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By Saloni Nagpaul | On Wednesday 15th February 2017 | 1 Comment

The StrongerTogether photo competition attracted a lot of quality submissions from around the world; each with a story to tell. We will be sharing some of these stories on our blog over the coming weeks. The first in the series is about the Eye Care Foundations run for charity, with pictures and inputs by Lia Marmelstein-de Koning—thank you Lia!

Jeffrey van Haastrecht at the Dam tot Damloop run

Jeffrey van Haastrecht at the Dam tot Damloop run/ Photo courtesy: Lia Marmelstein-de Koning

Jeffrey van Haastrecht was a 23- year-old sous-chef when he lost his vision to Leber optic atrophy, a genetic condition. “Within two months I went from being able to see 100% to a vision of 5%. Unfortunately, I see nothing but light and dark. My eyes are fine, but the images are not passed on to my brain", Jeffrey says.

Despite having to give up on his dream of being a soccer player, Jeffrey hasn’t let his condition dampen his enthusiasm for life. Being athletic and staying fit are essential to him. So, he and his friend Thara Philippi began to run in March 2016. 


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By Damian Facciolo | On Wednesday 15th February 2017 | 0 Comments

Screening for trachoma in Papua New Guinea

Screening for trachoma in Papua New Guinea

Through strong collaborations and evidence, several governments in the Western Pacific can now claim trachoma is no longer a public health problem. For many more, trachoma elimination is in sight.

So where are we with trachoma in the Western Pacific?

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By Heather Machin | On Monday 13th February 2017 | 0 Comments

Slit lamp examination

I am pleased to inform IAPB members that the Centre for Eye Research Australia (CERA) (an IAPB member) is commencing a new online international qualification course for eye bankers, delivered in conjunction with the University of Melbourne.

The course is ideal for staff already working in eye banks, as well as others wishing to improve their knowledge and skills. The content appeals to ophthalmologists, medical scientists, nurses, technicians and development-programme managers who may find themselves in the position of managing or building a new eye bank or addressing equitable access issues at various levels.

The course is driven by the Eye Bank Association of Australia and New Zealand (EBAANZ) and Australia’s Donatelife, to meet minimum professional qualification requirements in Australia and New Zealand. The course also addresses an international call for education at a higher level.

An international team of expert eye bankers, corneal surgeons, bioethicists and immunologists came together to develop the course.

Led by CERA’s own Dr Graeme Pollock and myself (Representatives of another IAPB member - the Global Alliance of Eye Bank Associations), the course aims to...

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By Susan Evans | On Monday 30th January 2017 | 0 Comments





2016 was an incredibly busy year for us here at SiB. We closed out our last Phase IV project and set up 14 new projects, 4 of which introduce themselves here. So we now have over 40 SiB projects running! To see where all our SiB projects are, click here.

With so many SiB projects being implemented, there is a wealth of knowledge & experience to learn from. So in this SiB newsletter we have articles on:

The innovation fund projects continue to develop creative solutions to challenges within the eye care sector. For example Headstart, a realistic mannequin that contains a model of an eye and eyelid that surgical trainees use to practice their skills in a no-risk environment. Click here to find out more.


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