About IAPB

Leading Blindness Prevention Efforts Worldwide

The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) is the overarching alliance for the global eye care sector. We have over 150 members worldwide drawn from NGOs and civil society, corporate organisations, professional bodies and research and eye care institutions.

We were founded in 1975 to lead international efforts in blindness prevention activities. We work towards a world where no one is needlessly visually impaired, in which everyone has access to the best possible standard of eye health, and eye care is a core part of Universal Health Coverage.

Our priorities are:

  • Advocacy: We advocate for eye health globally so it receives the attention and resources needed to achieve universal access to eye care;
  • Partnerships: We build coalitions and partnerships to mobilise action and generate change at a global and local level; and
  • Knowledge: We provide authoritative data and information on eye health enabling the sharing of knowledge and experience to promote the development of good policy and practice.