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President, International Eye Foundation and Vice-President, IAPB
Organisation: International Eye Foundation

2019 in Review: Transition to 2020

President, International Eye Foundation and Vice-President, IAPB
Organisation: International Eye Foundation
When I haven’t travelled for about 3 months, I miss stepping over that little space between the jetway and the plane and soaring to my next challenge.  Leaving 2019 and embarking on 2020 feels like that to me.  Two decades have flown by since our meetings at WHO in 1999 to launch VISION2020/The Right to…

Reminiscences

President, International Eye Foundation and Vice-President, IAPB
Organisation: International Eye Foundation

On International Women’s Day, Victoria Sheffield,  President & CEO, International Eye Foundation and Vice President, IAPB reminisces on her journey in eye care… My wonderful opportunities to build strong friendships, working relationships, and trust were not given lightly, but working hard and proving oneself attracts amazing people who help along the way. I began my…

2018 in Review: A Letter from the Vice President

President, International Eye Foundation and Vice-President, IAPB
Organisation: International Eye Foundation
Dear colleagues, IAPB has seen a number of changes over this fast-paced year!  We welcomed Peter Holland as our new CEO who brings extensive international and management experience. He immediately dedicated time to speak with all members either in person or by phone, took on the strategic planning process for the Secretariat, and moved IAPB’s…

First Project under the IAPB-Rotary International Service Partnership

President, International Eye Foundation and Vice-President, IAPB
Organisation: International Eye Foundation

The IAPB-Rotary International Service Partnership aims to join IAPB member agencies with Rotary Clubs around the world to jointly design, fund and implement eye care projects around the world.  IAPB and Rotary International (RI) signed an MOU in 2017 making the IAPB-RI partnership one of only five service partnerships in RI’s portfolio. The first pilot…

USAID Grants for Child Eye Health

President, International Eye Foundation and Vice-President, IAPB
Organisation: International Eye Foundation

On World/Universal Children’s Day, Victoria Sheffield, International Eye Foundation on the USAID Grants for Child Eye Health. A child’s eye is not simply a “small adult” eye.  The structures are tighter and special instruments are needed to examine or perform surgery on a child’s eye, especially a newborn baby’s eye.  Children who need eye surgery…

Pioneering Community-Based Ivermectin Distribution in Cameroon

President, International Eye Foundation and Vice-President, IAPB
Organisation: International Eye Foundation

When Merck and Company made Mectizan® available for mass distribution, grants from the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and the River Blindness Foundation enabled IEF to pioneer the first “community-based” Mectizan® distribution programme in Africa. This was done in 1990 in collaboration with Africare in Adamawa Province, Nigeria.  At the same time, the first…