Author: Jessica Crofts-Lawrence

Jessica Crofts-Lawrence

Head of Policy and Advocacy
Organisation: IAPB

IAPB Members: Join us at next week’s High Level Political Forum

Head of Policy and Advocacy
Organisation: IAPB

Next week is the High Level Political Forum (HLPF) and eye health has been included on the official agenda. The HLPF is the main United Nations platform on sustainable development and it has a central role in the follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the…

UN Friends of Vision Supports UN Resolution

Head of Policy and Advocacy
Organisation: IAPB

Highlights:  Strong support for an UNGA resolution on vision  Bangladesh and Ireland join the leadership of the Friends of Vision  UN virtual events on eye health planned This week we held our first virtual meeting of the Friends of Vision group. Over 70 people were in attendance from more than 40 countries, with 20 Member States…

Advocacy Update: WHA Roundup

Head of Policy and Advocacy
Organisation: IAPB

Last week we saw the first virtual World Health Assembly. This enabled many more of us to participate and watch the speeches and Member State statements live. If you missed it you can still access the recorded sessions on the WHO website. There was a strong call for global cooperation and many Member States expressed…

WHA 73 – COVID-19, eye health and IAPB statement on behalf of the global eye care sector

Head of Policy and Advocacy
Organisation: IAPB

The 73rd World Health Assembly took place at the beginning of this week. The annual convention typically brings together health ministers, international organisations and NGOs in Geneva for a week of speeches, technical briefings, side events and meetings. However, for the first time in the WHA’s history the meeting was held virtually. The agenda was…

IAPB’s statement on behalf of the global eye care sector to the UN Economic and Social Council High Level Segment

Head of Policy and Advocacy
Organisation: IAPB

IAPB submitted a statement on behalf of the global eye care sector to the 2020 United Nations Economic and Social Council High Level Segment (HLS). Held on an annual basis, the HLS represents the culmination of ECOSOC’s annual cycle of work and convenes a diverse group of high-level representatives from Government, the private sector, civil…

Package of Eye Care Interventions

Head of Policy and Advocacy
Organisation: IAPB

Work is now fully underway for the development of the Package of Eye Care Interventions (PECI). The PECI is the critical next step in the implementation process of the World Report on Vision and to ensuring that eye care becomes an integral part of Universal Health Coverage.    The PECI project is being led by the WHO Vision Programme in collaboration with Cochrane Eyes and Vision. IAPB is…

Advocacy Update: COVID-19 and WRV Launches

Head of Policy and Advocacy
Organisation: IAPB

Over the last few months, we have been working with a number of our members to raise the global profile of eye health and advocate for change at the country level. This has yielded some early successes; a draft eye health resolution (to be approved at this year’s World Health Assembly) and six country launches…

Making the World Report on Vision a reality….

Head of Policy and Advocacy
Organisation: IAPB

Package of Eye Care Interventions The key recommendation of the World report on vision was to implement integrated people-centred eye care as part of universal health coverage (UHC). This means including eye care in national health plans and essential packages of care. To assist with this process, the World Health Organization (WHO) is developing the…

2019 in Review: Global Advocacy

Head of Policy and Advocacy
Organisation: IAPB
It has been a busy year for the IAPB advocacy team. There have been a number of exciting developments and a few important firsts for eye health. Here are our top three highlights from the year. Launch of the World Report on Vision and working towards a World Health Assembly Resolution The long anticipated World…

Accelerating eye health within the larger movement towards the Sustainable Development Goals

Head of Policy and Advocacy
Organisation: IAPB
"Accelerate". This was the word on everyone’s lips at the 2019 High-level Political Forum (HLPF), which took place from 9-18 July at UN Headquarters in New York. Four years after the adoption of the 2030 Agenda, the consensus is that we are simply not moving fast enough. António Guterres, UN Secretary-General, called on world leaders…

The 72nd World Health Assembly – A decisive moment for the WHO, UHC and Eye Health

Head of Policy and Advocacy
Organisation: IAPB

The World Health Assembly (WHA) is an annual gathering of all the world’s health ministers and a key opportunity for advocates to be seen and heard on their respective health issues. This year, the theme of the WHA was “Health for All” and as such there was a strong focus on closing the gap and…