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Communications Manager
Organisation: IAPB

World Blind Union hiring Human Rights Analyst

Communications Manager
Organisation: IAPB

The World Blind Union (WBU) has recently received approval for a position of Human Rights & Advocacy Policy Analyst/Advisor position for 2016 (with possibility of renewal). LOCATION: To be determined. Preference for location in a developing country in partnership with WBU member organization REPORTING: The Human Rights and Advocacy Policy Analyst/Advisor reports directly to the CEO,…

Zambia increases uptake of eye health services

Sightsavers Zambia Country office had been Implementing a Phase IV Seeing is Believing programme from July 2009 to June 2014. Over the last five years, the Seeing is Believing Programme had been providing comprehensive eye services to poor people in rural parts of Lusaka and the Southern provinces. During the five years, the project built…

Raising Awareness About Paediatric Cataract Surgery

Zambians have to overcome multiple socioeconomic, cultural and existential obstacles to prevent childhood blindness due to cataract. The timing of cataract surgery in children is critical as vision never develops normally if surgery is delayed for an extended period. Fortunately for Graham he received the care he needed in time because of a Seeing is…

Upscaling Surgical Uptake

Until January 2014, Operation Eyesight Universal found that achieving surgical targets under phase IV of Ghana’s Seeing is Believing was a challenge. Reasons for this included (but were not limited to) some selected hospitals choosing not to perform surgeries; low levels of commitment from some partner hospitals’ management; fear about undergoing surgery on the part…

DR Awareness in China

Why do around 95% of people suffering Diabetic Retinopathy not visit hospitals for examination and treatment? Due to changes in lifestyle and diet, Diabetic Retinopathy (DR), damage to the retina caused by the complication of diabetes, is fast becoming one of the major causes of avoidable blindness in China. This is particularly true in Inner…

Livingstone Urban Eye Care Programme

Sightsavers eye care project in Zambia, supported by Seeing is Believing, began in July 2009 to offer comprehensive eye care services in six districts of Lusaka and the Southern provinces. The project has developed a strong working relationship with the Government which will help to sustain the gains of the project going forward. In its…

Sightsavers Nigeria Eye Care Programme

Zamfara State has an estimated 320,000 persons who are blind and a traditional cataract extraction practice, known as couching, is prevalent. The State faced a severe shortage of trained eye health workers, including Ophthalmologists, and infrastructure dedicated to eye care services was weak or non-existent. Sightsavers advocated to the government to employ Ophthalmologists and as…

Sightsavers Pakistan Urban Paediatric Eye Care Programme

Sightsavers has been working in collaboration with Standard Chartered Bank, under its “Seeing is Believing” initiative, to combat childhood blindness in Pakistan. Since 2009, the Pakistan Urban Paediatric Eye Care Programme has been working in collaboration with partners to screen 1.7 million school children for refractive error (RE) and to provide much needed eye health…

Networking / working with Government: BHVI Nigeria

Standard Chartered Banks’s Seeing is Believing project in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) is an example of how a cooperative partnership between multiple stakeholders can result in successful and sustainable eye health services for communities desperately in need. As a comprehensive eye care project which strives to deliver effective, safe, high quality interventions (including prevention,…

Networking / working with Government: BHVI Sri Lanka

The link between poor vision and poverty is unfortunately all too apparent in Sri Lankan communities. Poor vision drastically reduces an individual’s education and employment opportunities. For many local people, having access to readily available eye care and spectacles has helped them maintain their employment and unlocked several education and income generation opportunities for them.…

Networking / working with Government: PBU Jordan

Despite the usual differences in the approaches and models of work between NGOs and governmental institutes, Prevention of Blindness Union has managed to create an exemplary partnership with the Jordanian Ministry of Health. It was clear that the Ministry of Health has acknowledged the Union as an active agent of change in the Jordanian society,…

Networking / working with Government: Orbis Zambia

ORBIS Africa’s commitment to reduce avoidable blindness in the North-Western Province (NWP) of Zambia is largely being achieved through effective collaboration with key stakeholders. The Memoranda of Understanding that ORBIS Africa signed with our primary partner in the province, the Ministry of Health (MOH) of the NWP and Vision Aid Overseas formalised a robust partner…

Mumbai Eye Care Campaign

The World Health Organization has recently estimated that 153 million people worldwide are visually impaired from uncorrected refractive errors. Sightsavers has been addressing this issue through the Mumbai Eye Care Campaign supported by Seeing is Believing. Our experience has shown that the largest barrier in addressing uncorrected refractive error is a lack of eye health…

Kolkata Urban Comprehensive Eye Care Project

The Kolkata Urban Comprehensive Eye Care Project (KUCECP) is a flagship programme of Sightsavers and is supported by Standard Chartered Bank’s Seeing is Believing initiative. This project was designed to address comprehensive eye health for the marginalised communities of urban Kolkata and has targeted 1.49 million, especially women and children. Delivering eye health to communities…