Author: Rebecca Girigalla

Rebecca Girigalla

Communications Officer
Organisation: IAPB

#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.…

Head of Dept. Ophthalmology vacancy at CCBRT

Communications Officer
Organisation: IAPB

Comprehensive Community Based Rehabilitation in Tanzania (CCBRT) is looking for a Head of Department – Ophthalmology The responsibilites would include ensuring annual and long term financial and quality of care targets are met, expanding the established reputation and contributing to the organisational expansion of CCBRT’s private eye services.   Responsibilities: Provide on-the-job management and fulfill administrative…

Vision for a Nation Shortlisted for the UK Charity Awards 2016

Communications Officer
Organisation: IAPB

Vision for a Nation (VFAN) is delighted to announce that it has made the shortlist for this year’s Charity Awards – the UK charity sector’s most prestigious and longest-running awards programme. VFAN has been shortlisted in the “International Aid and Development” category for its unprecedented project: “Delivering Primary Eye Care to the Whole of Rwanda”.…

BCPB Grants 2016

Communications Officer
Organisation: IAPB

The British Council for Prevention of Blindness (BCPB) grant programme is accepting applications for research grants and awards  Closing date: 7 October 2016   Grants are offered for research projects that further the goals of ‘VISION 2020: The Right to Sight’, in the following categories: Fellowships leading to the award of PhD or MD –…

CCBRT looking for a Paediatric Ophthalmologist

Communications Officer
Organisation: IAPB

Comprehensive Community Based Rehabilitation in Tanzania (CCBRT) is looking for a specialist in Paediatric Ophthalmology to work at their clinics in Tanzania The responsibilites would include supporting the CCBRT clinics and development and initiatiation of training of fellows in paediatric ophthalmology.   Responsibilities: Assess, examine and diagnose paediatric patients Manage ophthalmic conditions, including sound judgments re…

Seeing is Believing grants encourage innovators to see things differently

Communications Officer
Organisation: IAPB

Innovation Fund backs more ideas to change the way eye care is delivered in developing countries 11 April 2016, London: Standard Chartered’s Seeing is Believing, a collaboration between the bank and the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB), has launched the second phase of its Innovation Fund, expanding five of the original projects…

Our Children’s Vision launches to combat health crisis

Communications Officer
Organisation: IAPB

New York, NY, USA, 13 April 2016: A group of vision industry leaders has announced a new global campaign to bring better vision and eye health to millions of children in need. Our Children’s Vision is a movement bringing together governments, development agencies, the private sector, eye health practitioners and communities with the goal of…

Access to online services: 20 European NGOs tell EU ministers ‘no one should be left behind’

Communications Officer
Organisation: IAPB

The European Blind Union (EBU) and several other European NGOs published an open letter [1] warning the 28 EU Ministers in charge of Digital Affairs that their current plans for the web accessibility directive could deny millions of disabled and older citizens equal access to the digital world, exclude them from full participation in society and create unacceptable digital barriers to employment.

ICO learning document on Uncorrected Refractive Error

Communications Officer
Organisation: IAPB

ICO Task Force on Uncorrected Refractive Errors and School Eye Health launched its’ learning document at their meeting in February 2016.  This resource presents the lessons learned from the Task Force’s eight years of work and experiences. You can download the document here Also see the ICO page on Uncorrected Refractive Error for more resources.

LCIF looking for a Regional Program Specialist

Communications Officer
Organisation: IAPB

The Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) is looking for a bilingual Regional Program Specialist for their Sight Programs department.  This post will analyze SightFirst grant requests from Africa and the Middle East, monitor and evaluate approved SightFirst projects, and attend regional and global blindness prevention meetings. The successful candidate will serve as the primary liaison…

ICO Issues Guidelines for Glaucoma Eye Care

Communications Officer
Organisation: IAPB

The International Council of Ophthalmology (ICO) has published ICO Guidelines for Glaucoma Eye Care. The ICO Guidelines summarize core requirements for the appropriate care of open and closed angle glaucoma and consider low and intermediate to high-resource settings. They are currently available in English and Spanish. “The new ICO glaucoma guidelines are very exciting as…

The Miami Declaration

Communications Officer
Organisation: IAPB

Building on four years of collaboration and capacity building in the Latin America region, the International Eye Foundation (IEF) hosted a meeting of stakeholders including IAPB/LA and PAHO in Miami 12-13 January 2016 to formalize and operationalize IEF’s work going forward. Much has been achieved thanks to the support of IEF, Orbis, CBM, Seva and…

Optometry Giving Sight announces new Global Board

Communications Officer
Organisation: IAPB

(Sydney, Australia): Optometry Giving Sight has today announced the consolidation of its Global Board and Global Development Board, creating a new Board structure with 11 members. The new members are: ·  Dr. Glenn Ellisor – Executive Chairman, Vision Source ·  Marc Ferrara – CEO Information Services, Jobson Medical Information ·  Pat McNeil – Chief Communications…

Vision for a Nation awards a grant to accelerate the development of smart phone-based eye care tools

Communications Officer
Organisation: IAPB

UK charity Vision for a Nation, which runs a ground-breaking national eye care programme in Rwanda, today announces that it has provided Peek Vision, the London based start-up, with accelerator funding of £50,000.

Peek (Portable Eye Examination Kit) enables health workers to examine and diagnose eye diseases using a smartphone, which could potentially revolutionise the way eye care is delivered worldwide.

Jenny Pomeroy Award for Excellence in Vision and Public Health

Communications Officer
Organisation: IAPB

Prevent Blindness invites applications for the Jenny Pomeroy Award for Excellence in Vision and Public Health.
The Jenny Pomeroy Award for Excellence in Vision and Public Health is presented annually to an individual, team, or organization that has made significant contributions to the advancement of public health related to vision and eye health at the community, state, and/or national level.