Steering Our Path Together to 2020
IAPB’s current strategic plan will end this year. Since its approval in 2013 much progress has been achieved thanks to the collective efforts the strategy engendered. A few milestones:
- National eye health plans aligned with the WHO’s Global Action Plan have sprung up across the globe, see for example just recently China and Vietnam;
- The capacity of the sector to carry out, review and learn from blindness prevalence surveys has grown remarkably;
- The sector has been equipped with a comprehensive platform bringing together data, advocacy tools and other features to help us align our messages and strengthen our voice;
- Our advocacy efforts have gained real purpose and focus, particularly around the case for eye care services to be key elements of Universal Health Coverage;
- A more transparent and accountable governance structure has been introduced to deepen your sense of ownership of, and engagement in, IAPB.
We believe we are now a more united, effective and relevant player in the health and development arenas than we were at the start of the current plan.
A New Plan: First steps
To kickstart the 2018-2020 strategic planning process, an initial short survey was developed for all those with an interest in eye health, from across all member and partner organisations. Answers will help us map the range of opportunities and threats those working to eliminate avoidable blindness and vision impairment face in their daily work, and how IAPB may help.
This survey is now closed. Many thanks to the nearly 300 individuals who have completed the survey.
Following that, a more in-depth questionnaire was emailed out to IAPB members only in order to collate member organisations’ views on what the next plan should include. Responses (only one per member organisation) are being collected till 28 February. If you are the main representative of an IAPB member and have not received the questionnaire please get in touch.
Answers from the two surveys, together with one-to-one consultations with a number of key stakeholders and a review of the external environment networks operate in, will inform a draft plan to be discussed at the IAPB Board meeting in Dubai, 3-5 April. Further consultations will then follow, leading to the approval of a new strategic plan at the IAPB Council meeting in Kathmandu, Nepal, on 15-18 September.
If you have any question on the IAPB’s strategic process, or would like to provide any feedback, please email [email protected].