urgent and immediate intervention. I was asked to source the following drugs for immediate shipment to Sierra Leone - Atropine Sulfate Ophthalmic Solution 1% 5ml, Prednisolone Acetate Ophthalmic Suspension 1% 5ml and Timolol Eye Drops 0.5% 5ml. I contacted a number of pharmaceutical distributors known to me, and during my negotiations our friends at Aurolab came up with the best deal – a donation of 500 of each of the above-...

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By Alessandro Di Capua | On Tuesday 5th May 2015 | 2 Comments

Ten days have now passed since Nepal’s devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake, which struck on 25 April, with its epicenter very close to Kathmandu, Nepal's capital. With victims' numbers rising over 7,000 and work to reach survivors with vital supplies now under way, our thoughts are with all those affected from the devastation in that region.

In any emergency, it is always the disadvantaged and poor who suffer the most. In particular, individuals with disabilities are disproportionately affected in disaster situations due to inaccessible evacuation, response (including shelters, camps, and food distribution), and recovery efforts.

IAPB calls for all recovery and reconstruction efforts to be inclusive and responsive to the needs of all people, including persons with disabilities, in line with the principles of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. In 2013 a group of humanitarian organisations (including CBM) and UN agencies released a Guidance note on disability and emergency risk management for health - the guide provides key principles that should underpin practical action in order to address the needs of people with disabilities in case of emergencies.

A number of IAPB members are active in Nepal ...

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