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By Johannes Trimmel | On Tuesday 24th November 2015 | 0 Comments


On 25 September the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development [French, Spanish, Arabic, Russian, Chinese] was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly. The Agenda 2030 includes the following sections:  (1) Preamble, (2) Declaration, (3) Sustainable Development Goals and targets, (4) Means of Implementation and the Global Partnership, and (5) Follow Up and Review.

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and its 169 targets are a new universal agenda which envisions a transformational change in all countries and globally to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all. 

While eye health is not specifically mentioned in Goals or targets (like many other health issues), the SDGs offer many more opportunities than the Millennium Development...

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By Damian Facciolo | On Monday 23rd November 2015 | 0 Comments

Great ideas shared on eye health for women in girls at our regional forum in Cambodia
Great ideas shared on eye health for women in girls at our regional forum in Cambodia

The Global Burden of Disease study shows 60% of global blindness is among women, and recent surveys in the Western Pacific show an even greater imbalance in some areas.

As Universal Eye Health: A Global Action Plan 2014-19 prioritises “equity” as its first principle and approach, it is clear that in eye health we need to do more to reach women and girls.

In the Western Pacific, IAPB is working to develop and share information on good practice programs for women and girls, and support members and partners to develop gender-sensitive interventions. As a first step, IAPB partnered with the Fred Hollows Foundation to deliver a 2-day learning forum for participants across countries of the Asia and the Pacific to talk about what works, and how to tailor services for women and girls.

Held in Phnom Penh in November, the forum was funded by the Australian Government, a donor with a strong...

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By Beibei Yi | On Monday 9th November 2015 | 0 Comments

Ms.Xiang Hu and Prof Ningli Wang at CoM2015

Ms. Xiang Hu and Prof Ningli Wang at CoM 2015

The 2015 Council of Members Meeting brought more than 250 delegates and 70 organisations to Beijing from across the world – and from across China – to talk about blindness prevention.The meeting gave us a special chance to put the spotlight on efforts in China.

Ms Xiang Hu

Held in association with China’s National Blindness Prevention Committee and supported by members of the IAPB China Committee, the China Day sessions on 13 October featured new insights on ways to manage avoidable blindness. Ms Xiang Hu, asenior representative from the National Health and Family Planning Commission (China’s health ministry) presented on the government’s recent efforts, including work to increase cataract surgical volumes, eliminate trachoma as a public health problem, a major prevalence survey and an early draft of the national plan for 2016-2020. With very exciting news, Xiang Hu said the government was considering a national response to reduce the prevalence of uncorrected refractive error. Studies have found that myopia...

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By Alessandro Di Capua | On Thursday 5th November 2015 | 0 Comments

‘Working together’ wasn’t just a slogan emblazoned on the stage backdrop at the Beijing hotel hosting the 2015 Council of Members meetings. It was also the aim and ethos resonating through all the presentations and discussions which took place over five days this October in the Chinese capital.

Collaboration and partnership are obviously core values of IAPB and the Council of Members is the annual opportunity when member organisations can share and celebrate progress in our global campaign to eliminate avoidable blindness and visual impairment. It was also heartening though to witness how this annual members’ gathering has now become an effective platform for many members to explore innovative collaborations, launch call for new alliances and reinforce established partnerships. 

Both within the main programme of meetings, as well as in the many parallel events taking place on the back of it, the watch-word was 'collaboration'. Among many examples:

Kovin Naidoo of the Brien Holden Vision Institute made an impassioned call for coming together to tackle the emerging myopic epidemic (particularly evident in China) and launched a new global community dedicated to...

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