On the move to systemic change in Eye Health

International Director Programmes, Advocacy and Strategic Partnerships
Organisation: Light for the World

The IAPB Council of Members held its promise of offering a unique platform for exchange with the international Eye Health community. I came back truly inspired from Tanzania! For me the Council of Members has once again crystallised the need to continue to intensify efforts to strengthen human resources for Eye Health. The need to…

Fostering self-sufficiency in corneal donation and transplantation

Managing Director
Organisation: German Society for Tissue Transplantation

For more than 20 years, the non-profit German Society for Tissue Transplantation (DGFG) has been supplying patients in Germany with high-quality and safe cornea, amniotic membrane, cardiovascular and musculoskeletal tissue transplants. Since the start, the development of tissue donation in Germany as well as supporting the tissue banks and transplantation centres have been the core…

SightLife: 50 Years of Transforming Lives

CEO
Organisation: SightLife

Our Beginning In 1969, the Northwest Lions in Seattle, WA founded an eye bank inspired by three people who wanted to help local citizens in need of a corneal transplant. At that time, the Northwest Lions Eye Bank was a volunteer-driven organization – proudly placing 40 corneas for transplant in the first year. Fast forward…

Alleviating corneal blindness in low-and middle- income countries

Director of Communications
Organisation: KeraLink International

Who We Are KeraLink International exists to make blind people see. Specifically, those suffering from corneal blindness in low-and middle- income countries (LMICs), where the need is most acute. Surgeons have had the knowledge and experience to treat and to cure corneal blindness for over 100 years. However, more than 10 million people around the…

White Cane Day 2019

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 World Blind Union (WBU) joins the rest of the world in observing White Cane Safety Day on Tuesday 15th October 2019. White Cane Safety Day reminds the world of the importance of the White Cane as a tool for independent living for blind and partially sighted persons. The World Blind Union takes this opportunity…

Winners of the #VisionFirst Photo Competition

Communications Manager
Organisation: IAPB

Today is the day! Here are the winners of the 2019 VisionFirst! Photo Competition. We have 1 winner each and 5 runners-up each in two categories: Professional and Amateur. Before we take a look at the winning entries, a big shout-out to all our submitters, including those of you who come back to us year…

New Executive Director appointed at Brien Holden Vision Institute

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

Brien Holden Vision Institute is embarking on a new strategic roadmap for their organization. They have announced Tim Fricke as acting Executive Director of their social enterprise delivering improved eye care to those most in need in Australia and across the world. Tim will manage the team while Executive Director Leigh Cleave fulfils her lifelong…

Light for the World beam message of hope for the blind and visually impaired at World Museum

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

For World Sight Day, Light for the World drew attention to the façade of the Weltmuseum in Vienna last night with an impressive video projection. For this occasion, media artist Alexander Sikanda depicted visually impaired and blind people from Africa into the light of his 3D video mapping, visited by numerous visitors came despite the…

Lions Clubs International Foundation SightFirst Grants 2020

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 deadline to submit Letters of Intent (LOI) for the 2020 SightFirst Research Program is December 2, 2019. The Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) provides funds to support public health research initiatives that evaluate and directly influence the operation of the SightFirst program, Lions’ premier initiative to strengthen eye care systems in underserved communities. SightFirst Research…

WHO Launches the World Report on Vision

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 World Health Organization (WHO) launches this crucial framework for eye health delivery on the eve of World Sight Day 2019. Dr Alarcos Cieza speaking at the launch of the World Report on Vision in Geneva.  The World Health Organization (WHO) and their partners from the eye health sector, including the International Agency for the…

Vision 2020 USA to hold Annual World Sight Day Briefing on Oct. 17, 2019

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

As part of World Sight Day events, on Thurs., Oct. 17, 2019, Vision 2020 USA will be holding an educational luncheon briefing at the Rayburn House Office Building, 2075 from noon to 1 p.m. According to Prevent Blindness, by 2050, the impaired and blind populations are projected to reach 7.3 million (2.4 times higher than…

Showcasing South-South Co-Operation – Second Generation of the Alliance to Fight Avoidable Blindness

In 2008, the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB), introduced its regional initiative “the Alliance to Fight Avoidable Blindness (AFAB)”. This partnership brought together several partners from across the globe to support and build capacity in African Countries to fight the root causes of blindness. The first generation covered eight African member countries (Benin, Cameroun, Burkina Faso,…

Opt In: Gender Equity baseline

Communications Manager
Organisation: IAPB
Gender inequality is pervasive and entrenched in global health, including in eye health. IAPB member organisations are invited to participate in a research project to establish a baseline of gender responsiveness in IAPB. What is involved? Organisations are invited to complete an online questionnaire that will take 5-10 minutes. The questions relate to the gender…

New programme to improve school eye health in Sierra Leone

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: Vision Aid Overseas is proud to announce the launch of a U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) funded School-Based Child Eye Health Programme in Sierra Leone. This boost to eye health comes along in addition to another new phase of work begun in 2019, which focuses on primary eye care. Good vision and…

VOSH/International announces new President

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

VOSH/International has appointed Daniel Twelkar as the new President. He will take-over at the 27th VOSH Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida on October 27. Twelker’s exceptional humanitarian activities will also be acknowledged in Orlando by the American Academy of Optometry. Twelker has been awarded the Academy’s Brien Holden Humanitarian Award. Dr. Twelker is also President…

Sanduk Ruit honoured with Nepal’s Prime Minister National Talent 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

Senior ophthalmologist Dr Sanduk Ruit has been honoured with Nepal’s Prime Minister National Talent Award-2075. President Bidhya Devi Bhandari awarded Dr Ruit amidst a special ceremony organised by the Office of Prime Minister and Council of Ministers. The award carries a purse of Rs 500,000 and a citation. The government on 3 December 2017 had…

WSD Photo Competition: 5 Years of Photos and Loads of Inspiration

Communications Manager
Organisation: IAPB

IAPB, with support from Bayer, is celebrating the fifth year of its online photo competition. This year’s theme is “Vision First!” and the competition ends on World Sight Day (10 October 2019). Prizes include a popular pick at IAPB’s Council of Members, a DSLR camera and a cash prize. Find out more at http://photocomp.iapb.org (Do…

New CEO at ICO

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 ICO Board of Trustees announced Ivo Kocur MD MSc MA MBA— a high profile, results-oriented leader — is ICO’s new Chief Executive Officer. An accomplished senior Medical Officer with the World Health Organization responsible for the global eye health agenda, Ivo carries with him more than 20 years of experience in public, private, and…

Spearheading change in access to assistive technology: the GREAT Report

IAPB Advocacy Manager
Organisation: IAPB

The resolution WHA71.8 – Improving access to assistive technology calls upon WHO to prepare a global report on effective access to assistive technology (GREAT Report) by 2021. Complementing the World Report on Vision, the GREAT report will be a major tool in spearheading change to overcome the massive unmet need in access to assistive technologies,…