Global Outreach is the New Normal

In our ever changing world and getting used to the new normal, what does this mean to us?  As we move forward we ask ourselves these questions. Who – are we and how can we continue to work not only internationally but also locally. What – what is the new normal and how do we…

UN Friends of Vision Supports UN Resolution

Head of Policy and Advocacy
Organisation: IAPB

Highlights:  Strong support for an UNGA resolution on vision  Bangladesh and Ireland join the leadership of the Friends of Vision  UN virtual events on eye health planned This week we held our first virtual meeting of the Friends of Vision group. Over 70 people were in attendance from more than 40 countries, with 20 Member States…

World Environment Day 2020

The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) is an alliance of civil society organisations, corporates and professional bodies promoting eye health through advocacy, knowledge and partnerships.
Organisation: IAPB

Today we are excited to celebrate #WorldEnvironmentDay2020! The IAPB Climate Action Working Group (CAWG) has been working hard over the past 8 months to develop clear, actionable and meaningful guidance to the eye health sector to act #ForNature. We join other leaders in healthcare advocating to accelerate efforts to mitigate eye health’s own climate impact,…

Digital Technology webinars: A Round-up

Communications Manager
Organisation: IAPB

IAPB was delighted to host two webinars on the role of digital strategies and innovations in delivering eye health during the COVID-19 pandemic. On 19 May, Jude Stern, our Head of Knowledge, spoke to Prof Tien Wong, Medical Director, Singapore National Eye Centre (SNEC) on the role of digital technologies in delivering eye care. The…

Advocacy Update: WHA Roundup

Head of Policy and Advocacy
Organisation: IAPB

Last week we saw the first virtual World Health Assembly. This enabled many more of us to participate and watch the speeches and Member State statements live. If you missed it you can still access the recorded sessions on the WHO website. There was a strong call for global cooperation and many Member States expressed…

New Director of Programmes and Advocacy at Light for the World

The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) is an alliance of civil society organisations, corporates and professional bodies promoting eye health through advocacy, knowledge and partnerships.
Organisation: IAPB

Jess Blijkers has taken office as the new International Director of Programmes and Advocacy at Light for the World since 15th April 2020. She replaces Sabine Rehbichler, who is pursuing further education. Jess has been working at Light for the World since April 2011 in different functions, from Advocacy and Awareness Raising, to coordinating the…

The future of vision care will require reinvention

Global Executive Director
Organisation: Vision Impact Institute

Over the past several weeks, the world has experienced what journalists and politicians (and even our friends) call the “new normal.” Homes have transformed into offices and classrooms, in-person conferences have shifted to digital platforms, and our routine way of living has been challenged in ways we never anticipated. Due to this active pandemic, our…

WHA 73 – COVID-19, eye health and IAPB statement on behalf of the global eye care sector

Head of Policy and Advocacy
Organisation: IAPB

The 73rd World Health Assembly took place at the beginning of this week. The annual convention typically brings together health ministers, international organisations and NGOs in Geneva for a week of speeches, technical briefings, side events and meetings. However, for the first time in the WHA’s history the meeting was held virtually. The agenda was…

The summary report of Bhutan School Sight Programme

Uncorrected refractive error (URE) is the leading cause of visual impairment. It is also the second major cause of blindness and the most common eye disorder in children. All of this despite being an easily treatable (with spectacles) condition.  Considering its high prevalence, impact on global economy and the effect on the quality of life…

Impact of COVID-19 on eye care in SEA region

The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) is an alliance of civil society organisations, corporates and professional bodies promoting eye health through advocacy, knowledge and partnerships.
Organisation: IAPB
COVID-19 has had a tremendous impact on eye care delivery across the globe. Country chairs and directors list out the specific impact in their countries. Bangladesh In terms of NGO eye hospital operations across the country, a brief is given below and the government has already issued a guideline and it been strictly followed. All…

Preliminary findings of Nepal RAAB

IAPB South East Asia Regional Coordinator
Organisation: IAPB

The ongoing RAAB survey in Nepal has been halted due to current Covid-19 crisis in the country. Nepal introduced a new political system in 2015, under which there are 7 provinces in the country. Under this, the health administration and planning is the responsibility of the provincial government.  The aim with the RAABs is that…

BHVI and the Brien Holden Foundation: Building enduring strategies for recovery from COVID-19

The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) is an alliance of civil society organisations, corporates and professional bodies promoting eye health through advocacy, knowledge and partnerships.
Organisation: IAPB

In this year of unprecedented change and recalibration, BHVI and the Brien Holden Foundation have worked together to ensure that their staff and programmes receive the support they need. To enhance the work of both organisations and focus the strengths of existing staff, a senior management reshuffle has been announced. Tim Fricke, who was appointed…

Dr. K. Zaman BNSB Eye Hospital continuing their services during the Covid-19 pandemic

The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) is an alliance of civil society organisations, corporates and professional bodies promoting eye health through advocacy, knowledge and partnerships.
Organisation: IAPB
The World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 as a pandemic on 11th March 2020. Like the rest of the world, Bangladesh is also facing the toll of this highly transmissible zoonotic disease. The spread can be delayed or more precisely flattened by isolation of cases, quarantine of contacts and social distancing of non-infected people. Bangladesh…

Webinar: Eye health and COVID-19: the response at United Nations

The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) is an alliance of civil society organisations, corporates and professional bodies promoting eye health through advocacy, knowledge and partnerships.
Organisation: IAPB
We are also delighted to announce a webinar on "Eye health and COVID-19: the response at United Nations" with Ambassador Aubrey Webson, Permanent Representative of Antigua and Barbuda to the UN, and Chair of the UN Friends of Vision; Robert Skinner, Executive Director at UN Office for Partnerships and will be led by Jessica Crofts-Lawrence, Head of…

Webinar: Cost Effective Innovations in Eye Care

The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) is an alliance of civil society organisations, corporates and professional bodies promoting eye health through advocacy, knowledge and partnerships.
Organisation: IAPB
Jude Stern, Head of Knowledge at IAPB will be hosting our third COVID-19 webinar on Cost-effective innovations in eye care during the COVID-19 pandemic. Jude will be speaking to Dr Renjaraj Venkatesh from Aravind Eye Hospital and Guan Chengdong from Orbis International. Webinar Date: 20 May 2020 Time: 1200 hrs, IST Register for free

International Nurses’ Day : Experiences from Spain and Barbados

The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) is an alliance of civil society organisations, corporates and professional bodies promoting eye health through advocacy, knowledge and partnerships.
Organisation: IAPB
On International Nurse’s Day, accounts from Spain and Barbados... Javier Medina Hello! I am a nurse in Spain, specifically in Southern Spain, in Seville. I work in a private health clinic, which belongs to a national network of clinics dedicated exclusively to ophthalmology called Miranza. We carry out all kind of interventions related to ophthalmology,…

Celebrating our Nurses at the Fred Hollows Foundation

Nurse Aizel Chico Since the early days of The Fred Hollows Foundation more than two decades ago, nurses and frontline health workers have been the engine that powers our sight-saving work. Which is why there’s no better time to salute these professionals than on International Nurses Day, wherever they are and whatever good work they…

International Nurse’s Day: My COVID-19 experience, so far… (Australia)

Who would have thought that in the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife, and on International Nurse's Day, that the crucial role of nurses would have been so front and centre!   As an ICU nurse away from the bedside for 9 years this period has been challenging and pride inducing. Whilst the ventilation skills…