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…

Ophthalmic Nurses Play Crucial Role in Occupied Palestinian Territories

St John of Jerusalem Eye Hospital Group has been working to end preventable blindness in the occupied Palestinian territories for 137 years. Throughout our history, in one of the world’s most politically unstable regions, one constant has been the steadfast dedication of our medical and nursing staff.  Over 200 nurses have been trained through our…

Collaboration the key to better eye health outcomes in Bangladesh

In Jessore, Bangladesh, one of the first things villagers see when Zinnat Ara approaches, is her big smile. After 10 years of work as a Maternal Health Worker (MHW), people come from everywhere to ensure she sees them. Zinnat visits about 20 houses and sees around 90 to 100 people a day in the Mollapara…

World Sight Day 2019

World Sight Day—the most important advocacy and communications day in the eye health calendar—is on 10 October 2019. When was the last time you got an eye exam? Your family, friends and colleagues? This World Sight Day, let’s pledge to take an eye exam—and encourage others to do the same! We have the data and…

Community Eye Care (C-Eye-C) Clinic impacting public health care

Belinda Ford (Westmead research fellow), Dr Philemon Huang (Westmead glaucoma fellow), Dr Rohan Gupta (Westmead glaucoma fellow) on Community Eye Care (C-Eye-C) Clinic impacting public health care. If you ask a room full of patients in the public hospital’s eye clinic about their experience, you might hear the same story repeated over and over. The…

Singapore to host IAPB General Assembly in 2020

The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness’ (IAPB) 11th General Assembly (11GA) will be held in Singapore from 12th-14thOctober 2020. The Singapore Eye Research Institute (SERI) will be hosting 11GA in “The Lion City”. Immediate Release: The next edition of the premier global event on public health and eye care, the 11th IAPB General Assembly,…

IAPB 2020 Global Assembly

Save the date! IAPB’s 2020 Global Assembly will be in Singapore. The world-renown Singapore Eye Research Institute (SERI) are our local organising partners. It will present a great opportunity to take stock, celebrate successes and make plans for the future. A key focus will be on the WHO’s World Report on Vision and its framework…

Eye health can no longer be overlooked in universal health coverage

The theme of this year’s World Health Day is universal health coverage (UHC). Momentum is building around universal health coverage, that is, health for all without suffering financial hardship, with many countries around the world taking steps to achieve it. Eye health has historically not been conceived as being central to healthcare, the priority has…