Overcoming Barriers to Eye Health in Ghana

Communications Manager
Organisation: IAPB

Like many developing countries, access to eye health services in Ghana is inadequate. Eye care services are provided at teaching, regional and district hospitals, and most of the district hospitals are staffed by trained ophthalmic nurses. Unfortunately, the teaching and regional hospitals are often crowded by patients who could have been attended to at the…

Universal Health Coverage, Eye Health and Accountability

IAPB Advocacy Manager
Organisation: IAPB

Join IAPB in celebrating and promoting the second Universal Health Coverage Day (#HealthForAll) on 12th December. Universal health coverage is of such importance as it is grounded in rights and thus responsibility of governments to uphold them, in strengthening health systems, and in improving health promotion and health services of all people particularly those otherwise unable to pay for health care or unable to access health care. If done right UHC can be, as Margaret Chan has called it, a major equalizer.

2nd Regional Meeting on the implementation of Universal Eye Health in SEAR Member states

IAPB South East Asia Regional Coordinator
Organisation: IAPB

2nd Regional Meeting on the implementation of “Universal Eye Health: a global action plan 2014 – 2019” in SEAR Member states, December 15 – 16, 2015, Kathmandu, Nepal In November 2014, WHO SEARO in collaboration with IAPB SEA convened a regional meeting with representatives from the Ministries of Health of the region’s Member States and…

LCIF releases list of SightFirst 2015 Grant Awardees

Communications Manager
Organisation: IAPB

The Lions Clubs International Foundation‘s (LCIF) SightFirst program funds high-quality, sustainable projects that deliver eye care services, develop infrastructure, train personnel and/or provide rehabilitation and education in underserved communities.  Lions have raised more than US$415 million to fund the SightFirst program and save sight around the world. Lions’ districts work with their regional SightFirst technical…

Systems Development Consultant

Seeing is Believing Project Accountant
Organisation: IAPB

IAPB is looking to hire a part-time consultant to help develop and launch its new website featuring guidance on equipment, drugs, consumables for eye health services, with a focus on the needs of Low & Middle Income Countries (LMIC). We expect the new website to be launched no later than 30th April 2016 and that…

Aravind Offers Two Management Courses

Communications Manager
Organisation: IAPB

Aravind Eye Care System, the largest eye care provider in the world, is offering two courses in eye care management: 1) Management Priorities in Eye Care Delivery This one-week course provides and overview of principles and practices of management for the efficient delivery of eye care services, with a particular focus on implementation and the…

Sustainable Development Goals: the way ahead

Director of Advocacy and Interim CEO
Organisation: IAPB

  On 25 September the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development [French, Spanish, Arabic, Russian, Chinese] was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly. The Agenda 2030 includes the following sections: (1) Preamble, (2) Declaration, (3) Sustainable Development Goals and targets, (4) Means of Implementation and the Global Partnership, and (5) Follow Up and Review. The…

Applications for the MSc in Public Health for Eye Care by LSHTM are open

Communications Officer
Organisation: IAPB

The annual MSc Public Health for Eye Care is currently accepting applications through the LSHTM online application system. This course aims to provide eye health professionals with the public health knowledge and skills required to reduce blindness and visual disability in their setting. The training will enable them to: Develop a public health approach to…

How do we reach more women and girls?

Regional Program Manager, IAPB Western Pacific
Organisation: IAPB

Great ideas shared on eye health for women in girls at our regional forum in Cambodia The Global Burden of Disease study shows 60% of global blindness is among women, and recent surveys in the Western Pacific show an even greater imbalance in some areas. As Universal Eye Health: A Global Action Plan 2014-19 prioritises “equity” as its first…

CBP seeking worldwide grant applications

Communications Officer
Organisation: IAPB

The USAID Child Blindness Program (CBP) has announced the release of its Request for Applications (RFA). CBP is seeking worldwide grant applications for activities aimed at increasing the number of children provided with quality eye care services, as well as increasing global knowledge of pediatric eye care through innovations and the implementation of best practices.…

500 Millionth dose of Zithromax distributed in Ethiopia

Communications Officer
Organisation: IAPB

The 500 millionth dose of Zithromax distributed in the global campaign against blinding trachoma was administered in Woliso in Ethiopia on 14th November 2015. 20 organisations including the Federal Ministry of Health, Pfizer, the UK government’s DFID and USAID celebrated the achievement in a two-day conference organised at Woliso Zuria, Soutwest Shoa and Addis Ababa.…

The Cataract BOOST Story

Professor, Division of Preventive Ophthalmology and State Key Laboratory, Zhongshan Ophthalmic Centre;
Ulvercroft Prof of Global Eye Health, Translational Research for Equitable Eyecare (TREE) Centre, Queen's University Belfast;
and Orbis

We published the results (open access) of the PRECOG study in the inaugural issue of Lancet Global Health. While visual outcomes of cataract surgery have usually been evaluated weeks or even months post-operatively, this study of 4000 patients at 40 hospitals in developing regions, where few patients return after their operation, demonstrated that assessment of vision…

He Univ offers Bachelors in Optometry

Communications Manager
Organisation: IAPB

He University offers a 4-year Bachelor of Science in Optometry programme for international students (Medium of instruction is Chinese). This 4-year course is among many other non-eye care courses on offer at the University. The programme prepares students for a professional career in optometry and focuses on the principles and techniques for examining, diagnosing and…