Author: Alessandro Di Capua

IAPB Strategy: where we’re at

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

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…

Nominations open for the IAPB Board

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

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

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

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

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

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

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…

Help Sought for Database of Accessible Book Sources

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

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

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…

Biggest prize in vision awarded to innovative joint programme in Africa

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

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…