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…

Winners of the #VisionFirst Photo Competition

Today is the day! Here are the winners of the 2019 VisionFirst! Photo Competition. We have 1 winner each and 5 runners-up each in two categories: Professional and Amateur. Before we take a look at the winning entries, a big shout-out to all our submitters, including those of you who come back to us year…

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…