Timor-Leste has new Eye Health Strategic Plan

IAPB South East Asia Regional Coordinator
Organisation: IAPB

As part of the process of implementing the WHO Global Action Plan 2014 – 2019, IAPB, the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) along with the WHO country office in Timor-Leste supported the East Timor Eye Care Programme to carry out a national blindness survey using RAAB survey methodology in 2016. The survey work was…

WHO Publishes SEAsia-specific DR Guidelines

IAPB South East Asia Regional Coordinator
Organisation: IAPB

Diabetes mellitus (DM) is increasing in the world and in countries of the South-East Asia (SEA) Region. The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) estimates that the number of people with DM in the seven countries of the SEA Region, is likely to increase from 87.6 million in 2019, to 115.1 million in 2030. The age-adjusted prevalence…

45 Years of Independence: Success in Papua New Guinea

President
Organisation: PNG Prevention of Blindness Committee

Dr Jambi Garap, Senior Lecturer in Ophthalmology, University of Papua New Guinea/Chair National Prevention of Blindness Committee/Eye Health Hero 2016 September 16, 2020 marks 45 years since Papua New Guinea gained independence from Australia. Much has been written about PNG’s successes and our struggles over the past four and a half decades – I have…

HelpMeSee Names Saro Jahani as President and CEO

The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) is an alliance of civil society organisations, private sector, and professional bodies promoting eye health through advocacy, knowledge and partnerships.
Organisation: IAPB

HelpMeSee, the not-for-profit global campaign to end cataract blindness, announces the appointment of Saro Jahani as President and CEO of HelpMeSee. He is also joining the Board of Directors. Mr. Jahani succeeds Jacob Mohan Thazahathu, who retired after ten years of dedicated service. Mr. Jahani is a veteran in software delivery and management. For the…

VISION 2020 and Me: Amanda Davis

The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) is an alliance of civil society organisations, private sector, and professional bodies promoting eye health through advocacy, knowledge and partnerships.
Organisation: IAPB

What does VISION 2020 mean to you? What was its impact on eye care service and delivery around the world? VISION 2020 was a call to action to policy makers, NGOs, civil society, professional bodies and industry with the partnership of WHO and IAPB launching the initiative signifying the importance of the pursuit of ending…

Vision 2020 and Me: Serge Resnikoff

The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) is an alliance of civil society organisations, private sector, and professional bodies promoting eye health through advocacy, knowledge and partnerships.
Organisation: IAPB

Serge Resnikoff ran the WHO’s PBD Unit and played a critical role in delivering VISION 2020 from WHO. He discusses some of the achievements of VISION 2020 in this ‘Vision Excellence‘ blog series to mark the end of VISION 2020. What does VISION 2020 mean to you? I had joined the WHO just as the…

VISION 2020 and Me: Hugh Taylor

The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) is an alliance of civil society organisations, private sector, and professional bodies promoting eye health through advocacy, knowledge and partnerships.
Organisation: IAPB

Hugh Taylor is a giant in eye health, and has played various roles over the decades. He was a vice-president of IAPB and a Regional Chair of IAPB West Pacific among many key roles in the sector. He discusses some of the achievements of VISION 2020 in this ‘Vision Excellence‘ blog series to mark the end…

EyDIA Journal Club: Insights from Google AI and Eye Health

The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) is an alliance of civil society organisations, private sector, and professional bodies promoting eye health through advocacy, knowledge and partnerships.
Organisation: IAPB

EyDIA – Artificial Intelligence and Digital Innovation in Eye is a monthly AI- and digital innovation-based international virtual eye journal club initiated by the AI and Digital Innovation group of Singapore National Eye Center (SNEC)/Singapore Eye Research Institute (SERI). This event will be jointly co-organised by the SNEC/SERI AI and Digital Innovation team and SG Innovate.…

Prevent Blindness and Responsum Health Launch Innovative Glaucoma Platform

The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) is an alliance of civil society organisations, private sector, and professional bodies promoting eye health through advocacy, knowledge and partnerships.
Organisation: IAPB

In an effort to educate the public on glaucoma, raise awareness and bring patients and caregivers together, today, Prevent Blindness and Responsum Health have launched “The Glaucoma Community,” a new platform that can be accessed for free via web browser or mobile app in the android and iOS stores. The Glaucoma Community was made possible by a grant from…

Global Virtual Simulation Symposium

The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) is an alliance of civil society organisations, private sector, and professional bodies promoting eye health through advocacy, knowledge and partnerships.
Organisation: IAPB

Orbis International is organising a Global Virtual Simulation Symposium for anyone to join from the across the globe interested in incorporating simulation training into their ophthalmic training programmes! The Programme will run October 12 – 16th, 2020. This symposium will bring together leaders in the field of simulation to present on technology, best practices, guidelines and…

Myanmar eliminates trachoma

The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) is an alliance of civil society organisations, private sector, and professional bodies promoting eye health through advocacy, knowledge and partnerships.
Organisation: IAPB

Myanmar has been validated by the World Health Organization (WHO) for eliminating trachoma as a public health problem.  The announcement follows annual period prevalence data from 2010 to 2015 showing that active trachoma in children under 10 years of age across all the regions and states in Myanmar ranged from 0% to 0.0537%, which is…

Bringing Myopia into Focus for Parents Worldwide

Head of Commercial Operations
Organisation: CooperVision Specialty EyeCare

How CooperVision is Spreading the Word About the Growing Epidemic Slowing the progression of myopia, or nearsightedness, in children doesn’t start with an eye exam. It starts with awareness, often from parents and guardians, around what myopia means for eye health, as well as what can be done to prevent or treat the disease. If…

4th World Congress of Optometry Postponed Until 2023

The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) is an alliance of civil society organisations, private sector, and professional bodies promoting eye health through advocacy, knowledge and partnerships.
Organisation: IAPB

September 9, 2020 – St. Louis, Missouri, USA – After much consideration, the World Council of Optometry (WCO) has announced that the 4th World Congress of Optometry (WCO4) planned for Melbourne, Australia in 2021, will now be postponed to September 8-10, 2023. The partnership with Optometry Victoria South Australia (OV/SA) and the Optical Distributors and…

New CEO and President at Orbis

The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) is an alliance of civil society organisations, private sector, and professional bodies promoting eye health through advocacy, knowledge and partnerships.
Organisation: IAPB

Derek Hodkey has been appointed to lead Orbis as their new President and CEO. With 25 years working in health-related fields, Derek brings with him a wealth of leadership experience that spans across international development, R&D, life sciences, non-profit as well as in the biotech and pharmaceutical sectors. He joins the Orbis family from Counterpart…

Championing and delivering Inclusive Eye Health

Executive Director
Organisation: CBM Global

Our history CBM Global Disability Inclusion is delighted to be joining IAPB. The former CBM International Federation made changes in 2019 to allow different parts of the Federation to focus on their priorities and areas of expertise. Seven CBM Member Associations (Australia, New Zealand, Switzerland, UK, Ireland, Kenya and South Africa) agreed to register as…

Sustainability in Uncertain Times

Marketing Manager
Organisation: CharityVision

In the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic, the need for stability and sustainability weighs heavily, especially on low-income countries. People with vision loss are 17% more likely to suffer from depression. For individuals suffering from visual impairment, the destructive and disruptive effects of the pandemic greatly exacerbate this struggle as they are unable to receive…

Save the date: Western Pacific webinars

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

Some webinars will be coming up specifically for the West Pac region. Western Pacific Region Members’ Webinar on Integrated People Centred Eye Care, Thursday October 29 Western Pacific Region Members’ Webinar on ECSAT, Thursday November 26. Webinar with Australian of the Year, Ophthalmologist and IAPB Member Dr James Muecke, Thursday November 12.   More information…

Highlighting Singapore Eye Research Institute

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

Many of you are aware of the world-leading activities undertaken by our Singapore-based member SERI – particularly their ground-breaking research and work in the technology sector. Of course, as we move into the latter part of 2020, SERI was also expecting to play host to GA2020. COVID may have disrupted our 2020 plans, but not…

Restoring sight in the midst of a pandemic

Cambodia’s top ophthalmologist shares how COVID-19 has changed eye health and why sight-saving work must not stop. COVID-19 has put the world’s health systems to the test. In countries greatly affected by the pandemic, the shortage of hospitals and healthcare workers is reducing people’s access to other important and urgent health services. Among those services…