Council highlights Gender Equity

Chief Executive Officer
Organisation: The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness
I was delighted that the Council of Members meeting this year shone a spotlight on gender equity in both our programme work and within our organisations. When the world invests in girls and women, everybody wins - Women Deliver. The latest data shows that 55% of the world’s vision impaired are women. In industrialised countries…

Vacancy: Regional Medical Advisor – Asia

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 Fred Hollows Foundation is looking to fill the position of a Regional Medical Advisor Asia. A unique opportunity for a qualified Ophthalmologist Bring your expertise to help us deepen our impact and end avoidable blindness Permanent or retained Consultancy position, preferably based in either Vietnam, Nepal, Philippines, Cambodia, China, Laos, Myanmar or India.  The…

Children with visual impairment lag behind in school and learning: A study

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

Children with visual impairment are lagging behind in both school enrollment and learning outcomes, according to new research from the World Bank and the EYElliance released on the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. School eye health programmes, which provide vision screening and eyeglasses to children in schools, are a simple solution. The study, Looking Ahead:…

An eye camp in Sumbawanga

Project Manager Sumbawanga
Organisation: The German Committee for the Prevention of Blindness

Since November 2017, The German Committee for the Prevention of Blindness (DKVB) has been engaged in Sumbawanga, the capital of the isolated region of Rukwa in south-west Tanzania.  When we started, the entire region had only one cataract surgeon, 2 optometrists and three ophthalmic nurses. Over the last two years, another 15 ophthalmic nurses have been…

IAPB LA Regional Activities for first quarter of 2020

Regional Chair for IAPB Latin America
Organisation: IAPB

For the first quarter of 2020, IAPB Latin America region will carry forward three main regional activities, which are: 1). The biannual meeting for the Center for Integral Attention for Visual Disability (CADIVI) at Hospital Nuestra Señora de la Luz (IAPB member) with primary focus on Visual Rehabilitation. This will be led by two main…

Caroline Harper awarded the Hemingway Award

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

Dr Caroline Harper CBE, Chief Executive of Sightsavers, has been selected by the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (RSTMH) and the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM) as the winner of the first Hemingway Award. She receives the award for her work transforming the funding landscape for trachoma, a neglected tropical disease. In…

Leaving a lasting impact: The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust

Chief Executive
Organisation: The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust

The year 2012 marked Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee as Queen and as Head of the Commonwealth. It was the latter – her sixty years’ remarkable service to the Commonwealth – that prompted the creation of the Trust, with the blessing of Commonwealth Heads of Government.  The Trust’s mission was clear: to mark…

Improving eye health: learning from the Avoidable Blindness Programme of The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust

Director of Programmes
Organisation: The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust
When I joined the Trust in early 2013, I was new to the field of avoidable blindness and eye health, although I had been involved in supporting systems change for quite some time. Six years later, I am still not an expert in eye health, but our programmes across the Commonwealth have generated lots of…

RAAB Survey Completed in Rohingya Refugee Population in Cox Bazaar, Bangladesh

IAPB South East Asia Regional Coordinator
Organisation: IAPB

The Rohingya population of Rakhine state in Myanmar started flooding neighboring Bangladesh from August 2017, fleeing from conflict. Since then it is estimated that more than a million Rohingya refugees currently reside in Cox Bazaar District, Bangladesh. UN agencies and many international governments and non-governmental organizations are supporting the Bangladeshi government to cope with this…

Revolutionizing Access to Glasses within Assistive Technology — session at the Council

IAPB Advocacy Manager
Organisation: IAPB

Set against a backdrop of coalescing opportunities to change the lives of the billion plus people affected by uncorrected vision, I hosted a session focused on driving access and affordability of glasses at IAPB’s Council of Members. With new sets of actors within the eye health landscape, the publication of the WHO’s World Report on…

RAAB Survey in Nepal

IAPB South East Asia Regional Coordinator
Organisation: IAPB

Nepal is one of the countries in the South-east Asia region where the national blindness survey takes place at regular intervals.  In 1981, the Nepal Blindness survey was one of the only few scientific national blindness surveys. Its results were published by the Seva Foundation (IAPB member).  Based on the survey results, a national master…

Eye Health Expert’s meeting in Kathmandu

IAPB South East Asia Regional Coordinator
Organisation: IAPB

After the global launch of the World Report of Vision (WRV) in October 2019, IAPB South- East Asia (SEA) is working closely with WHO SEARO for its operationalization at the regional level. We have to schedule the regional and national level launch soon to achieve its targets of universal health coverage and Sustainable Development Goals…

New Health Policy in Nepal

IAPB South East Asia Regional Coordinator
Organisation: IAPB

Nepal is a country where eye health services are primarily delivered by non-governmental organizations.  More than 90% of eye health services are delivered by local IAPB members; Nepal Netra Jyoti Sangh and Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology. These local members are supported by members such as CBM (Germany),  Eye Care Foundation (Netherlands), the Himalayan Cataract Project…

Bhutan School Sight Programme

IAPB South East Asia Regional Coordinator
Organisation: IAPB

It is well known that uncorrected refractive error is the leading cause of visual impairment and the most common eye disorder in children. Considering its high prevalence, socioeconomic impact and psychological effect, refractive error has gained priority as a public health challenge globally. Early diagnosis and appropriate refractive correction is among the most cost-effective interventions…

First Eye Hospital in Bhutan

IAPB South East Asia Regional Coordinator
Organisation: IAPB

The first ever Eye Hospital in Bhutan is now open at the capital in Thimpu! It was inaugurated by Her Majesty, Gyalyum Kesang Choeden Wangchuck, the Queen Grandmother of Bhutan. IAPB member, the Himalayan Cataract Project (HCP) and Wen Giving Foundation, an organisation based in Malaysia are giving  technical and financial support. HCP is involved…

What exactly is the World Report on Vision?!

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) launched a new report on World Sight Day this year: the World Report on Vision. The World Report on Vision provides the best available evidence on the global magnitude of eye conditions and vision impairment, takes stock of progress made and the remaining challenges facing the eye care sector,…

Vision Screenings at the UN Secretariat

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

IAPB, and IAPB members Clearly, OneSight, Sightsavers, The Fred Hollows Foundation, VisionSpring, and The Vision Council came together to organize an eye exhibition and vision screenings at the UN Secretariat Lobby under the umbrella of UN Friends of Vision yesterday (21 November). This was an opportunity to raise the profile of the important issue of…

Professor David Mabey to receive Prince Mahidol Award 2019

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

David Mabey, Professor of Communicable Diseases and Head of the Department of Clinical Research at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, has been selected to receive the Prince Mahidol Award 2019 in the field of Public Health. Professor David Mabey is a leading physician whose work has made a huge impact on the health…