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Published: 06.09.2018

IAPB recently asked our Group B and C members if they wanted fill one of two vacant positions on the Board of Trustees until 2020. We had an incredible amount of interest in the two positions and would like to thank all those who put themselves forward.

Our two new Trustees are two heavy weights in the world of Eye Health and we’d like to formally introduce them to you.

Bob Ranck, President and CEO, Orbis International

Bob Ranck
Bob Ranck

Orbis International transforms lives through the prevention and treatment of blindness. With our network of partners, we mentor, train and inspire local teams so they can save sight in their communities. We use multiple training media including our on-line learning platform – Cybersight. We teach during on-sight, hospital-based training and in conjunction with our Flying Eye Hospital’s programme visits around the world. We also have 7 permanent country offices running 60 projects at any time.

“Orbis is delighted to re-join the IAPB Board of Trustees.   We see the dialogue at IAPB moving towards a discussion of solutions, more member collaboration, and broader cooperation in the fight against blindness worldwide.  The need is great.  It’s so great, that we should be more collaborative than competitive in our efforts.  As we fight blindness, we also aim to improve the lives of women and children, improve the lives of families, and lift communities out of poverty. Orbis is proud to partner with IAPB in these efforts.”

Rohit C Khanna, Associate Director, L V Prasad Eye Institute

Rohit Khanna
Rohit Khanna

I am an ophthalmologist and working as an Associate Director at L V Prasad Eye Institute, Hyderabad, India. I have dual Masters, one from London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. I am mainly involved in Training, Capacity building and Public Health Research. I am also a member of different working groups in IAPB. I have over 70 manuscripts in peer reviewed Journals and have given nearly 150 presentations in various conferences.

Being on the Board of IAPB I would help in the following way:

  • Understanding the priorities in different countries in each regions of IAPB
  • Advocating for eye care as well as develop strategic plan for the countries along with other stakeholders
  • Aid in raising resources, both for programmes as well as IAPB
  • Help in communicating the objective of IAPB in different regions and countries
  • Facilitate cross learning from other Board members

 “Being on IAPB Board of Trustee would not only aid in understanding the eye care priorities in different regions, but also help in advocating for eye care at a Global level, thus contributing to IAPB Governance as well as strategy for achieving Universal Eye Health. It will also aid in raising resources for Global Programmes of IAPB.”