Author: Peter Ackland

Peter Ackland

Chief Executive of IAPB
Organisation: IAPB

WHO Global Health Observatory adds CSC and eCSC

Chief Executive of IAPB
Organisation: IAPB

Universal Health Coverage (UHC) is at the heart of the Sustainable Development Goal for health, and is specifically focussed upon in target 3.8. Finding good indicators to monitor UHC will be important throughout the 2016-2030 period to measure progress. IAPB has been promoting Cataract Surgical Coverage (CSC) as a UHC indicator given cataract surgery is…

IAPB Position Papers on Spectacles (readymade, adaptable and recycled)

Chief Executive of IAPB
Organisation: IAPB

It is shocking that even today, an estimated 120 million people live a severely disadvantaged life, unable to see things at a distance because they do not have a pair of spectacles. Estimates suggest another half billion or more—yes, Billion—are also suffering from near vision problems. They cannot read or perform near tasks, again simply…

Low Vision Curriculum

Chief Executive of IAPB
Organisation: IAPB

Globally, there are 80 million people with low vision who require support from competent low vision service providers. Such services are needed at all ages – in early childhood, at school, in the workplace and for everyday living. But low vision is a neglected area when it comes to service provision. Even in high income countries…

Low Vision Curriculum

Chief Executive of IAPB
Organisation: IAPB

Globally, there are 80 million people with low vision who require support from competent low vision service providers. Such services are needed at all ages – in early childhood, at school, in the workplace and for everyday living. But low vision is a neglected area when it comes to service provision. Even in high income countries…

New Report Adopts CSC as Health Indicator

Chief Executive of IAPB
Organisation: IAPB

I am delighted to note – as I am sure you are – that a new report jointly authored by the WHO and the World Bank includes Cataract Surgical Coverage (CSC) as a ‘promising’ indicator for monitoring Universal Health Coverage (UHC). Firstly, it’s a fantastic report; strong research, keen arguments and accessible to a wide(r)…

SDGs: what’s in it for eye health?

Chief Executive of IAPB
Organisation: IAPB

This is a crucial year for the future of development as efforts to design a new global framework to replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) culminates as the UN readies to adopt a new set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at a high-level plenary meeting in New York on 25-27 September 2015. Here Peter Ackland,…

‘Neglected Sensory Diseases’ – the NSDs (you heard it here first)

Chief Executive of IAPB
Organisation: IAPB

I have just returned from the Coalition for Global Hearing Health conference in Oxford. There are 360 million persons in the world with disabling hearing loss – and just like vision loss – most of this is avoidable through treatment and prevention. Although much remains to be done to counter avoidable vision loss the evidence…

GAP Update

Chief Executive of IAPB
Organisation: IAPB

July 2014 This is the first in what will become a regular feature from Peter Ackland updating you on latest developments that are contributing to the implementation of the WHA resolution 66.4 “Universal Eye Health: A global action plan 2014 – 2019”.  Where better to start this new series than the very first action articulated…

WHO and World Bank disappoint in the latest Post-2015 thinking

Chief Executive of IAPB
Organisation: IAPB

At the 67th WHA, Assistant Director General Marie-Paule Kieny unveiled WHO’s latest thinking with regard to the health goal in the post-2015 thinking – there is an overall goal of “Ensure healthy lives and universal health coverage at all ages” together with four sub-goals (click on image). Overall, this appears to be shaping up well…

The Disability Action Plan at the World Health Assembly 2014

Chief Executive of IAPB
Organisation: IAPB

It’s been heartening to witness the strong support for the “WHO global disability action plan 2014 – 2021: Better health for all people with disability” which was adopted at the 67th WHA this morning (Friday, 23 May 2014). Some 33 countries spoke, all to support the Action Plan, and the resolution, eloquently promoted by Ecuador,…