Improving eye health: learning from the Avoidable Blindness Programme of 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…

Early Screening in the Pacific Essential for DR

On Monday November 11, Dr Anaseini Cama gave the Fred Hollows lecture at the Royal Australia New Zealand College of Opthalmologists (RANZCO) conference in Sydney. Dr Cama currently leads the Fred Hollows Foundation Australia trachoma elimination efforts in the Pacific Islands. Her distinguished career in ophthalmology has taken her around the region as PacEyes President…

Vision 2020 USA Marks WSD19 Luncheon Briefing

Moderated by Mitchell V. Brinks, MD, MPH, Chair of Vision 2020 USA, the October 17 World Sight Day Congressional Briefing, shared insights on the promise of Artificial Intelligence (AI), Information Technology (IT) and Big Data for vision and eye health. Dr. Brinks first noted the newly laid out road map for the future provided by the recently…

XOVA 2019 Winners

XOVA is an award programme sponsored by Novartis Pharma AG. XOVA is intended for medical specialists who have devised initiatives that are expected to have significant impact on unmet needs in the fields of ophthalmology and optometry. This year 134 non-profit eye health initiatives from 35 countries were submitted to the eXcellence in Ophthalmology Vision…

Council of Members: Learning from experts and opportunity to convene and discuss vital issues

Congratulations to IAPB on another successful Council of Members (CoM) meeting!  For all of us in the global eye health community, the CoM is a pivotal opportunity to learn from leading experts through engaging plenaries and breakout sessions. To explore collaboration opportunities with partners, to share lessons learned and best practices with colleagues and to…

Lions Clubs International Foundation SightFirst Grants 2020

The deadline to submit Letters of Intent (LOI) for the 2020 SightFirst Research Program is December 2, 2019. The Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) provides funds to support public health research initiatives that evaluate and directly influence the operation of the SightFirst program, Lions’ premier initiative to strengthen eye care systems in underserved communities. SightFirst Research…

The Kilimanjaro Center for Community Ophthalmology

The Kilimanjaro Center for Community Ophthalmology (KCCO) works with partners to support the implementation of programmes in Africa in the areas of comprehensive eye care, childhood blindness and low vision, and trachoma elimination. Through its three pillars of activities (planning and change implementation, training and capacity building, and operational research), KCCO is currently supporting activities…

WHO Regional office for Africa update on Eye Health

The World Health Organization, Regional office for Africa (WHO-AFRO), through its Non-communicable disease cluster, in collaboration with partners, continues to support Member States to improve access to eye health care with a focus on primary health care and community levels. Ongoing, planned, and other long term planned activities are outlined as follows: 1. Catalogue of…

COECSA & Partners Support the development of ROP, Retinoblastoma and DR Guidelines

Through a collaborative project dubbed, Health Systems Strengthening Project in ECSA Region, COECSA has supported the development of clinical management guidelines in Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP) and Diabetic Retinopathy in Kenya. The project has also supported the development and dissemination of the Retinoblastoma and Diabetic Retinopathy guidelines in the Republic of Tanzania. The project, in…

Major study into avoidable blindness in the occupied Palestinian territories is complete

The Palestinian population has a rate of blindness which is ten times as high as in the West, but insufficient research has been conducted. This means those attempting to combat preventable blindness in the region have little understanding of where to focus their efforts. A Rapid Assessment of Avoidable Blindness (RAAB) is a population-based survey…

Eye Health Hero: Simon Arunga

Dr. Simon Arunga works at the Mbarara Regional Referral Hospital Eye Centre (MURHEC) in Mbarara, Uganda. MURHEC is the beneficiary institution of an LCIF SightFirst grant that seeks to establish the first diabetic retinopathy screening and treatment programme in southwestern Uganda. As an ophthalmologist working at the beneficiary institution, Dr. Arunga works closely with the…

The Fred Hollows Foundation launches new Indigenous Australia Program

The Fred Hollows Foundation has committed its biggest-ever investment to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander eye health with the launch of its new Indigenous Australia Program Five Year Country Strategy. The strategy will see The Foundation invest at least $40 million over the next five years to closing the eye health gap for Aboriginal and…

Quality Improvement of Laser Treatment (QUILT)

Diabetes mellitus is rapidly increasing as a major cause of death and organ damage globally. According to the World Health Organization and International Diabetes Federation, the number of people living with diabetes was 425 million in 2017 and is projected to rise to 629 million in 2045. One of the most feared complications of diabetes…