Author: Simon Day

Simon Day

Regional Programme Coordinator
Organisation: International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB)

CoM 2018: IAPB Africa Update

Regional Programme Coordinator
Organisation: International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB)

The IAPB Council of Members 2018 was a new and exciting opportunity for members to meet, taking part in member-led sessions and to connect with new partners.  One of the themes of the Council has been integrating eye care into broader health systems. The presence and vocal support of the Ministers of Health from India…

IAPB Africa Editorial: An Exciting Time for Eye Health

Regional Programme Coordinator
Organisation: International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB)

The development landscape is changing as donor budgets are being reduced and new actors appear on the scene to help to meet our ambitious development goals – the Sustainable Development Goal (SDGs). This issue of the Newsletter draws our attention to a number of new initiatives which, if adopted and implemented by countries and member…

Webinar: Primary Eye Care Training Manual

Regional Programme Coordinator
Organisation: International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB)
Webinar: Primary Eye Care Training Manual IAPB Africa held a Webinar: Primary Eye Care Training Manual on 22 August 2018. It was led by two presenters, Dr Ciku Mathenge, Technical Advisor to WHO AFRO in the development of the package (and IAPB Eye Health Hero) to present on the PEC training Manual document and Dr Bo Wiafe, Chair of the IAPB…

Inaugural Meeting of the ECSA-HC Experts Committee on Eye Health

Regional Programme Coordinator
Organisation: International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB)

As reported in the IAPB Africa Newsletter 2017 Q2, the East, Central and Southern African Health Community (ECSA HC), with support of College of Ophthalmologists of East Central and Southern Africa (COECSA) and IAPB established the ECSA-HC expert committee on eye health in an effort to raise and sustain the eye health agenda high at…

The COECSA/WACS Sub-Specialist Fellowship Development Workshop

Regional Programme Coordinator
Organisation: International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB)

Recent decades have brought a much greater understanding of disease processes, and a proliferation of treatment modalities to tackle these diseases. This expansion in the knowledge and skills required has driven ophthalmologists and other eye health professionals to become progressively more subspecialised to maintain expertise and promote quality of care. Sub-Saharan Africa is also experiencing…

IAPB Africa Editorial: Ophthalmic Nurses and Nursing Now

Regional Programme Coordinator
Organisation: International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB)

Ophthalmic Nurses (ONs) provide the backbone of eye health services in Africa, whether working alongside the surgeon in theatre, taking care of patients, running a busy OPD or, in many settings, working alone to provide eye health services in remote and underserved locations. With the number of ONs (and the Francophone ISOs) now in the region…

Validating the WHO Regional Core Competencies in IAPB Africa

Regional Programme Coordinator
Organisation: International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB)

IAPB Africa started 2018 with a focus on one of our major priorities for the year: the validation of the WHO Regional Core Competencies for Eye Heath Workers in the Africa Region.  In February, WHO AFRO and IAPB held a consultation workshop in Nairobi attended by eye health experts with the overall objective of validating…

Developing eye health competencies – An update from IAPB Africa

Regional Programme Coordinator
Organisation: International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB)

There have been several key developments at IAPB Africa in recent years. We have been making significant progress in our Human Resources for Eye Health agenda, with a giant step forward being taken during the meetings held in May(which were followed by our annual review and planning meeting). This was a resolution finalized by nine African countries (Kenya,…

IAPB Advocacy Training Workshop, Accra, Ghana

Regional Programme Coordinator
Organisation: International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB)

In the pursuit of its primary change objective “Every country with a ‘Human Resources for Health’ (HRH) strategy has a ‘Human Resources for Eye Health’ (HReH) strategy integrated within it” IAPB Africa held an Advocacy Training Workshop in Accra, Ghana, to train candidates from five pilot countries as advocacy advisors. The goal of the workshop…