La Genética Médica en la Prevención de Padecimientos Oculares

La genética médica es una rama de la medicina que estudia la herencia de las enfermedades del ser humano, los mecanismos que las ocasionan, su diagnóstico, manejo y cómo transmitir información correspondiente a los pacientes y sus familias; a este último punto le llamaremos asesoramiento genético. De manera general, clasificamos las enfermedades genéticas en multifactoriales,…

LCIF Enhances Grant Support for Diabetes

On World Diabetes Day, Karen Kilberg, Lions Clubs International Foundation on how LCIF has enhanced support for diabetes. 2017 was an exciting year for Lions Clubs International. We celebrated our centennial year of service and entered into a new century by adding four new global causes to our priority areas of focus. To mark our…

How the Trust is tackling blindness caused by diabetes in India

On World Diabetes Day, Annike Spiller, The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust on how the Trust is tackling blindness caused by diabetes in India. India is home to the highest number of people with diabetes in the Commonwealth. It’s the country’s fastest growing disease, affecting nearly 73 million people. Diabetes and its impact Diabetes can be…

Diabetes related vision problems a concern in PNG capital

Press Release Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, 30 October 2018: A study of diabetic retinopathy and diabetes in the National Capital District (NCD) of Papua New Guinea (PNG) has found high rates of vision related disease and undiagnosed diabetes.1 Published in the British Journal of Ophthalmology, the research estimates that almost 50% of those 50 years…

Inspiring Action, Promoting Change — Integrated care for diabetes and eye health

On World Diabetes Day, Brandon Ah Tong, the Fred Hollows Foundation on the Integrated care for diabetes and eye health : A global compendium for good practice.  Many of us in the eye health sector will be well familiar with the fact that Diabetic Retinopathy (DR) affects an estimated one third of all people with diabetes…

The Dubai Health Authority and Noor Dubai Foundation sign MoU to benefit those suffering from critical eye disease

Press release UAE, Dubai, October 11, 2018: The Dubai Health Authority (DHA) and Noor Dubai Foundation signed a MoU on Thursday (11 October) to benefit UAE residents in need, who are suffering from critical eye diseases or chronic diseases that may lead to visual impairment. The MoU was signed on World Sight Day, which falls on…

2019 SightFirst Research Grants

The deadline to submit Letters of Intent (LOI) for the 2019 SightFirst Research Program is December 3, 2018. 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…

IAPB Council: A Roundup

The IAPB Council of Members 2018 was a new and exciting opportunity for members to meet, take part in member-led sessions and to connect with new partners. We’d like to thank the teams at L V Prasad Eye Institute and the Gullapalli Pratibha Rao International Centre for Advancement of Rural Eye Care (GPR ICARE) for…

Major research underway into avoidable blindness in the occupied Palestinian territories

St John of Jerusalem Eye Hospital Group (SJEHG) is conducting its second-ever Rapid Assessment of Avoidable Blindness (RAAB) study in the occupied Palestinian territories (oPt). The study began in July 2018. RAAB is a population-based survey of adults age 50 years and over, using rapid examination techniques. Over 200 RAABs have been completed worldwide, providing…

A Global Compendium on Good Practice: Integrated care for diabetes and eye health

“Integrated care for diabetes and eye health: A global compendium of good practice” documents a series of “real world” case studies that showcase current initiatives to advance integrated care for DR across the spectrum of health promotion, prevention, early intervention and treatment in a range of different contexts and resource settings. The compendium has been designed…

CoM 2018: Live Streaming

NEW: Live-streaming sessions For the first time, those of you are unable to attend the IAPB Council can still see some of our sessions via live-streaming. Sessions, including the Plenary by Dr Alarcos Cieza, World Health Organization’s Coordinator for Disability and Rehabilitation and IAPB CEO Peter Holland, sessions on eye health financing, emerging technologies in…

Fighting an epidemic in the Pacific Islands: Vanuatu

On World Diabetes Day,  Emily Edwards, The Fred Hollows Foundation NZ and Basil Aitap, National Eye Coordinator at Vila Central Hospital write about a recent outreach to Port Vila in Vanuatu, and their work to tackle the devastating impact of diabetic eye disease there. The vibrant, green landscapes of Vanuatu in the South of the Western Pacific…

Eye Health Hero: Anagha Joshi

Anagha Joshi is a rising star making a difference at the Australian College of Optometry. Her role at ACO is to provide quality eye care services to the most vulnerable and disadvantaged people, which includes outreach and service delivery to communities who would not have access to eye care otherwise, such as disability homes, homeless people,…

Australian government extends programme addressing DR in Indigenous population

Press release: 1 August 2018, Sydney, Australia: The Australian Government has provided a further $2.5 million for retinal cameras and training. The national programme provides eye health testing equipment, and also training and support for the health services using the equipment. The programme is co-led by Brien Holden Vision Institute and the Australian College of Optometry,…