Global health organisations commit to new ways of working together for greater impact

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

Eleven heads of the world’s leading health and development organizations have signed a landmark commitment to find new ways of working together to accelerate progress towards achieving the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.  Coordinated by the World Health Organization, the initiative unites the work of 11 organizations, with others set to join in the next…

Are you working in Burkina Faso? New Eye Care Coalition launched!

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 new eye care coalition in Burkina Faso is launched. Light for the World, CBM and Helen Keller International relaunched the coalition of NGOs working in Eye Health in Burkina Faso on Tuesday 27th November 2018. Burkina Health Foundation, Sightsavers and Vision Aid Overseas also support this initiative, although they could not attend the first…

USAID launches new NTD programme for West 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

USAID has officially launched its latest Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTD) programme which has just been named the Act to End NTDs – West program. The $200 million programme will help to control or eliminate trachoma, lymphatic filariasis, onchocerciasis, schistosomiasis and soil-transmitted helminths (including hookworm, roundworm and whipworm) in 11 West African countries including Benin, Burkina Faso,…

Launch of $105 million fund to eliminate trachoma

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

Leading philanthropists have set up a $105 million fund to help eliminate blinding eye disease trachoma. The funding was announced by Richard Branson via recorded video link at the Global Citizen concert in Johannesburg on 2 December 2018. The concert celebrated the legacy of Nelson Mandela. Branson represents a collaboration of funders who are launching…

USAID’s Child Blindness Program Request for Applications

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 U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Child Blindness Program is inviting Letters of Interest by Dec. 21st. With an emphasis on quality and innovation, USAID prevents and treats blindness, restores sight and provides eyeglasses to thousands of people in the poorest communities of the world each year through the Agency’s Child Blindness Program. Since 1991,…

First Project under the IAPB-Rotary International Service Partnership

President, International Eye Foundation and Vice-President, IAPB
Organisation: International Eye Foundation

The IAPB-Rotary International Service Partnership aims to join IAPB member agencies with Rotary Clubs around the world to jointly design, fund and implement eye care projects around the world.  IAPB and Rotary International (RI) signed an MOU in 2017 making the IAPB-RI partnership one of only five service partnerships in RI’s portfolio. The first pilot…

An update on the World Report on Vision and WHO’s future areas of work

Technical Officer, Blindness and Deafness Prevention, Disability and Rehabilitation Unit
Organisation: World Health Organization

Greetings everyone. It has been a little while since you last heard from us, so we thought it would be good to provide an update on the World report on vision and some of our other work. As many of you know, we decided a few months ago, in consultation with the Editorial Committee, to…

IAPB Secretariat Plan 2018-2021

Chief Executive Officer
Organisation: The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness

At its September meeting, the IAPB Board agreed to a new 3-year plan for the Secretariat. It set four key priorities for the next three years: Global Advocacy, Connecting Knowledge, Strengthening the Network and Providing Services. These will be a critical three years for the eye care sector as we transition from VISION 2020. We…

Launch of UN Friends of Vision Group

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

First meeting/Image taken from Clearly/Twitter On World Sight Day in October Ambassador Aubrey Webson, Permanent Representative of Antigua and Barbuda to the United Nations, convened the first meeting of the UN Friends of Vision group. It followed considerable efforts by Clearly, the organisation founded by James Chen to persuade governments to take notice of the…

Blindness in children: declining magnitude over time

Co-director ICEH
Organisation: International Centre for Eye Health
In 1992 the World Health Organization estimated that there were 1.5 million children who were blind from eye conditions worldwide, stating that this estimate was based on limited epidemiological data1. At that time, measles infection and vitamin A deficiency were considered the most important avoidable causes. In 2000 WHO reviewed the evidence and the estimate…

Environmental and Financial Sustainability Go Hand-in-Hand at Eye Hospitals

Director, Innovation & Sight Program
Organisation: Seva Foundation

I’ve worked with dozens of eye hospitals around the world through the Seva Foundation’s Global Sight Initiative network. In recent years, I’ve seen growing evidence that environmental and financial sustainability are interconnected. It’s also become increasingly clear that both types of sustainability can play a pivotal role in supporting a hospital’s ability to increase access…

Editorial: Boletín Trimestral Latinoamérica Diciembre 2018

Regional Chair for IAPB Latin America
Organisation: IAPB

En un mundo globalizado muchos beneficios pueden ser mencionados; sin embargo el impacto en estabilidad ECONOMICA se ha convertido un reto de igual dimensión para  Fundaciones, Industria, Gobiernos, ONGs y de ellos no escapan nuestras Organizaciones Líderes procuradoras de la Salud Visual. Ante este escenario me atrevo a mencionar algunas estrategias que puedan ayudarnos: Son…

¿Cuál es la situación y que hacer para mejorar la cultura en rehabilitación en oftalmología?

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

“No hay nada más que hacer”, “esperemos a que la ciencia progrese”, “hay que esperar a que el niño crezca para que coopere a su estudio”… Desgraciadamente estas y otras ideas semejantes han sido muy comunes en la práctica oftalmológica tradicional.  ¡Nunca más debemos de repetir estas consignas! ¡Ya no! Es fundamental brindar al paciente…

Hablando de la Catarata ¿es suficiente la capacitación actual en los centros de entrenamiento?

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

Para responder esta pregunta debemos primero cuestionarnos: ¿Cuándo es estamos listos como cirujanos de catarata, es un número de cirugías o es un momento específicode nuestro entrenamiento? ¿Cuántos cirujanos de cataratas por millón de habitantes se recomienda en nuestros países de Latinoamérica? Antes que nada les compartiré una historia de un colega argentino al momento…

El Valor de la Educación en la Prevención de Ceguera Asociada a Diabetes

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

Desde hace ya varias décadas ha quedado demostrado, que como estrategia la “prevención”, es la medida más costo-efectiva, sin importar la patología de la que hablemos y sin hacer diferencia entre evitar  la aparición nuevos casos (prevención primaria), el diagnóstico temprano y oportuno (prevención secundaria) o bien el tratamiento precoz de la enfermedad (prevención terciaria)…

Coalición Barómetro

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

La diabetes es la segunda causa de mortalidad en México, después de las enfermedades cardiacas, pero por encima de los tumores malignos. La diabetes más común es la tipo 2, que se manifiesta cuando el páncreas no produce la suficiente insulina o bien la insulina no funciona efectivamente o las células del cuerpo no responden…

El valor de la Revista Salud Ocular Comunitaria/Community Eye Health Journal como instrumento de difusión de conocimiento en Latinoamérica

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

La Revista Salud Ocular Comunitaria (www.revistasaludocular.org) es la versión en español de la Community Eye Health Journal (CEHJ, de su sigla en inglés; www.cehjorunal.org), publicada en inglés y organizada por el International Centre for Eye Health/London School of Hygene & Tropical Medicine. La CEHJ celebra en 2018 30 años de actividad, y es la única…

Programa de Atención Ocular Comunitaria en Argentina – Media Luna Oftalmológica

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

El 8 de Enero de 2015 el Comité Consultivo de SightFirst reunido en Phoenix, Arizona, aprobó una donación de más de $580.000 Dólares Estadounidenses para la realización de un proyecto orientado a la prevención de la ceguera principalmente por catarata y retinopatía diabética, así como promoción y educación en atención primaria en salud y atención…

El Valor de los Filtros Como Apoyo a la Rehabilitación Visual

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

Los filtros constituyen uno de los mejores recursos en la rehabilitación visual  y sin embargo, son  uno de los menos  utilizados. Un filtro, es  un elemento que cambia la intensidad de luz y que incluso podría variar la distribución espectral que pasa a través de él. Su manejo requiere de un protocolo sencillo de implementación y…