Author: Rebecca Girigalla

Rebecca Girigalla

Communications Officer
Organisation: IAPB

Malawi Optometry Association holds inaugural meeting

Communications Officer
Organisation: IAPB

The Malawi Optometry Association (MOA) held its first meeting on 28 November 2015 at Kamuzu Central Hospital with 20 optometrists and 5 optometric technicians in attendance.  The meeting discussed the competencies of optometrists and optometric technicians in both public and private practice, and emphasized the need for the scope of practice to be based around…

Directory of training programs by AOI

Communications Officer
Organisation: IAPB

Academia Ophthalmologica Internationalis (AOI) has started a new initiative, Research Capacity Building, to enhance research capacity in ophthalmic institutions of developing countries.
To promote the initiative, AOI has compiled a directory of research and training resources offered by advanced institutions. Presently, the directory includes institutions represented by AOI members. This directory will be updated periodically with more information added in the future.

David Donoghue to speak at 10GA

Communications Officer
Organisation: IAPB

David Donoghue, the Permanent Representative of Ireland to the United Nations, will be speaking at 10GA. Ambassador Donoghue is the Permanent Representative of Ireland to the United Nations since September 2013.  He has been Co-Facilitator, with the Permanent Representative of Kenya, of the negotiations on the post 2015 development agenda. From 2009-2013, Mr. Donoghue was the…

2016 Joanne Angle Investigator Award – a research grant by Prevent Blindness

Communications Officer
Organisation: IAPB

The 2016 Joanne Angle Investigator Award provides funding for research investigating public health related to eye health and safety. Applications will be accepted in the following priority areas in adult vision, children’s vision, or eye injury: Burden/economic aspects of eye disease/vision loss on society Best practices to integrate vision screening/follow up care to system care…

Applications for the MSc in Public Health for Eye Care by LSHTM are open

Communications Officer
Organisation: IAPB

The annual MSc Public Health for Eye Care is currently accepting applications through the LSHTM online application system. This course aims to provide eye health professionals with the public health knowledge and skills required to reduce blindness and visual disability in their setting. The training will enable them to: Develop a public health approach to…

Sight for Life Walkers to start 17-day walk across Sri Lanka

Communications Officer
Organisation: IAPB

Walk for Sight organised by Sight for Life is a 330 kilometre walk from Batticaloa to Colombo, in Sri Lanka. The walk takes place over 17 days, starting from 26th of November, 2015 passing through cities and villages in the country to raise funds and awareness to combat needless blindness. The volunteers will stop at eye clinics and…

CBP seeking worldwide grant applications

Communications Officer
Organisation: IAPB

The USAID Child Blindness Program (CBP) has announced the release of its Request for Applications (RFA). CBP is seeking worldwide grant applications for activities aimed at increasing the number of children provided with quality eye care services, as well as increasing global knowledge of pediatric eye care through innovations and the implementation of best practices.…

500 Millionth dose of Zithromax distributed in Ethiopia

Communications Officer
Organisation: IAPB

The 500 millionth dose of Zithromax distributed in the global campaign against blinding trachoma was administered in Woliso in Ethiopia on 14th November 2015. 20 organisations including the Federal Ministry of Health, Pfizer, the UK government’s DFID and USAID celebrated the achievement in a two-day conference organised at Woliso Zuria, Soutwest Shoa and Addis Ababa.…

National consultation for developing country eye health action plan

Communications Officer
Organisation: IAPB

National consultation for developing country eye health action plan 29 & 30 October, 2015, New Delhi The sixty-sixth World Health Assembly’s (WHA 66.4) resolution in year 2013 was towards universal eye health – a global action plan (GAP) 2014-2019. At the national level, a meeting held in November 2014 at LV Prasad Eye Institute, Hyderabad was for…

New Grading Scales available to all optometrists – download for free

Communications Officer
Organisation: IAPB

Originally published on the Brien Holden Vision Institute website We have launched new Grading Scales, which provides optometrists with an easy to use consulting room guide for the monitoring of common contact lens complications, and can be downloaded for free from our Academy website.   The Grading Scales are used as an in-practice reference tool…

The judges of the #EyeCareForAll Photo Competition

Communications Officer
Organisation: IAPB

The #EyeCareForAll Photo competition winners have been announced at the IAPB Council of Members meetings in China on 14 October 2015. The winners are Azahara Sánchez in the Professional category and Dr Lila Raj Puri in the Amateur category. The photo competition had 606 photo submissions from over 125 countries.  The runners-up for the professional…

#EyeCareForAll Photo Competition – Winners and Runners-up

Communications Officer
Organisation: IAPB

​ The Professional Category winner: Visual acuity screening in Cameroonian´s Pygmies by Azahara Sánchez Professional Category Winner  Visual acuity screening in Cameroonian´s Pygmies, Azahara Sánchez Runners-up Intraocular lens, Rajkumar Antigua #EyeCareForAll, Johnny Jnobaptiste The Human eye, Orlando Rodrigues de Barros Filho After successful cataract surgery, patient brings 18 friends also in need of surgery from…

Up to one billion people at risk of blindness by 2050

Communications Officer
Organisation: IAPB

5 billion expected to be myopic (short-sighted) by 2050 Sydney, Australia, 8 October 2015: Up to 1 billion people could be at risk of blindness by the middle of the century if an emerging short-sightedness (myopia) epidemic is ignored say researchers at the Brien Holden Vision Institute. Half the world’s population (nearly 5 billion) will…

2016 LCIF SightFirst Research Grants

Communications Officer
Organisation: IAPB

The Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) provides funds to support public health research initiatives that evaluate and directly influence the operation of the SightFirst program, Lions’ premier initiative to strengthen eye care systems in underserved communities. SightFirst research grants of up to US$100,000 are available to support projects that investigate: innovative approaches to reduce blindness…