Abstract Submissions open for WOC 2018

Communications Coordinator
Organisation: IAPB

The abstract submissions for the World Ophthalmology Congress (WOC) to be held in Barcelona, Spain from 16-19 June 2018 are open. The submissions can be made from August 21 through the online abstract submission system. Submissions will be accepted in both English and Spanish. Abstract Submission Deadline December 1, 2017 For WOC2018 Abstract Submission Guidelines…

Vacancies : EYElliance

Communications Coordinator
Organisation: IAPB

EYElliance is looking to fill three positions: Director of Institutional Partnerships, Director of Membership and Senior Development Officer. Director of Institutional Partnerships The MD/Partnerships, a new position, will play a critical role supporting EYElliance’s expanding roster of collaborations with multi- and bilateral institutions, governments, and major INGOs including USAID, the World Bank, and UNICEF. Working…

Project to tackle Trachoma in Pakistan

Communications Coordinator
Organisation: IAPB

A new project to stop the spread of the painful, blinding eye-infection trachoma was launched in Pakistan. CBM will train and support over 3000 community health workers to distribute trachoma medication directly to people’s homes. Because trachoma is highly infectious, easily passed between family members through physical contact, it is vital that whole communities are…

Vacancies: International Blind Sports Federation

Communications Manager
Organisation: IAPB

The International Blind Sports Federation is looking to fill the post of Executive Director. IBSA is an international not-for-profit, sports organization representing the interests of athletes who are blind and visually impaired in international sports. It is also responsible for the oversight of three Paralympic sports and provides opportunities for blind and partially sighted athletes…

Cataract and Mental Health

Cataract and mental health: Impact of cataract surgery on the psychosocial challenges faced by people affected by the condition in India Elizabeth Kurian and Pankaj Vishwakarma from Mission for Vision write about the psychological impact of cataract surgery analysed using their system PRISM. The association between poor vision and mental health can have negative psychosocial consequences…

Vacancies: Vision for a Nation Foundation (London)

Communications Coordinator
Organisation: IAPB

Vision for a Nation Foundation vacancies announced. Vacancy: Head of Programmes The Head of Programmes will be responsible for the design and management of VFAN’s portfolio of programmes. The Head will have direct management of two UK based staff and all Country Directors/Project Leads as they come on board over the next 3 years. Vacancy:…

Meeting Communities as they are on Indigenous Peoples Day

Executive Director
Organisation: Seva

On International Day of World’s Indigenous Peoples, Kate Moynihan, Executive Director Seva, writes about their diversity and work with indigenous communities.  Seva is an organisation committed to helping people see. And we are also committed to listening.  Carefully. For all of our 40 years, we at Seva have worked hand-in-hand with indigenous communities across the…

My Involvement in Aboriginal Vision Programmes

Brien Holden Vision Institute Project Manager, Aboriginal Vision NSW
Organisation: Brien Holden Vision Institute

On International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, Colina Waddell, Brien Holden Vision Institute Project Manager, Aboriginal Vision NSW writes about her work with Aboriginal community. I feel privileged to have worked for the past 17 years with Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services in the state of New South Wales on the East coast of Australia.…

Closing the gap in Indigenous Eye Health in Australia

On International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples Prof Hugh Taylor writes about his work with Indigenous Eye Health in Australia. Background I first started working on trachoma and issues around the eye health of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Islander people as a young ophthalmologist in 1976 when I worked as the assistant director of the National…

Vision Aid Overseas World Sight Day Campaign

Communications Coordinator
Organisation: IAPB

With 90% of the world’s visually impaired people living in developing countries like Ghana, Sierra Leone, Zambia and Ethiopia, eye care charity Vision Aid Overseas (VAO) is calling on eye care practitioners across the UK to Make Vision Count this October by registering to support the Vision Aid Overseas World Sight Day Campaign 2017. Sarah…

Rotary Partners with IAPB Members to Prevent Eye Disease

Communications Manager
Organisation: IAPB

EVANSTON, IL (August 7, 2017) — About 80 percent of the world’s 285 million visually impaired people have treatable eye diseases, according to the World Health Organization. Rotary and the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) aim to promote eye health to underserved communities. Under the one-year partnership signed today by Rotary International…

Vision for Nation screens 2 million in Rwanda

Communications Coordinator
Organisation: IAPB

Vision for a Nation (VFAN) has reached a significant milestone this month with the delivery of the 2 millionth eye screening in Rwanda. Since 2012, they have trained 2,700 Rwandan Ministry of Health nurses to provide eye care services at the country’s 502 local health centres. VFAN has integrated the services within Rwanda’s national health…

VLEG Data–Frequently Asked Questions

Communications Manager
Organisation: IAPB
Here are some FAQs about the new Vision Loss Expert Group (VLEG) data (our VLEG FAQs!). Do leave your questions below this post as comments (if you have any more) and we will update this post. Where can I access the new data on blindness and visual impairment prevalence? The new data is available for…

Closing a SiB Project in Viet Nam

Project Officer, Seeing is Believing
Organisation: IAPB

A SiB phase V project closing Workshop was organised on 15 December 2016 in Da Nang and attended by 16 representatives of the project management boards from Vinh Long, Tien Giang, and Lam Dong and Dak Nong provinces. The workshop also welcomed the presence of Mrs. Trinh Nhu Quynh – the Head of Corporate Affairs as representative…

Bringing eye health to the Isoka district, Zambia

Project Officer, Seeing is Believing
Organisation: IAPB

George Sichamba lives in Kalungu village in the Isoka district of the Muchinga province in Zambia. George explained that before he lost his sight everything was going well for him; “Before I lost my sight I had a very nice family. We lived together with no problems”. However, when he discovered that his sight was…

First Optometry School to be established in Haiti

Communications Coordinator
Organisation: IAPB

Signatories hope that the School will commence in October A Memorandum of Agreement has been signed to establish the first ever School of Optometry in Haiti. The School is a collaboration between l’Universite d’Etat d’Haiti (UEH), Brien Holden Vision Institute, Optometry Giving Sight, VOSH International and Charity Vision with support from University of Montreal. The…

The Commonwealth’s policy brief on the control of avoidable blindness and vision loss

IAPB West Africa Chair
Organisation: IAPB

Dr Fatima Kyari has a PhD in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, with a research focus on glaucoma services and control of glaucoma blindness. “I had no option but to resort to begging on the streets when I became blind. Now with my eyesight restored, I have gone back…

Advocating for eye health – An update from IAPB Latin America

Regional Program Manager – Latin America
Organisation: IAPB

IAPB Latin America shares strong partnerships with the stakeholders across the Spanish and Portuguese speaking Americas. Under the umbrella of VISION 2020, key strides towards prevention of blindness have been made in the region. The key activities include but are not limited to, the successful completion of RAABs in all of IAPB’s LA region, strong World…