Walking the Walk – Human Resources for Health on UHC Day

IAPB Advocacy Manager
Organisation: IAPB

IAPB is a strong believer and advocate for Universal Health Coverage and supporter of UHCDay. We must all work to ensure that people have access to health services including eye health (all the way from promotion to prevention, treatment, rehabilitation and palliative care) without having to make horrific choices, such as which child/family member gets…

Celebrating Universal Health Coverage Day 2017 – rising for the right to health of all people

IAPB Advocacy Manager
Organisation: IAPB

IAPB is an associate member of the International Disability and Development Consortium. IAPB has been working with the IDDC for the past few years alongside some IAPB members promoting the rights of persons with disability, including persons with visual impairment. We have been and continue to be active on the IDDC UN task group including in…

LSHTM to lead research project for trachoma elimination

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 London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine is to lead a major new research project that aims to accelerate the elimination of trachoma. Stronger-SAFE is a £3.9m Wellcome Trust funded project that will increase the understanding of how trachoma is transmitted, and hopefully lead to the development and testing of new, more effective interventions and treatment…

A call for integrated care for diabetes and eye health

Global Advocacy Advisor, Global Partnerships and Advocacy, The Fred Hollows Foundation
Organisation: The Fred Hollows Foundation

Download global statement on diabetes and eye health: Strengthening health systems to manage diabetic eye disease: Integrated care for diabetes and eye health. Dong-sheng Wang was once a truck driver in Inner Mongolia, China, earning more than RMB6000 (USD 900) each month. But after he began to lose his sight due to diabetic retinopathy, everything began to…

Pediatric Optometry Workshop at Susrut Eye Foundation & Research Centre

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

A Pediatric Optometry Workshop jointly organised by Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry and Susrut Eye Foundation & Research Centre will be held from January 11 to 13, 2018 in Kolkata, India. Venue: Susrut Eye Foundation & Research Centre, HB-36/A/1, Sector-III, Salt Lake City, Kolkata-700106 Open to Interns and 3rd year students Deadline to register: Monday, 1 January,…

Double Celebration in Hanoi

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

Hanoi’s Friendship Cultural Palace was full to capacity on Friday 24th of November for the opening of the 5th National Ophthalmology meeting. It was a spectacular event attended by dignitaries from within Vietnam and overseas, complete with patriotic musical highlights and cultural displays – dramatic, colourful and a fitting way to mark the milestone 100th…

The importance of Inclusive Eye Health

Focal Point for Environmental Sustainability
Organisation: CBM

For International Day of People with Disabilities (3rd Dec, 2017) David Lewis OAM, CBM Focal Point for Inclusion in Eye Health on importance of inclusive eye health. The International Day of People with Disabilities is an important opportunity for me to reflect back on the privilege I had to work with CBM in West Africa…

Dr Nag Rao Admitted to The Order of The Star of Africa

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 Gullapalli N Rao, chairman, L V Prasad Eye Institute (LVPEI) was inducted as a Commander, Order of the Star of Africa by Nobel Laureate and President of Liberia, Dr Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, on 24 November 2017. During the induction ceremony, President Sirleaf lauded Dr Rao for his contributions and distinguished service to the Republic…

Public Health and Ophthalmology Share the Stage at Shanghai Gong-Ji Forum

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

The Chateau Star River in Shanghai was the glittering location for the Gong-Ji Forum, a gathering of over 600 delegates on the weekend of November 17 – 19. This event, hosted by Shanghai General Hospital and Jiao Tong University is one of the largest annual gatherings of ophthalmologists in China. Every year the participants come…

2018 António Champalimaud Vision Award

Communications Manager
Organisation: IAPB

The 2018 António Champalimaud Vision Award will be presented to active research groups involved in basic or clinical research which has led to a major breakthrough in the understanding and/or the preservation of vision. Candidates will be considered by a distinguished international jury for the outstanding quality and distinction of their original research contributions, the…

OEU Investigates Eye Health in Maldives, Sri Lanka

IAPB South East Asia Regional Coordinator
Organisation: IAPB

Operation Eyesight Universal (OEU), along with IAPB, visited Maldives and Sri Lanka to explore the feasibility of extending support to strengthen eye health service delivery there. In the second week of November, I accompanied a team from Operation Eyesight Universal to explore opportunities for improving eye health services in Sri Lanka and Maldives, two countries…

Born Too Soon

Director NEHA (newborn eye health alliance); ROP surgeon incharge of the Indian Twin Cities ROP screening (ITCROPS) program; a trainer to hundreds of ROP specialists globally at L V Prasad Eye Institute, India.
Organisation: L V Prasad Eye Institute

This is on behalf of a blind ROP baby in India and other growing economies… — ‘’She was born too soon’’–seven weeks early–they told my worried parents. I was born at 33 weeks and weighed 1.7 kgs. But technology and care in the hands of trained doctors and nurses helped me survive. Behind them was…

New Fund to Eliminate Onchocerciasis

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 Mectizan Donation Program is pleased to share the good news that during the “Reaching the Last Mile: Mobilizing Together to Eliminate Infectious Diseases” event held in Abu Dhabi earlier this week, Abu Dhabi’s Crown Prince, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation launched a $100 million fund to eliminate river…

ROP in India: Change Is On the Horizon

Director of Programmes
Organisation: The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust

On World Prematurity Day,  Andrew Cooper, Director of Programmes, The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust writes on the Trust’s work on ROP and talks about a visit seeing some of their work in India. Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP) is a heart-breaking disease that causes blindness in babies born prematurely. It occurs when they are administered…

Today is World Prematurity Day : VISION 2020 Workshops and ROP

VISION 2020 Workshop Programme Manager
Organisation: ICEH

On World Prematurity Day, Robin Percy, Workshops Programme Manager writes about the work of IAPB and its members on ROP. IAPB has been able to support Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP) programmes in Russia and Eastern Europe, with support from the Eye Samaritans International. Alan Richards, the Founder of Eye Samaritans International, is committed to preventing…

Integrating ROP into neonatal care

Co-director ICEH
Organisation: International Centre for Eye Health

On World Prematurity Day, Professor Clare Gilbert, Co-director ICEH on why ROP needs to be an integral component of neonatal care . Preterm birth is an important cause of visual loss in children in all regions: in high income settings it is the commonest cause of cerebral visual impairment, and in many middle income countries…