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By Aaron Magava | On Friday 20th January 2017 | 0 Comments

The IAPB Africa Team (left to right): Mr Ronnie Graham, Dr Joseph Oye, Dr Aaron Magava, Prof Kovin Naidoo, Miss Neebha Budhoo, Mr Senanu Quacoe, Mr Simon Day

The IAPB Africa Team (left to right): Mr Ronnie Graham, Dr Joseph Oye, Dr Aaron Magava, Prof Kovin Naidoo, Miss Neebha Budhoo, Mr Senanu Quacoe, Mr Simon Day

Back in 1999, VISION 2020 was formulated to eliminate the main causes of avoidable blindness and visual impairment. The plan sought to bring together all stakeholders to facilitate the planning, development and implementation of sustainable national eye care programmes. TheWHO Global Action Plan, 2014-2019 further supports these efforts, placing a new emphasis on using the health system approach and the integration of eye care programs into the wider health care system at all levels.

African Governments, concerned by Africa’s increasing disease burden, have now developed the African Health Strategy 2016 – 2030 through the African Union to ensure healthy lives and to promote the well-being for all in Africa in the context of “Agenda 2063: The Africa We Want”.

In IAPB Africa, our vision is “for all people in the region to have access to the highest possible standard of eye health”. However, we realize that we cannot do everything, everywhere at once and that we can achieve...

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By Damian Facciolo | On Thursday 19th January 2017 | 0 Comments
Vietnam’s Prime Minister approved the National Strategy for Prevention of Blindness to 2020, with a Vision to 2030 at the end of 2016. With the Prime Minister’s high-level endorsement, the strategy provides a long-term vision that will raise the importance of eye health in the context of health and development in Vietnam. It calls on provincial authorities and several ministries – not just the health ministry – to work together and expand and improve services to prevent and treat the main causes of blindness.
 
The strategy includes four reduction and access targets on prevalence, cataract, refractive error and diabetic eye disease for the period until 2020. The strategy includes additional measures with a vision to 2030, and references low vision, glaucoma, school health care, workplace injuries and childhood blindness as areas for action. Section 2 of the strategy focuses on policy and calls for the research, development and improvement of regulations and coordination mechanisms.
 
Discussion on a new comprehensive national plan for eye health for Vietnam began in 2013, and advocacy coordinated by IAPB led to a series of consultation workshops convened by the Vietnam National Institute of Ophthalmology...
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By Susan Evans | On Thursday 5th January 2017 | 0 Comments

Screenshot from SiB webinar

I recently arranged some regional webinars for project staff working on Seeing is Believing (SiB) projects, as a way of enhancing learning between projects. We arranged webinars for the Africa, South East Asia & Western Pacific regions. Over 60 people attended 1 or more webinar.

I thought I would share my top 10 tips, for anyone thinking about arranging webinars too!

  1. Find out what people want to discuss

Most project managers are quite clear on the areas they would like to know more about in order to improve their work. So just ask them what they would like to discuss. We sent around a survey to find out people’s preferences – they chose ‘Strengthening Eye Health Systems’.

  1. Have a clear structure

Great to have a topic, but you don’t want the webinar turning into a random chat. We had 2 presenters for each webinar, with a question & answer session at the end (facilitated by me).

  1. Select a system everyone can use – and hear!

We have 41 projects all around the world, so we wanted to use a system every one could access. Some systems can’t be...

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By Damian Facciolo | On Tuesday 3rd January 2017 | 0 Comments

China’s National Health and Family Planning Commission presented a new 5-year National Plan for Eye Health in late October, which calls on government agencies and partners to work together and extend action in the lead-up to the 2020.

The plan is a product of extensive consultation and drafting by key experts active in blindness prevention in China. It provides broad strategic direction and calls on provincial and local level authorities to develop appropriate plans with timelines and tasks divided.

Enhancing cooperation, improving referral networks and strengthening systems is a strong theme in the document, which will be reviewed and assessed regularly. The national eye health plan is aligned with China’s existing 5-year national development agenda and Universal Eye Health: A Global Action Plan 2014-19, which was adopted by the World Health Assembly in 2013.

China’s national eye health plan recognises the importance of county-level hospitals, particularly for cataract surgery. Currently, 90% of county medical institutes have capacity to conduct cataract surgery independently. Additional resources will...

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