Digital Technology webinars: A Round-up

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…

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

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…

Dr D’Esposito joins WHO WPRO

Dr Fabrizio D’Esposito has this week started as Technical Advisor to WHO West Pacific Regional Office. This short term consultancy is to evaluate the eye health programmes in the region and to contribute to the eye health section of the new regional NCD framework. IAPB is delighted that WHO has continued to support this position,…

Public Health Optometry: Training a future Workforce in the Pacific Islands

Optometry is a relatively new profession that has evolved differently in different countries around the world. Currently, Optometrists around the world work in health care as the primary eye care physicians. They face incredible challenges and contribute towards the global eye health needs. The current scenario shows the natural need of Optometrists to contribute in…

Primary care role of optometrists

On World Optometry Day, Dr Sandra Block highlights the core primary care role of optometrists... First, I would like to congratulate all optometrists on World Optometry Day for all that you do to help people all over the globe to see better. Being that this year is 2020, everyone is focused on vision. The year 2020 provides us a great opportunity to publicly advocate…

DR Barometer Webinar: From Evidence to Action – Good Practices from the DR Community

Diabetic retinopathy (DR), is a sight-threatening complication of diabetes, and among the leading causes of blindness and vision impairment around the world. The DR Barometer Community is a global action network of thought leaders and organizations who are working together to improve the vision health outcomes of adults with diabetes through interdisciplinary collaboration and knowledge…

IAPB Council of Members 2019 Round-up

The Council this year in Dar es Salaam brought together many strands of IAPB’s work. In the run-up to next year’s Global Assembly 2020, the Council showcased and discussed key themes that will light up our programme next year. Sessions covered a range of topics, including gender equity, climate-action, programme delivery, fundraising and Advocacy for…

2019 in Review: Highlights from IAPB Western Pacific

Looking back over 2019, it’s impossible not to also look ahead to 2020. The pivotal year that many of us have been working towards throughout our career in the eye health sector, is almost upon us. It’s only fitting that our members and stakeholders are keeping one eye on the future and that they expect…

2019 in Review: At a crossroads

The IAPB alliance is at a crossroads. Many major initiatives of the past are winding down, and we are putting together the framework for a bold and ambitious new future. During our Council of Members meetings this year in Dar es Salaam, I shook hands with representatives from two big, remarkable initiatives to tackle avoidable…

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…

CBM’s reflections from the IAPB Council of Members

Dr Irmela Erdmann, Dr Manfred Moerchen and Dr Demissie Tadesse, members of the CBM team share their thoughts and learning from their involvement in different sessions at the IAPB Council of Members. Inclusion and equity in eye health After many months of preparation, CBM and Sightsavers finally met for the interactive workshop “Leaving no one…

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…