Author: Damian Facciolo

Regional Program Manager, IAPB Western Pacific
Organisation: IAPB

Trachoma in the Western Pacific – end in sight

Regional Program Manager, IAPB Western Pacific
Organisation: IAPB

Screening for trachoma in Papua New Guinea Through strong collaborations and evidence, several governments in the Western Pacific can now claim trachoma is no longer a public health problem. For many more, trachoma elimination is in sight. So where are we with trachoma in the Western Pacific? A national assessment of trachoma conducted in Lao…

Long-term Strategy for Blindness Prevention endorsed by Vietnam PM

Regional Program Manager, IAPB Western Pacific
Organisation: IAPB

Vietnam’s Prime Minister approved the National Strategy for Prevention of Blindness to 2020, with a Vision to 2030 at the end of 2016. With the Prime Minister’s high-level endorsement, the strategy provides a long-term vision that will raise the importance of eye health in the context of health and development in Vietnam. It calls on…

China: 5-year National Plan for Eye Health adopted

Regional Program Manager, IAPB Western Pacific
Organisation: IAPB

China’s National Health and Family Planning Commission presented a new 5-year National Plan for Eye Health in late October, which calls on government agencies and partners to work together and extend action in the lead-up to the 2020. The plan is a product of extensive consultation and drafting by key experts active in blindness prevention in China. It provides…

Vietnam: Cataract blindness still a major health problem

Regional Program Manager, IAPB Western Pacific
Organisation: IAPB

A Rapid Assessment of Avoidable Blindness (RAAB) survey conducted in Vietnam has found the prevalence of cataract blindness in people aged over 50 years has reduced since the first survey in 2000 and the number of surgeries has increased significantly. Download the English version of the final report. While the reduction in prevalence is good news,…

Engaging the Private Sector: Everyone’s Business

Regional Program Manager, IAPB Western Pacific
Organisation: IAPB

The private sector is a critical player in eye health: that statement should surprise no-one. Private companies produce and sell lenses, spectacles and devices; private clinics and hospitals provide treatments; private insurance companies sometimes pick up the bill. These inputs have a huge impact on public eye health and blindness prevention. The interesting question is:…

Vale Kazuichi Konyama

Regional Program Manager, IAPB Western Pacific
Organisation: IAPB

Professor Kazuichi Konyama, a highly respected and distinguished ophthalmologist and teacher, passed away last week on 21 June 2016. He was 87. Prof Konyama began his medical career in the 1950s and trained in Thailand, Japan, the US. He was a passionate advocate for blindness prevention, for applying epidemiology and for quality in ophthalmology and…

Financing for universal eye health: 8 Reflections on UHC

Regional Program Manager, IAPB Western Pacific
Organisation: IAPB

The Regional Action Plan for Universal Eye Health in the Western Pacific urges governments to ensure that “essential eye-care, low vision and rehabilitation services are included in national health financing approaches for universal health coverage” and calls on international partners to advocate for coverage of eye-care services by insurance schemes.

Farewells

Regional Program Manager, IAPB Western Pacific
Organisation: IAPB

Since 2013, IAPB has delivered a broad program of policy and coordination activities to improve eye health across developing countries of the Western Pacific. Working in partnership with WHO’s Western Pacific Regional Office and with funding from the Australian Government, the program included a 3-year work plan to increase national commitments for blindness prevention and…

How do we reach more women and girls?

Regional Program Manager, IAPB Western Pacific
Organisation: IAPB

Great ideas shared on eye health for women in girls at our regional forum in Cambodia The Global Burden of Disease study shows 60% of global blindness is among women, and recent surveys in the Western Pacific show an even greater imbalance in some areas. As Universal Eye Health: A Global Action Plan 2014-19 prioritises “equity” as its first…

Taking a Systems Approach to Eye Health

Regional Program Manager, IAPB Western Pacific
Organisation: IAPB

Re-posted with permission from the IAPB Western Pacific blog. In early July, eye health experts from across Asia and the Pacific gathered in Hanoi for a 5-day short course to workshop ways to strengthen health systems, improve eye health and work towards Universal Health Coverage.   Held at Hanoi School of Public Health, the course…

Regional Plan for Universal Eye Health: Western Pacific

Regional Program Manager, IAPB Western Pacific
Organisation: IAPB

After many months, the WHO Western’s Pacific Regional Office (WPRO) has officially launched Towards Universal Eye Health: A Regional Action Plan for the Western Pacific (2014–2019). The plan was developed through consultation with Member States, international partners and experts during 2013 and was endorsed by the Western Pacific Regional Committee Meeting in Manila last October.…