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…

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,…

Strengthening patient referral systems and diagnosis and treatment services in Pakistan

  Strengthening referral systems and diagnosis and treatment services in three hospitals in Pakistan has resulted in more than 50,000 diabetic patients being screened and treated for Sight-Threatening Diabetic Retinopathy in four years. Sightsavers ‘Seeing is Believing’ project – “Strengthening Pakistan’s Response to Diabetic Retinopathy” – is designed to prevent visual impairment due to Diabetic…

2018 in Review: Global Advocacy

A key focus for IAPB advocacy in 2018 was contributing to the development of the World Report on Vision and planning for its advocacy and national-level launches. During the year, IAPB organised members’ webinars and consultations, and coordinated contributions to the report. IAPB also submitted to the consultation and co-authored a background paper with members, and…

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,…

CoM 2018: Presentations

Day 1 Early Bird & Breakfast Sessions: 1. Introduction to IAPB Membership Membership 101, Emma Foote [PPTX, 5.6 MB] Workgroups, Suzanne Gilbert [PPTX, 68 KB] Plenary 1 Address from Dr Alarcos Cieza, Coordinator Disability & Rehabilitation, WHO and Peter Holland, CEO IAPB WHO Report on World Vision, Alarcos Cieza [PPTX, 1.2 MB] Watch Dr Alarcos…

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…