Free eye care services help 20,000 people in Tanzania

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 20 September, 2018, Mwanza, Lake Zone, Tanzania: Recent celebrations launched. In its quest to accelerate eye care services to more people in more locations, Brien Holden Vision Institute is collaborating with the Tanzanian-born Dr Moes Nasser and Optometry Giving Sight to implement a new initiative known as Lake Zone Roshanali Nasser’s Outreach Project.…

PNG has one of the highest rates of blindness in the world – nationwide study

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 first national survey on eye health in Papua New Guinea (PNG) has found that the prevalence of blindness among people aged 50 years and older is 5.6%, which is one of the highest rates in the world. The study, which was recently published in the British Journal of Ophthalmology, found the major causes of…

Major research underway into avoidable blindness in the occupied Palestinian territories

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

St John of Jerusalem Eye Hospital Group (SJEHG) is conducting its second-ever Rapid Assessment of Avoidable Blindness (RAAB) study in the occupied Palestinian territories (oPt). The study began in July 2018. RAAB is a population-based survey of adults age 50 years and over, using rapid examination techniques. Over 200 RAABs have been completed worldwide, providing…

WSD Photo Competition: Popular Picks At the IAPB Council

Communications Manager
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 competitions,…

The Chinese Government takes steps to tackle myopia in 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

The Chinese government is taking steps to curb the rising levels of myopia (near-sightedness) among children. The Ministry of Education (MOE) announced a new scheme that aims to reduce the myopia rate amongst 6-year-olds to 3% by 2030. This announcement comes following President Xi Jinping’s recent remarks, where he spoke about the need to protect the…

Membership Mapping – mapping where you work

Membership & Fundraising Officer
Organisation: IAPB

As many of our members will know, CEO Peter Holland has been conducting member calls giving all members an opportunity to speak with him directly on matters that effect their organisation. We’ve had an overwhelming response, and the feedback has given IAPB a lot to consider. One area that kept cropping up with every member…

He Eye Specialists Hospital Holds Forum on Sight for Africa

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

IAPB’s China member, the Shenyang based He Eye Specialists Hospital (HESH) recently organised the 2018 China-Africa Eye Health Cooperation Forum. It was hosted by National Health Commission of P.R.China and co-organised by Orbis International, International Council of Ophthalmology (ICO), African Ophthalmology Council (AOC), HESH and National Training Base for Prevention of Blindness. The forum was…

The Global Disability Summit – Potential game-changer for disability inclusion, assistive technology and eye care

IAPB Advocacy Manager
Organisation: IAPB

The Global Disability Summit, the first of its kind was held on July 24th at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London. It was hosted by the UK’s Department for International Development, the government of Kenya and the International Disability Alliance.  The Summit aimed to vastly increase the pace breadth and depth of implementation of…

Free online course on Diabetic Eye Disease

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

On Monday 8 October 2018, the International Centre for Eye Health and London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine are running a new free online course on Diabetic eye disease with the help of its partners FutureLearn. Understand the diabetes challenge and how health professionals can work with people with diabetes to prevent blindness. About…

Fighting an epidemic in the Pacific Islands: PNG

Getruth Bare, Charge Nurse Manager, Modilon Eye Clinic, Madang Papua New Guinea and Hayley Morrison, Resource Mobilisation Coordinator, The Fred Hollows Foundation NZ celebrate the results from their recent outreach to Ambunti in Papua New Guinea. This programme brings hope and access to sight-saving eye care services for PNG’s indigenous people. The Western Pacific region is home to the…

Dr Akio Kanai, Recipient of the Brien Holden Humanitarian 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

Dr. Akio Kanai, CEO of Fuji Optical, has been announced as the Brien Holden Humanitarian Award winner for 2018 by the American Academy of Optometry (AAO), for his efforts in delivering vision care to refugee communities over more than three decades. The award, honoring the memory and work of Professor Brien Holden, PhD, DSc, FAAO,…

Guidelines for Myopia Management

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: Sydney, Australia, 16 August 2018: Brien Holden Vision Institute has launched its “Guidelines for Myopia Management”, an easy-to-use, practical tool developed to assist the busy eye care professional manage patients with myopia. Available freely online, the guidelines provide a framework to inform diagnostic tests, risk assessment, appropriate myopia management options and scheduling follow-up visits and…

LCIF Supports New Study in Bhutan

IAPB South East Asia Regional Coordinator
Organisation: IAPB

Bhutan, the country with the happiness index, may soon see it’s delight go up a notch higher. IAPB South East Asia is working with Bhutan’s ministry of health to run a nation-wide School Eye Health screening survey in 2019. The survey has just secured funding from Lions Clubs International Foundation’s SightFirst programme. With this support,…

Webinar: Primary Eye Care Training Manual

Regional Programme Coordinator
Organisation: International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB)
Webinar: Primary Eye Care Training Manual IAPB Africa held a Webinar: Primary Eye Care Training Manual on 22 August 2018. It was led by two presenters, Dr Ciku Mathenge, Technical Advisor to WHO AFRO in the development of the package (and IAPB Eye Health Hero) to present on the PEC training Manual document and Dr Bo Wiafe, Chair of the IAPB…

Training and Equipping Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people to tackle threat of DR

Global Communications Manager, Public Health
Organisation: Brien Holden Vision Institute

The Aboriginal Vision Programme Team, Brien Holden Vision Institute write about Provision of Eye Health Equipment and Training – the national programme tackling high incidence of Diabetes related blindness in the Indigenous population. “The old saying goes ‘if you love your job, you never work a day in your life’ and I feel lucky that these simple…

Vacancy: Campaign Manager for Our Children’s Vision (UK)

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

Job: Campaign Manager for Our Children’s Vision – UK, Ireland and Northern Europe Location: Based with Vision Aid Overseas, Crawley, West Sussex (with some home-working possible) Full-time, initial one-year contract (with probable extension to two) Competitive salary, some national and international travel required The Role Our Children’s Vision has been gaining momentum over the last few…