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By Peter Ackland | On Wednesday 10th February 2016 | 0 Comments

WSD15 Photo competition entry

The World Health Organization has launched a survey to identify the 50 top technologies people need worldwide to improve their lives. The survey will use the information gathered to build the WHO Priority Assistive Products List (APL). The tool will set the standard for the most essential assistive products that should be available in a health system.

The survey is open to all stakeholders, especially current or potential users, their families and organizations. IAPB encourages all Members to complete the survey online https://extranet.who.int/dataform/355553/

Please share the survey with your partner organisations and especially service providers and users of assistive devices. It is important that as many people from the vision sector complete the survey as possible. The survey closes on 3rd March 2016 – so there is not much time!

Please visit the web link provided above to learn more about the survey.  Queries can please be directed to the contacts listed at the web link above.

By Bharath Balasubramaniam | On Tuesday 9th February 2016 | 0 Comments

Sankara Eye Foundation’s eponymous innovation, the Sankara Electronic Remote Vision Information System (SERVIS) is a real-time Blindness Prevention Surveillance System which enables any eye care provider to immediately access village-level information, helping it to reach out to the population in most need of eye care through targeted intervention and thus prevent blindness.

SERVIS in the field

A one of its kind programme, SERVIS aims to make community outreach efforts paperless as Sankara’s team of field workers, doctors and paramedics will use tablets to record patient-specific data during household surveys and eye camps, providing advisories and promoting preventive eye care awareness. 

The concept germinated at Sankara Eye Foundation, India, more than two years ago when its Community Outreach team was looking for an efficient system to record information at the doorstep of the rural poor with data integrity being the foremost priority. Such automation is necessary as, as we know, more than 80% of the potentially blinding and visually impairing conditions are either preventable or curable if detected early on.

The information collected is ‘geo-tagged’, so that the gathered data will provide real-time information not only on in-situ personnel activity but also blinding...

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By Terje Iversen | On Tuesday 9th February 2016 | 0 Comments

VISION 2020 Norway has a new board, who now formally consitute the VISION 2020 Norway committee. The board expressed its gratitude for the servcies rendered by the outgoing Chair, Nina Holte and welcomed the new chair, Anne Norvik Jervell of the Norwegian Association of Optometrists. The Board has representations from the ophthalmic and optometric groups, the Norwegian Association of Blind and Partially Sighted, Right to Sight, Norway and an observer from the Ministry of Health. Created with the aim to improve eye health in Norway--in every way--and to contribute to the global blindness prevention movement, you can read more about us here

VISION 2020 Norway committee members

(Anne Norvik Jervell, Terje Iversen, Nina Holst, Helle Krisine Falkenberg and Vibeke Sundling--not in that order)

Nina Holte and Anne Norvik Jervell, VISION 2020 Norway

(Nina Holte, the outgoing Chair and Anne Norvik Jervell, the new Chair of VISION 2020 Norway)

By Yuddha Dhoj Sapkota | On Monday 8th February 2016 | 0 Comments

Delegates from the Post-Disaster Workshop in Nepal, Jan 2016

Nepal Netra Jyoti Sangh (NNJS) an IAPB member, organized a one-day workshop on “Post Disaster: Long term strategy and Action Plan in Eye health Service of Nepal”. The workshop, with support from IAPB and CBM, was held in Kathmandu, Nepal. Over all 60 participants from Eye Care Institutions, Ministry of Health, National Planning Commission, INGOs like the Fred Hollows Foundation, Seva Foundation, Norwegian Association for Blind and Partially Sighted (NABP), CBM, USAID, Nepal Engineers’ consultancy, Institute of Medicine, WHO, National Disaster Authority of Nepal, Nepal Red Cross Society, National Academy of Science and Technology of Nepal.

The main objective of the workshop was to assess the over-all damage in eye institutions after the earth quake, prepare a long-term strategy to tackle the existing situation in eye health and ensure that eye care institutions are aware of the importance of long-term disaster preparedness and developing a response strategy for eye hospitals.

The workshop concluded with the recommendation to conduct structural assessments of existing eye care institutions and the rehabilitation sector such as schools for the blind.  Another key recommendation was to form a task force/national coordinating committee. The committee will prepare national...

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