Author: Rebecca Girigalla

Rebecca Girigalla

Communications Officer
Organisation: IAPB

How to participate in the #MakeVisionCount Photo Competition

Communications Officer
Organisation: IAPB

It’s that time of the year again (for the third year!) when we are transported around the world by looking at your photos. The World Sight Day #MakeVisionCount Photo Competition aims to bring awareness to eye care. All of your photos are helping spread the word about the importance of eye care and to #MakeVisionCount!…

#StrongerTogether Photo Competition winners announced

Communications Officer
Organisation: IAPB

The winners of the #StrongerTogether Photo Competition were announced at the 10GA Celebration Ceremony, in Durban, South Africa by Michelle Sylvanowicz, representing Bayer. As part of a moving speech that spelt out the need to talk about and make people comfortable with eye care, even in urban settings, she announced the following winners: Winner –…

Peruvian National Eye Institute named after Dr. Francisco Contreras Campos

Communications Officer
Organisation: IAPB

In recognition of Dr. Francisco Contreras Campos’ work in blindness prevention, the Peruvian National Eye institute, Instituto Nacional de Oftalmología – INO, has been named after him: Instituto Nacional de Oftalmología “Dr. Francisco Contreras Campos”. Amongst many positions and multiple awards, he was Founder and Director of the Peruvian National Eye Institute; the first Ophthalmic…

LIGHT FOR THE WORLD looking for Programme Development Officer

Communications Officer
Organisation: IAPB

LIGHT FOR THE WORLD is looking for a Programme Development Officer to work with local teams in focus countries.  As part of the international Programme Development Hub, the Programme Development Officer is to take the lead in developing and growing  long-term partnerships with selected major public and institutional donors –  linked to  LIGHT FOR THE…

Seeing is Believing (SiB) announces funding for Kenya and China

Communications Officer
Organisation: IAPB

Seeing is Believing (SiB) announces funding for Kenya and China for Seeing is Believing Type 1 projects.  For projects in Kenya, SiB will provide funds up to US$ 600,000 – 80% of total project budget (US$ 750,000). The project can be located anywhere across the country within SiB Type 1 project guidelines. For projects in China, SiB will provide…

Study Finds Vision Loss Due to Diabetes is Rising Globally

Communications Officer
Organisation: IAPB

Diabetes has become one of the top causes of vision loss around the world, according to an article published on August 23, 2016 in Diabetes Care journal by a global consortium led by researchers at Nova Southeastern University’s (NSU) College of Optometry in Fort Lauderdale/Davie, Florida, and the Vision and Eye Care Unit at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge, United…

Online course on eliminating Trachoma

Communications Officer
Organisation: IAPB

The International Centre for Eye Health, supported by The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust, ICTC, Sightsavers, LSHTM and FutureLearn, is delivering a free online course which aims to:  Inform and support the personnel implementing and managing trachoma programmes at a district and community level  Provide insights from stakeholders, experts and professionals as they…

“Eliminating Trachoma: Accelerating Towards 2020” launched

Communications Officer
Organisation: IAPB

Eliminating Trachoma: Accelerating Towards 2020 is a call to action developed by ICTC on behalf of the WHO Alliance for GET2020. This advocacy and resource mobilisation tool, has been written with the aim of targeting policymakers, decision-makers and influencers in key donor markets and those with a social conscience and the means to make a difference. This aim is also to reach people who aren’t yet engaged in the elimination of trachoma, as well as providing an update for those who have been steadfast contributors to the Alliance.

Prevent Blindness launches new initiative

Communications Officer
Organisation: IAPB

Prevent Blindness is launching The Focus Initiative, a virtual forum for those working in vision and public health. The Initiative expands upon the existing annual Focus on Eye Health National Summit by capturing the philosophy and energy of that single-day event and expanding it into an ongoing year round experience.  This professional network encourages the…

Orbis looking for Consultant for Evaluation of Capacity Building Programme

Communications Officer
Organisation: IAPB

Orbis is looking for a suitably qualified consultant to undertake an external evaluation of Orbis International-Ethiopia’s Capacity Building Programme for the period 2006-2016. From 2006-2016, the Programme has implemented nine projects in universities and hospitals in five regions of Ethiopia, with an investment of more than USD4.5 million.  The purpose of the evaluation is to:…

HelpMeSee in Top 10 Most Innovative Charities at Classy Awards

Communications Officer
Organisation: IAPB

HelpMeSee was chosen as a top 10 nonprofit and social enterprise at the 6th annual Classy Awards, in recognition of its innovative program to end cataract blindness through surgical training. The Classy Awards, which Classy presents in honor of “remarkable changemakers of our generation,” are the capstone event to the three-day Collaborative conference in Boston,…

Our Children’s Vision: a call to action for child eye care

Communications Officer
Organisation: IAPB

Our Chidren’s Vision is a global call to action for child eye care. IAPB is delighted to endorse “Our Children’s Vision”, an initiative co-founded by the Brien Holden Vision Institute and the Vision For Life fund (created by Essilor). Our Chidren’s Vision ensures that effective, sustainable eye health initiatives for children and adolescents are part of…

Clearly Vision Prize calling for innovations in eye care

Communications Officer
Organisation: IAPB

The Clearly Vision Prize, launched on 5th April 2015, aims at supporting innovation in the field of eye care in the areas of diagnosis, training, supply chain and distribution and big data.
The best ideas will compete for $250,000 in prizes and one-on-one mentoring opportunities to make them a reality.

Pioneering Research in Rwanda’s National Eye Care Services launched

Communications Officer
Organisation: IAPB

Vision for a Nation Foundation has contracted with the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine to conduct a major impact evaluation of Rwanda’s national eye care services.
This first-of-its-kind study will focus on the primary eye care services that are now provided at every one of Rwanda’s 502 health centres as a result of the charity’s support. The research is being funded by UBS Optimus Foundation with results to be published in 2017 and 2018.

#StrongerTogether Photo Competition launched

Communications Officer
Organisation: IAPB

IAPB, with support from Bayer, is back with an online photo competition with the theme “Stronger Together” ending on World Sight Day (13 October 2016). Prizes include a cash prize and a DSLR camera! Find out more at http://photocomp.iapb.org (Do use the hashtag #StrongerTogether)

Focus on Eye Health: National Summit

Communications Officer
Organisation: IAPB

Prevent Blindness will host the fifth annual Focus on Eye Health National Summit on June 17, 2016 at the National Press Club. The Summit will will focus on recommendations brought forth in a new Health and Medicine Division report by the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine Committee on Public Health Approaches to Reduce…

The ICO publishes paper for global ban on consumer fireworks

Communications Officer
Organisation: IAPB

The International Council of Ophthalmology (ICO) endorses a global ban on consumer fireworks.  Also endorsed by the IAPB board, the ICO position paper encourages ophthalmologists and National Societies of Ophthalmology to advocate for a ban on consumer fireworks by their national governments, as a strategy to prevent unnecessary blindness and visual impairment from firework-related injuries.…