IAPB Awards

At each quadrennial general assembly, IAPB traditionally confers awards for exceptional or significant service to prevention of blindness globally and regionally.

The following awards were presented by IAPB at the 9th General Assembly.

Lifetime Achievement Award

Mr Christian Garms, Germany

Ex President and Chairman of the Board , IAPB

Global Achievement Award

Dr Gullapalli N Rao, India

Distinguished Chair of Eye Health, 

L V Prasad Eye Institute

Global Partnership Award

Merk & Co.  Inc., USA

Regional Awards, AFRICA

Dr Maria Hagan, Ghana

West Africa Co-Chair, IAPB

Dr Makwawanga Mankiew Emile, DRC

Director, National Programme for the Prevention of Blindness


Dr Rubina Gillani, Pakistan

Country Manager, The Fred Hollows Foundation

Dr Jaouad Hammou, Morocco

National Coordinator for the Prevention of Blindness, Ministry of Health

Regional Awards, EUROPE

Dr Ivo Kocur, Czech Republic

Prevention of Blindness and Deafness, Team Leader, WHO

Dr Timothy J ffytche, United Kingdom Ophtalmologist

Regional Awards, LATIN AMERICA

Dr Francisco Martinez Castro, Mexico

President, Diabetic Retinopathy Tecnical Subcommittee, IAPB Latina America

Dr Juan Silva, Colombia

Regional Advisor Prevention of Blindness, PAHO

Regional Awards, NORTH AMERICA

Mr John M. Barrows, USA

Vice President for Programs and Director for Sustainability Initiatives, International Eye Foundation

Dr Eugene Helveston, USA

Global Director, ORBIS Cyber-Sight

Regional Awards, SOUTH EAST ASIA

Dr Khalequzzaman, Bangladesh

Honorary General Secretary, Bangladesh National Society for the Blind

Dr Ravilla Duraisami Ravindran, India

Chairman, Aravind Eye Care System and South East Asia Co-Chair, IAPB

Regional Awards, WESTERN PACIFIC

Ms Sheona McGraw, Canada

Former Regional Programmes Manager, IAPB Western Pacific

Prof Leshan Tan, China

China Coordinator, IAPB