Author: Alessandro Di Capua

Alessandro Di Capua

Membership Manager
Organisation: IAPB

IAPB Strategy: where we’re at

Membership Manager
Organisation: IAPB

As the IAPB Board of Trustees prepare to meet in Dubai on 4-5 April, with much of the meeting dedicated to strategic discussions and group work, let’s have a look at what’s been done so far to ensure our next strategy reflect our collective needs and ambitions.

IAPB calls for proposals to appoint 11GA’s PCO

Membership Manager
Organisation: IAPB

The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB), host, and the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (RANZCO), local organising partner, are pleased to invite organisations to tender for the appointment as Professional Congress Organiser (PCO) for the IAPB's 11th General Assembly (11GA) to be held in Auckland, New Zealand in March…

Value for Money of Disability Inclusive Development

Membership Manager
Organisation: IAPB

The value of leaving no one behind The Disability and Development Group of Bond, the UK membership body for organisations working in international development, has produced a paper making the case for inclusive and equitable considerations to be a core component of Value for Money (VfM) assessments. VfM has recently risen up the agenda of…

Welcoming the new IAPB Board and farewells

Membership Manager
Organisation: IAPB

IAPB President Bob McMullan with Victoria Sheffield, IAPB Vice President This October, alongside the 10th General Assembly, Durban also played host to the IAPB Board and Annual General Meeting. As in every Assembly year, this is a time of renewal for a number of seats and positions within the IAPB Board of Trustees. The terms for Officers…

Candidates for the IAPB Board announced

Membership Manager
Organisation: IAPB

We are now past the deadline for nominations to the eight elected seats on the IAPB Board, and IAPB is delighted to announce the candidates standing for election for 2016-2020. Five board members who were elected ad interim in 2014 (when the board was first opened up to membership-wide elections) and two new candidates are…

Nominations open for the IAPB Board

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Organisation: IAPB

IAPB is now accepting nominations for up to eight seats on the IAPB Board to start term at the AGM on 27 October in Durban, just before the opening of the 10th General Assembly. IAPB Board members are directors of the company and trustees of the charity and collectively act as the key governing body of…

New report on socio-economic benefits of investing in eyeglasses

Membership Manager
Organisation: IAPB

The World Economic Forum and the EYElliance published Eyeglasses for Global Development: Bridging the Visual Divide, a jointly authored report of collective findings on the urgent need for national governments, the private sector and development partners to substantially increase investment in providing eyeglasses to improve educational outcomes, increase productivity and stimulate the global economy. Download the report here.…

Nominees for IAPB Officers Announced

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Organisation: IAPB

Members’ nominations for candidates to serve as IAPB Officers for the term 2017-2020 have now closed. The incumbent President, Bob McMullan, was nominated to stand for a second term and the interim Vice President, Victoria Sheffield, was named to stand for her first full term of office. Debra Davis was nominated for the role of…

Nominations announced for IAPB Regional Chairs

Membership Manager
Organisation: IAPB

Seven new candidates and three incumbents responded to the call for nominations for Regional Chairs across IAPB’s seven regions. In two regions, Africa and Western Pacific, regional elections will be held to choose the preferred candidate among the nominees. In the Eastern Mediterranean, Europe and South East Asia the incumbent chairs stood for another term,…

Request for Proposals to Host 11th General Assembly in 2020

Membership Manager
Organisation: IAPB

Every four years IAPB holds its General Assembly, landmark events discussing progress in the fight against avoidable blindness and visual impairment. The first Assembly took place in the United Kingdom back in 1978 and the event has since touched on every region, with this year’s 10th General Assembly taking place in Durban, South Africa. Being…

IAPB Member Survey: We Asked You Said

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Organisation: IAPB

Respondents from over 50 member organisations and partners took part to the survey we circulated earlier this year. Member surveys are invaluable tools to ensure our activities and priorities are in tune with member needs, all the more important as we approach our next strategic planning cycle – so, first of all, let me say…

Nominations open for IAPB Regional Chairs

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Organisation: IAPB

IAPB is now accepting nominations for Regional Chairs across its seven regions, to start their term at the 10th General Assembly in Durban, 27-30 October 2016. Regional Chairs are voluntary positions leading IAPB’s regional activities. Regional Chairs also serve as Trustees on the IAPB Board. Read a full role description: in Word or PDF. For the…

WHO’s survey on essential assistive products

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Organisation: IAPB

The World Health Organization has launched a survey to identify the 50 top technologies people need worldwide to improve their lives. The survey, will use the information gathered to build the WHO Priority Assistive Products List (APL). The tool will set the standard for the most essential assistive products that should be available in a…

Help Sought for Database of Accessible Book Sources

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Organisation: IAPB

The Accessible Books Consortium (ABC) is compiling an international database of accessible book sources, both online and within countries.   ABC wants to identify both lending (free) and commercial (for a fee) services that offer accessible books. The following link is an example of accessible book sources, mainly from the UK: https://www.getitrightfromagenuinesite.org/genuine-sites/ebooks/ The list is…

Pioneering New Eye & Ear Instrument Launched

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Organisation: IAPB

Arclight, a low-cost, solar-powered ophthalmoscope aimed at helping health workers in low-income countries detect signs of blindness was launched on 25 January at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Designed specifically as an easy-to-use, pocket-sized tool for out-reach or screening programmes it enables users to make instant, on-the-spot diagnostic decisions. Priced as low…

Diabetes Eye Health: a Guide for Health Professionals

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Organisation: IAPB

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…

Victoria Sheffield elected as new IAPB Vice President

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Organisation: IAPB

Victoria Sheffield, President and CEO of eye care NGO and IAPB member the International Eye Foundation (IEF), is the new IAPB Vice President after being elected by the membership via online ballot. Ms. Sheffield has 45 years experience in ophthalmology and international blindness prevention. After service as a Viet Nam era veteran in the US Air Force…

IAPB members come together in Beijing

Membership Manager
Organisation: IAPB

‘Working together’ wasn’t just a slogan emblazoned on the stage backdrop at the Beijing hotel hosting the 2015 Council of Members meetings. It was also the aim and ethos resonating through all the presentations and discussions which took place over five days this October in the Chinese capital. Collaboration and partnership are obviously core values…

Biggest prize in vision awarded to innovative joint programme in Africa

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Organisation: IAPB

The 2015 António Champalimaud Vision Award was announced this 7 September by recognising the Kilimanjaro Project, a unique collaboration developed by the Kilimanjaro Centre for Community Ophthalmology (KCCO), the Seva Foundation and Seva Canada in order to combat vision disorders, tackle poverty and create economic sustainability in communities across Sub-Saharan Africa. Signalling a triumph for…

Seeing is Believing calls for Ghana project proposals

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Organisation: IAPB

Seeing is Believing, Standard Chartered’s flagship community investment programme in partnership with IAPB, announces a repeat call for adjudication of funding to carry out a Seeing is Believing Type 1 project in Ghana. Type 1 projects receive a maximum funding of USD 1million; project theme is comprehensive eye care. Applicants from the previous call are invited to…