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The World Health Organization has launched a survey to identify the 50 top technologies people need worldwide to improve their lives. The survey, will use the information gathered to build the WHO Priority Assistive Products List (APL). The tool will set the standard for the most essential assistive products that should be available in a health system.

UK charity Vision for a Nation, which runs a ground-breaking national eye care programme in Rwanda, today announces that it has provided Peek Vision, the London based start-up, with accelerator funding of £50,000.

Peek (Portable Eye Examination Kit) enables health workers to examine and diagnose eye diseases using a smartphone, which could potentially revolutionise the way eye care is delivered worldwide.

Jenny Pomeroy | Image courtesy: preventblindness.org

Prevent Blindness invites applications for the Jenny Pomeroy Award for Excellence in Vision and Public Health.
The Jenny Pomeroy Award for Excellence in Vision and Public Health is presented annually to an individual, team, or organization that has made significant contributions to the advancement of public health related to vision and eye health at the community, state, and/or national level.

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The World Health Organisation (WHO) has recently released a draft global health strategy for human resources titled “Global strategy on human resources for health: Workforce 2030 (download below)”. Crucially, this strategy makes specific reference to eye health workers and specialist heath workers (Background #16), and, in Annex 2, includes cataract as one of 12 tracer indicators.

This strategy will now be presented at the Executive Board of WHO this month and then, in all likelihood, will be adopted at the 69th World Health Assembly in May 2016.

The Accessible Books Consortium (ABC) is compiling an international database of accessible book sources, both online and within countries.  

ABC wants to identify both lending (free) and commercial (for a fee) services that offer accessible books. The following link is an example of accessible book sources, mainly from the UK: https://www.getitrightfromagenuinesite.org/genuine-sites/ebooks/

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