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The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) is an alliance of civil society organisations, corporates and professional bodies promoting eye health through advocacy, knowledge and partnerships.
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Dr. David Heiden, Seva Foundation Partner, recipient of AAO Humanitarian Service Award

The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) is an alliance of civil society organisations, corporates and professional bodies promoting eye health through advocacy, knowledge and partnerships.
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Seva staff and volunteers have long recognized the work of Dr. David Heiden, founder and Medical Director of Seva’s AIDS Eye Initiative, as the epitome of selfless service. The American Academy of Ophthalmology recently agreed with this assessment by awarding Dr. Heiden its 2018 Outstanding Humanitarian Service Award, which recognizes ophthalmologists who have made exemplary…

PEEK App Boosts Eye Health Among Children

The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) is an alliance of civil society organisations, corporates and professional bodies promoting eye health through advocacy, knowledge and partnerships.
Organisation: IAPB

Screening schoolchildren’s eyesight using the world’s first clinically-tested smartphone vision check app has more than doubled the proportion of children attending follow-up appointments in a trial comparing it to conventional screening, according to new research published in The Lancet Global Health. The Peek school eye health system is an integrated smartphone screening system which includes…

Australian government funds new National Diabetes Eye Screening Programme

The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) is an alliance of civil society organisations, corporates and professional bodies promoting eye health through advocacy, knowledge and partnerships.
Organisation: IAPB

Leading diabetes and eye health groups applauded the Australian Government’s funding announcement for a new national diabetes eye screening programme to reduce vision loss and blindness in people with diabetes. The Australian-first initiative programme is a major step in the fight against diabetes related blindness and will enable early detection and treatment to protect the…

RANZCO elects Dr Heather Mack as first female President

The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) is an alliance of civil society organisations, corporates and professional bodies promoting eye health through advocacy, knowledge and partnerships.
Organisation: IAPB

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (RANZCO) has elected Dr Heather Mack to be their new President. Dr Mack, who will be the College’s first female President, serves as President Elect until the RANZCO Congress in November, when she is appointed President and her predecessor, Associate Professor Mark Daniell, stands down. Dr…

Björn Stenvers appointed as Eye Care Foundation’s CEO

The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) is an alliance of civil society organisations, corporates and professional bodies promoting eye health through advocacy, knowledge and partnerships.
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Björn Stenvers, currently an executive director at the ‘Fonds de Dotation de L’ICOM’, has been appointed as the CEO of the Eye Care Foundation (ECF). Björn Stenvers succeeds Ruud Wiedijk, who retired from his position at the Eye Care Foundation earlier this year. “Looking at delivery and environmental impact, new strategies and cross-roads are needed to answer…

#EyeCareEverywhere Photo Competition 2018 is live!

The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) is an alliance of civil society organisations, corporates and professional bodies promoting eye health through advocacy, knowledge and partnerships.
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IAPB, with support from Bayer, is back with its fourth online photo competition on the theme “Eye Care Everywhere” ending on World Sight Day (11 October 2018). Prizes include a DSLR camera and a cash prize! Find out more at http://photocomp.iapb.org (Do use the hashtag #EyeCareEverywhere) After the immense success of our three successive photo…

WHO Afro releases Primary Eye Care Training Manual

The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) is an alliance of civil society organisations, corporates and professional bodies promoting eye health through advocacy, knowledge and partnerships.
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The WHO Regional Office for Africa has launched a training manual entitled “Primary Eye Care Training Manual – A course to strengthen the capacity of health personnel to manage eye patients at primary-level health facilities in the African Region”. The purpose of this manual is to provide guidance in the design, implementation and evaluation of…

Nominations open for Her Abilities – an award honouring women with disabilities

The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) is an alliance of civil society organisations, corporates and professional bodies promoting eye health through advocacy, knowledge and partnerships.
Organisation: IAPB

Press Release: Nominations for Her Abilities, a new global award celebrating the achievements of women with disabilities in the areas of Health & Education | Rights | Arts, Culture & Sports, are open from 2nd July till 30th September. Her Abilities, a Light for the World initiative, is inspired and driven forward by Ethiopian disability activist…

WHO’s Weekly Epidemiological Record shows reduction in trachoma prevalence

The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) is an alliance of civil society organisations, corporates and professional bodies promoting eye health through advocacy, knowledge and partnerships.
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The number of people at risk from trachoma, the world’s leading infectious cause of blindness, has reduced from 190.2 million in 2016 to 157.7 million in April 2018, the World Health Organization (WHO) has reported in its Weekly Epidemiological Record (WER). The progress update presents 2017 data on the implementation of the SAFE strategy (surgery, antibiotics, facial…

How To Videos on the IAPB Vision Atlas

The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) is an alliance of civil society organisations, corporates and professional bodies promoting eye health through advocacy, knowledge and partnerships.
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Interactive maps The IAPB Vision Atlas has interactive maps that showcase prevalence and causes data of blindness and vision impairment. Prevalence data is country-level data from 1990 to 2015, with projections to 2020. Causes data too is from 1990 to 2015, with projections–but only at the GBD region level. We also have a new map on…

VISION 2020 Australia appoints new CEO

The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) is an alliance of civil society organisations, corporates and professional bodies promoting eye health through advocacy, knowledge and partnerships.
Organisation: IAPB

Vision 2020 Australia is pleased to announce the appointment of Judith Abbott as Chief Executive Officer (CEO), effective immediately. Ms Abbott joins the organisation after an extensive career in government, prior to which she worked as an optometrist in Victoria and held clinical and management roles in the eye care sector. Announcing Ms Abbott as…

Book: Arthur Ferguson MacCallan Biography

The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) is an alliance of civil society organisations, corporates and professional bodies promoting eye health through advocacy, knowledge and partnerships.
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The second, and revised, edition of the Arthur Ferguson MacCallan, CBE, MD, FRCS biography, Light Out of Deep Darkness is now out.  Arthur MacCallan was a world authority on trachoma. He had developed the “MacCallan Classification” in 1905, which went on to be adopted by the World Health Organization as its standard in 1952. In 2014, the…

ODI: Leaving No-one Behind in Access to Vision

The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) is an alliance of civil society organisations, corporates and professional bodies promoting eye health through advocacy, knowledge and partnerships.
Organisation: IAPB

Khan, A, Engen, L. & Desai H., Leaving No One Behind In Access to Vision: Catalysing Funding for Primary Eye Care, ODI Report, April 2018 In 2017, James Chen, founder of the UK-based eye health agency – Vision For A Nation – published the book Clearly: How a 700-year old invention can change the world…

Knowledge (July 2018)

The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) is an alliance of civil society organisations, corporates and professional bodies promoting eye health through advocacy, knowledge and partnerships.
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Eye Health Khan, A, Engen, L. & Desai H., Leaving No One Behind In Access to Vision: Catalysing Funding for Primary Eye Care, ODI Report, April 2018, Chandana, Traci et al., Association of Mortality with Ocular Diseases and Visual Impairment in the Age-Related Eye Disease Study 2, Report Number 13, AAO, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ophtha.2017.10.028 Thomsen, Bach-Holmin et…

Nursing Now

The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) is an alliance of civil society organisations, corporates and professional bodies promoting eye health through advocacy, knowledge and partnerships.
Organisation: IAPB

In collaboration with the World Health Organization and International Council of Nurses, Nursing Now aims to raise the status and profile of nursing. We work to empower nurses to take their place at the heart of tackling 21st Century health challenges. Run in collaboration with the World Health Organization and International Council of Nurses, Nursing Now seeks to…

Collective Efforts: Zanzibar’s Universal Pension Scheme and HelpAge Int

The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) is an alliance of civil society organisations, corporates and professional bodies promoting eye health through advocacy, knowledge and partnerships.
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HelpAge International Missing millions: How older people with disabilities are excluded from humanitarian response (executive summary). This is the executive summary of a report exploring how older people with disabilities’ rights and needs are widely overlooked in humanitarian responses. It highlights barriers they face in getting assistance and how these can be overcome. Zanzibar’s Universal…

Training Opportunities (June 2018)

The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) is an alliance of civil society organisations, corporates and professional bodies promoting eye health through advocacy, knowledge and partnerships.
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University of Cape Town Division of Ophthalmology Community Eye Health Institute UCT CEHI – Alcon Ophthalmology Surgery Training Unit There are six courses available in 2018: Dates Title of course 02 – 06 July 2018 Trabeculectomy 09 – 13 July 2018 Trabeculectomy 25 – 29 September 2018 Phaco-emulsification surgery 19 – 23 November 2018 Manual…

African Ophthalmology Council Has New Staff

The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) is an alliance of civil society organisations, corporates and professional bodies promoting eye health through advocacy, knowledge and partnerships.
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The African Ophthalmology Council (AOC) are pleased to announce the addition of a new staff to their offices. Ms. Vestal Fick, from Cape Town (South Africa), joins the AOC as their Manager. This new role was created to provide professional management and administrative support to the AOC President, Executive Committee and other committees and task…

Arclight Tandem Africa

The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) is an alliance of civil society organisations, corporates and professional bodies promoting eye health through advocacy, knowledge and partnerships.
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Alex McMaster and Merlin Hetherington are students at the University of St Andrews. In October 2018 they will set off from Cairo on a 10,000km cycle to Cape Town. They will be travelling through parts of the African continent that have limited access to health resources, but where there is often a high burden of…

Towards A Common Future

The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) is an alliance of civil society organisations, corporates and professional bodies promoting eye health through advocacy, knowledge and partnerships.
Organisation: IAPB

The global vision crisis was recognised at a meeting of world leaders for the first time in history.  The heads of all 53 Commonwealth nations committed to action to achieve ‘quality eye care for all’ – a landmark decision that can change hundreds of millions of lives in the years ahead. The key clause (N0.33)…