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Connect and Learn with IAPB this Autumn/Winter

Published: 24.10.2018

Story: Connect and Learn with IAPB this Autumn/Winter/ Image: Conversations at the Council This Autumn/Winter IAPB are offering some exciting opportunities for members to connect and learn with experts from across the network. Also on offer are chances to input into IAPB’s World Sight Day Activities report and opportunities to speak to IAPB CEO Peter Holland.

Drop in sessions with IAPB CEO Peter Holland

Peter speaking at the Council
Peter speaking at the Council

IAPB CEO Peter Holland would like to offer the opportunity for members to take part in drop in-sessions to discuss; new ideas, membership or simply to introduce your organisation to him as well as discuss strategic priorities for 2019.

The sessions are an inclusive and open opportunity to connect with other members and with Peter. These sessions will be offered on a first come first serve basis and will be group discussions with other members.

5th November – 15:30-17:00 (UK) – to register please email [email protected]

7th November – 8:00-9:30am (UK) – to register please email [email protected]


IAPB presents three webinars for members and partnering organisations to take part in over the coming months. From discovering the world of eye banking to focusing on ROP in Africa to finding out more about the IAPB School Eye Health Work Group and their guidelines. To sign up simply follow the links.

All webinars are available on a first come first serve basis, and each webinar has 100 places available. If you register to attend and are unable to for any reason, please do cancel your registration to allow others to attend.

IAPB Learn: IAPB Standard Guidelines for School Eye Health Programmes

6th November – 9:00-10:00am (UK)

This webinar on school eye health programmes has two presentations. The first will cover the following: the eye health needs of school and preschool-age children, and of adults of working age (teachers), and how these conditions could be addressed within school eye health programmes; the importance of monitoring and evaluating school eye health programmes will be highlighted, listing potential indicators.  The second presentation will give an overview of IAPB’s Standard Guidelines for School Eye Health Programmes in low and middle income settings, including how they originated, the process of development, and an overview of the content.

Presenters: Professor Clare Gilbert, Professor of International Eye Health, International Centre for Eye Health (ICEH), Hasan Minto, Director of Programs, Brien Holden Vision Institute Foundation, Dr Priya Morjaria, Research Fellow, International Centre for Eye Health (ICEH) and Susan Evans, Seeing is Believing, Project Officer.

Register here:

IAPB Learn: ROP an emerging threat in Africa

13th November – 11:00-12:00pm (UK)

Retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) was the commonest cause of irreversible blindness in children in the USA and Western Europe in the 1940s. This “1st epidemic” came to an end when oxygen administration was better managed. However, ROP is now an important cause of blindness in children in upper and lower-middle income countries, particularly in Latin America and Asia – over 30,000 infants born preterm are becoming blind from ROP every year worldwide. This “3rd epidemic” of ROP blindness is being driven by expanding neonatal intensive care, which is increasing survival; suboptimal quality of care, which increases exposure to risk factors, and lack of services to screen and treat the 5-15% of preterm babies who develop the sight-threatening stages of ROP. ROP is now emerging as a threat in Sub-Saharan African countries as neonatal care expands.

Presenters: Professor Clare Gilbert, Professor of International Eye Health, International Centre for Eye Health (ICEH), Dr Linda Visser, Academic Head of Department of Ophthalmology, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Sarah Stitati, Pediatric ophthalmologist, Kenyatta National Hospital, Chairperson ROP working group,  Kenya and Simon Day, IAPB, Africa Regional Coordinator

Register here:

IAPB Learn: Human Tissue and YOU

4th December – 7:00-8:00am (UK)

Who this is for: All civil societies and members of the eye health care community interested in learning about human tissue use in eye surgery, training and research. This also appeals to those interested in learning about how they can donate their own body.  Note, this presentation may be confronting for some.


To provide knowledge to Individuals, on:

  • The end-of-life process and the donation process
  • How your donation supports a wide range of ocular transplant, training and research types.

Civil Societies and Health Professionals, on:

  • Your role as a Custodians/Steward, supporting ethical and equitable access, and use, of human tissue across the eye care sector
  • The management and use of human tissue in surgery, training and research
  • How the sector works
  • How this fits within the wider IAPB and WHO goals

Presenter: Heather Machin, eye care nurse with an extended role in the care and management of human tissue for transplant, training and research, Global Alliance of Eye Bank Associations

Register here:

Contribute to the World Sight Day Activity Report

2018’s World Sight Day was a fantastic showcase of how the IAPB alliance can get together to advocate and promote eye health. IAPB want to hear about what your organisation did to celebrate so that we can compile our annual World Sight Day Activity Report. The report tells a powerful story, the story of how collectively we’ve highlighted the vital work of the eye care sector.

Please share your details with us by completing the form or email: [email protected]