#MakeVisionCount Photo Competition winners announced

Communications Officer
Organisation: IAPB

We are delighted to announce the winners of the #MakeVisionCount Photo Competition. The third World Sight Day photo competition has been a great success with 1100 photo submissions uploaded from 90 countries. Winner – Professional Category:  Visually impaired child learning to write by Ramon Castillo. Runners-up – Professional Category:  Let take care, for more smile by…

WBU statement for White Cane Safety

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

October 15 marks White Cane Safety Day, a day to raise public awareness about safety and independence for persons living with blindness and partial sight. The white cane is the most common mobility aid used by blind and partially sighted people in the world. It is recognized world wide as a symbol of freedom, independence, and…

Standard Chartered and Liverpool FC partner to tackle avoidable blindness

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

Standard Chartered and Liverpool FC have teamed up to help eliminate avoidable blindness through the Bank’s flagship community programme, Seeing is Believing, for the sixth year in a row. Two days after World Sight Day, on Saturday 14th October, the Reds will take to the pitch at Anfield wearing the Seeing is Believing logo on…

Eye health and the environment – why sustainability and inclusivity go hand in hand

Focal Point for Environmental Sustainability
Organisation: CBM

David Lewis, CBM Focal Point for Environmental Sustainability, and Kirsty Smith, Chief Executive of CBM UK, on an important opportunity to promote environmental sustainability in the eye-health sector amid a month of climate disaster. The need for global responsibility cannot be plainer. Hurricanes in quick succession battering communities in the Caribbean, leaving many homeless and…

Eye Inspire: A New Interview Series

Communications Manager
Organisation: IAPB

The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) brings you a series of interviews – written, audio and video – where we speak to women and men from the eye care sector, whose work inspires us all. The Eye-Inspire series will bring you the inspiration and scientific stimuli that has propelled forward some of…

Vision Atlas: Shanghai Eye Disease Treatment and Prevention Centre Highlights Myopia

Regional Program Manager, Western Pacific
Organisation: International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness

With Vision Atlas launches taking place across the Western Pacific Region, the team from Shanghai Eye Disease Treatment and Prevention Centre (SEDTPC) decided this was a great opportunity to highlight the growing burden of myopia in China. Dr Jianfeng Zhu, Director of Division of Preventive Ophthalmology noted how pleasing it is to see that the…

Fiji, PNG and Tonga launch Vision Atlas

Regional Program Manager, Western Pacific
Organisation: International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness

Across the South Pacific, members of the eye health fraternity have taken the opportunity of this year’s World Sight Day – Make Vision Count – to launch the Vision Atlas. As a repository of data and advocacy tool the Atlas is particularly important in these far-flung, often remote island nations. Sister Savelina, Diabetic Retinopathy Nurse…

Australians encouraged to think of their sight on World Sight Day

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

This World Sight Day, Vision 2020 Australia is asking Australians to think about their eye health and look after their sight. CEO of Vision 2020 Australia, Carla Northam says “This year’s World Sight Day provides us with a fantastic opportunity to showcase how we are making vision count in Australia and across the world.” From…

“Avoidable Blindness” Set to Increase in Future

Communications Manager
Organisation: IAPB

On World Sight Day, eye care organisations around the world take note of new data that shows that global eye care efforts are at serious risk of being overwhelmed—unless we act now. New data published in the Lancet Global Health shows that decades of declining “avoidable blindness”—those with uncorrected refractive errors and cataract—is plateauing, and…

Vision Aid Overseas to expand its Ghana 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

Working together with the Ghana Health Service and other NGOs, Vision Aid Overseas plans to expand its programme in Ghana to increase access to affordable eye care services in rural and isolated areas. In Ghana, it is estimated that 95% of the population (approximately 26 million people) do not have access to affordable eye care…

IAPB Vision Atlas: Key Messages

Communications Manager
Organisation: IAPB

The IAPB Vision Atlas will be revised with the latest data and projections on World Sight Day this year (12 October 2017). The updated Atlas will include the latest blindness and visual impairment prevalence data (2015) along with the main causes. The prevalence data will go back to 1990 and will also include projections to…

Noor Dubai Foundation to hold Art 4 Sight auction

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 Dubai, UAE: As part of this year’s World Sight Day activities, the Noor Dubai Foundation will raise funds to support those in need of free eye treatments. The Foundation launched the “Art 4 Sight” charity art auction to support its local and global programmes that are focused on the prevention of blindness. This year’s event…

Launch of Vision UK underway

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

Preparations are under way for the official launch of Vision UK in 2018. Vision UK will work in collaboration with partners across the eye health and sight loss sector to deliver positive change for blind and partially sighted people. On October 1, staff from VISION 2020 UK officially transferred to the new organisation, Vision UK.…

Dr Sheila West, International Blindness Prevention recipient

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

Dr Sheila West, has been selected by the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) as this year’s winner of the International Blindness Prevention Award. She is the El-Maghraby Professor of Preventive Ophthalmology and Vice Chair for Research at the Wilmer Eye Institute, with a joint appointment in the Department of Epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of…

Peter Ackland To Step Down

Communications Manager
Organisation: IAPB

Peter Ackland, CEO of the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB), will be retiring from his role at the end of this year. Bob McMullan, President, announced Peter’s decision to step down at the IAPB Council of Members meeting held recently in Kathmandu, Nepal. Speaking at the Council, Bob spoke for the members,…

Noor Dubai Foundation completes 7 years

Marketing and Corporate Communications Manager
Organisation: Noor Dubai Foundation

Noor Dubai Foundation is proud to celebrate seven years of spreading eye care and treating preventable blindness! First launched as an initiative in 2008 aimed at treating and preventing visual impairment through educational and treatment programmes, Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President & Prime Minister of the UAE and ruler of Dubai, officially launched…

South East Asia Day at CoM

IAPB South East Asia Regional Coordinator
Organisation: IAPB

At IAPB Council of Member’s meeting the South East Asia (SEA) Day was attended by almost 300 participants from over 70 organisations throughout the globe. It is considered as one of the biggest IAPB CoM meeting. The meeting was divided into seven sessions: Setting the tone, Cataract, Glaucoma, Uncorrected Refractive Error, Diabetic Retinopathy, Cornea and…