Strategic Plan 2013-17

In September 2013 IAPB approved its new strategic plan 2013-17 at the Council of Members meeting. The new plan was developed in consultation with the membership and is closely aligned to the objectives of the new Global Action Plan for the Prevention of Avoidable Blindness and Visual Impairment 2014-2019 – Towards Universal Eye Health, approved at the World Health Assembly in May 2013.

This strategy is the strategy for the members of IAPB, when acting collaboratively together. It is not a strategy for individual members acting in their own capacity; and it is not a strategy only for the staff employed by IAPB. The term ‘IAPB’, as used in this strategy, refers to the totality of the alliance of members when working together, acting with the support of the staff they employ.
The strategic plan 2013-17 has an overall goal and three broad strategic aims: advocacy, knowledge/skills/cost-effectiveness, and resourcing the strategy.

Goal 2013-17

Access to eye health, particularly for the most marginalised, is increased significantly, fulfilling their right to sight.

Indicator: the prevalence and causes of visual impairment;
Target: a 25% reduction in the prevalence of avoidable visual impairment by 2019 from the baseline of 2010, including a reduction in prevalence amongst the most marginalised.

Strategic Aim 1 – Advocacy

Changes to government policy, health systems and resourcing decisions at global, regional and national levels result in significantly increased access to eye health, particularly for the most marginalised.


  • To influence national government health policy and systems, and resourcing decisions to achieve the implementation of the actions proposed for Member States in the WHA Resolution 66.11 “Universal eye health: a global action plan 2014-2019” and other relevant WHA resolutions;
  • To influence global development policy processes to ensure they reflect disability and health as priorities, providing entry points for access to eye health.

Strategic Aim 2 – Knowledge/Skills/Cost-Effectiveness

IAPB members and other stakeholders are significantly more able to contribute effectively to eye health, particularly for the most marginalised.
  • To enhance knowledge of eye health, relevant health and development topics, research findings and state of the art practices amongst IAPB Members and other stakeholders;
  • To enhance IAPB Members’ and other stakeholders skills in key areas of eye health delivery and advocacy;
  • To enable IAPB Members and others to collaborate effectively with a view to enhancing the quality and coverage of eye health systems.

Strategic Aim 3 – Resourcing the Strategy

IAPB’s structures, systems and resources are sufficient, and organised appropriately, to enable its members to deliver this strategy effectively and efficiently.
  • Members have a strong sense of ownership of, and engagement in, IAPB; and, as a result, commit time and energy to drive its work;
  • IAPB is adequately resourced to deliver this strategy.