Author: Bob McMullan

Bob McMullan

President
Organisation: International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB)

PNG’s Eye Health Heroes

President
Organisation: International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB)

I have been reading with dismay the sad stories of the impact of PNG government budget decisions on the hospital sector. It seems to me we are short of positive stories about what development assistance can achieve. Therefore, it was a pleasure to be reminded of a positive experience within the PNG hospital sector which continues to…

Bob McMullan on the IAPB WSD14 Event – and the future

President
Organisation: International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB)

My first response to the proceedings on World Sight Day in Mexico is one of gratitude. Gratitude to the organisers, of course, but also to the many government, professional and NGO representatives who made it so successful. What did we learn? First: that with the cooperation of the range of professional eye health bodies and…

Vision 2014: Seizing the Opportunity

President
Organisation: International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB)

A few months ago, Maryanne Diamond [Immediate Past President, World Blind Union] invited me to speak at ‘Vision2014’, the International Society for Low Vision Research and Rehabilitation’s 11th International Conference on Low Vision in 2014 in Melbourne, Australia, earlier this month. As I have never been able to refuse any “request” from Maryanne I accepted…

New UK Govt report focuses attention on disability

President
Organisation: International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB)

The UK House of Commons’ International Development Committee has recently released a report on its inquiry into disability and development. The report includes a number of recommendations to strengthen the UK government’s response to disability in its development and humanitarian work.  One element of any successful medium term strategy for mobilising more global resources for…