CNIB launches Guide Dog Training Programme

Press Release 26 April 2017 Volunteer Puppy Raisers Needed in Toronto, Winnipeg and Halifax The Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB) is beginning its 100th year with the launch of the CNIB Guide Dog Programme to raise and train guide dogs – exclusively for people with sight loss. The programme’s first two puppies have…

Training guide dogs

A guide dog with its user/ Photo credit: Thomas Barstad Eckhoff On the occasion of International Guide Dog Day, Terje Iversen, Director International Development and Cooperation, of the Norwegian Association of the Blind and Partially Sighted, an IAPB member, discusses about their school for training guide dogs and the challenges they face with Saloni Nagpaul. Of the 285…

Rehabilitation in health systems: guide for action

There is great variation across countries regarding the rehabilitation needs of the population, characteristics of the health system and the challenges that face rehabilitation. For this reason, it is important for each country to identify their own priorities and develop a rehabilitation strategic plan. To assist countries to develop a comprehensive, coherent and beneficial strategic…

Latin America Guide to Primary Open Angle Glaucoma

Glaucoma is the third leading cause of blindness in the world, after cataract, and it causes irreversible vision loss, in contrast to cataract which is reversible. The most frequent variants of the disease are open angle and angle-closure glaucoma, with open angle glaucoma being the most common in Latin America. The risk of blindness depends…

WASH + NNN Launch How To Guide for NTDs

The World Health Organization, in collaboration with the NTDs NGO Network (NNN) WASH Working Group, has published a toolkit, WASH and Health Working Together: a practical guide for Neglected Tropical Disease programmes, to drive successful, multisectoral partnerships between the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) and neglected tropical disease (NTD) sectors, mobilize resources, and design, implement…

2018 – Members share their highlights

2018 has been a fantastic year for the IAPB alliance. We finish 2018 with over 150 members and a couple of new members are set to join us early 2019. As this year comes to a close, we wanted to share with you some of the highlights from across the alliance; we asked a cross…

Eye Banking: SightLife’s Best Practices Guide

Luis Perez, Director of Advocacy, Claire Bonilla, CEO and Josie Noah, Vice-President of the Global Program at SightLife on their recently released best practices guide. The global community has made steady advances in the drive to eliminate needless blindness over the last several decades. A key driver for this progress has been to engage national…

Promoting the Rights of Assistance Dog Users

Celebrating International Guide Dog Day 2018. Losing one’s sight is certainly a life-changing event. But those fortunate enough to be paired with a guide dog usually say that is the greatest benefit they can have, short of regaining their sight.  A guide dog gives them back their independence, enabling them to get out and about…

Celebrating International Days in March 2018

IAPB members came together to celebrate not one but three International Health Days this month. International Women’s Day – 8 March Our Members came together on International Women’s Day to #PressForProgress and talk about the challenges they face while striving for Gender Equity in the Eye Health Community. Thanks to our Member and Patron contributors:…

Braille, books and me

On Global Accessbility Awareness Day, Emma Davies, IAPB’s Membership and Fundraising Officer reflects on her work with RNIB and why accessibility is so important. I first realised the importance of accessibility, when I started work for the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) at nineteen. I was aware of the needs of disabled people…

Diabetes Eye Health: a Guide for Health Professionals

The Fred Hollows Foundation and International Diabetes Federation have come together to develop ‘Diabetes Eye Health: a Guide to Health Professionals’. This new resource aims to raise awareness among health professionals about the growing prevalence of diabetic retinopathy and identifies key roles and actions health care professionals can take in prevention, screening, monitoring, and referral. The…

Zithromax® in the Elimination of Blinding Trachoma A Program Manager’s Guide

The International Trachoma Initiative (ITI) was founded in 1998 in response to the World Health Organization’s call to eliminate blinding trachoma by the year 2020 (GET2020). ITI’s founding partners, Pfizer and the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation, saw the need for an international nongovernmental organization dedicated solely to preventing blinding trachoma. This manual has been written…

WSD20 Social Messages

Use the hash tags  #HopeInSight #WSD2020 or #WorldSightDay Twitter: 1.2 Billion people need #glasses to see better. More than 75% of visual impairment is avoidable. Share a photo and help get the word out: #HopeInSight #WSD2020 #WorldSightDay @IAPB1 Join the #HopeInSight photo competition – what can we do to end Avoidable #Blindness? #WSD2020 Over 146m…

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…

SUSTAINABLE COMMITMENTS MADE AFTER THE APPROVAL OF NATIONAL SCHOOL EYE CARE GUIDELINES

Designed to improve the eye health of schoolchildren, the Viet Nam Child Eye Care (VNCEC) Project brought together partners from the health and education sectors to develop and adopt national guidelines on school eye care. This project is funded by Standard Chartered Bank, under the fifth phase of the “Seeing is Believing” initiative. Resulting from…

WSD19 Social Messages

Use the hash tags  #VisionFirst #WSD2019 or #WorldSightDay Twitter: 1.2 Billion people need #glasses to see better. More than 75% of visual impairment is avoidable. Share a photo and help get the word out: #VisionFirst! #WSD2019 #WorldSightDay @IAPB1 Join the #VisionFirst photo competition – what can we do to end Avoidable #Blindness? #WSD2019 ‘VisionFirst’ photo…

Guidelines for Myopia Management

Press Release: Sydney, Australia, 16 August 2018: Brien Holden Vision Institute has launched its “Guidelines for Myopia Management”, an easy-to-use, practical tool developed to assist the busy eye care professional manage patients with myopia. Available freely online, the guidelines provide a framework to inform diagnostic tests, risk assessment, appropriate myopia management options and scheduling follow-up visits and…

School Eye Health Guidelines

The IAPB School Eye Health Workgroup has released the “Standard Guidelines for Comprehensive School Eye Health programmes”. The document should help deliver standardised comprehensive eye health services to more than 700 million children attending schools around the world. (Need help to promote the guidelines? Download this presentation–in multiple languages).

School Eye Health Guidelines

The IAPB School Eye Health Workgroup has released the “Standard Guidelines for Comprehensive School Eye Health programmes”. These school eye health guidelines should help deliver standardised comprehensive eye health services to more than 700 million children attending schools around the world. The document covers a range of topics, including promoting hygiene and a healthy diet;…