Designing a blindness survey for Afghanistan – RAAB in Kabul

IAPB South East Asia Regional Coordinator
Organisation: IAPB

HealthNET TPO, a Netherlands-based INGO, supporting Ministry of Public Health, Afghanistan recently requested that I visit Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, to help design a vision impairment survey based on the RAAB survey methodology. Afghanistan is a land-locked mountainous country with an estimated population of 31 million (74% rural), where more than a third of…

IAPB WPR Focus: Editorial July 2018

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

Hi everyone, Quarter Two of 2018 was busy for us in the Western Pacific. We’ve been out on the road, meeting with many of you, visiting the fantastic projects that you – our members and friends – are implementing… plus we’ve been busy making preparations for key events in Q3 and Q4. Here are a few key…

He Group Launch County-level Mode to Eliminate Avoidable Blindness

Director PBL Department He Vision Group
Organisation: Shenyang He Eye Hospital

The prevalence of blindness in Western China continues to be high. To overcome the shortage of eye care services in these economically under-developed provinces, a pilot project funded by State Development & Investment Corp., He Eye Specialist Hospital, Delos Foundation International and Beijing Genomics Institute (BGI) is being implemented in the Guizhou province from 2018…

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.
Organisation: IAPB

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…

New Leadership at the Brien Holden Vision Institute

Communications Manager
Organisation: IAPB

Professor Kovin Naidoo has resigned as CEO of both the Brien Holden Vision Institute and the Brien Holden Vision Institute Foundation. The Board of the Institute has announced a two-pronged approach to the development of the group’s new focus. Ms Yvette Waddell, as new CEO of the Institute, will focus on translational research. The role of CEO…

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…

Bringing Lessons from the Blue Continent to Europe

President
Organisation: PacEyes

Journey Five representatives of the Pacific Eye Care Society (PacEYES) set out on a journey to meet, advocate and share their eye health experience at the World Ophthalmology Congress in Barcelona. New Zealand-based, Dr. Ana Cama of Fiji, PNG-based doctors, Geoffrey Wabulembo and Jambi Garap, Dr. Andronico Ly of Timor Leste and myself – Fiji-based…

Korean Startups innovate with braille technology & diagnostic tools

CEO, LabSD

At the end of the May 2018, Drew Keys, the Regional Program Manager of the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) Western Pacific region visited South Korea to facilitate the organization’s collaboration and cooperation with its partners in the country.  Amongst the various activities he took part in, was a special session on innovation…

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…

Inaugural Meeting of the ECSA-HC Experts Committee on Eye Health

Regional Programme Coordinator
Organisation: International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB)

As reported in the IAPB Africa Newsletter 2017 Q2, the East, Central and Southern African Health Community (ECSA HC), with support of College of Ophthalmologists of East Central and Southern Africa (COECSA) and IAPB established the ECSA-HC expert committee on eye health in an effort to raise and sustain the eye health agenda high at…

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.
Organisation: IAPB

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…

RAAB in Inhambane, Mozambique

Projects Manager
Organisation: Eyes Of The World (Fundació Ulls del Món)

Francisco Sanz León works as a Projects Manager for Ulls del món (also known as Eyes of the World) and won the Amateur Prize in last year’s #MakeVisionCount photo competition. He writes about the RAAB in Inhambane, Mozambique, where he took his winning photo. My name is Francisco Sanz León and I work as a…

#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.
Organisation: IAPB

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.
Organisation: IAPB

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.
Organisation: IAPB

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…

Eye Bank of Ethiopia Celebrates 15 Years of Service

Communications Manager
Organisation: Himalayan Cataract Project

Partners in eye care, Orbis International, Himalayan Cataract Project and SightLife honor milestone for the highest volume eye bank in sub-Saharan Africa. For the past 15 years the Eye Bank of Ethiopia has worked tirelessly to reverse corneal blindness in the country through the collection and processing of donor corneas. Founded through an agreement between…

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.
Organisation: IAPB

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…