Africa Day: Mass Drug Administration in Darfur to combat blinding trachoma

Programme Officer for Sightsavers in Sudan
Organisation: Sightsavers

For Africa Day, Adam Elkhair, Programme Officer for Sightsavers in Sudan writes about their efforts to tackle trachoma. I remember Darfur as being one of the most beautiful areas of Sudan. The Mara Mountain was a well-known tourist destination, with the people being warm and welcoming. But the situation there changed quite quickly, almost overnight.…

Review of ICTC programmes highlights significant results

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

Her Royal Highness The Countess of Wessex observes uses of ‘tippy taps’ in Malawi. Photo by Aurelie Marrier d’Unienville An independent review of trachoma elimination programmes, supported by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust (The Trust), has highlighted unprecedented impact with success seen in areas where the…

Focus On: The Norwegian Association of the Blind and Partially Sighted (NABP)

Director International Development Cooperation
Organisation: NABP

For Africa Day, Terje Iversen, Director International Development and Cooperation, Norwegian Association of the Blind and Partially Sighted, talks about the work they are doing in Africa to enable blind and partially sighted people to fight for their rights. The Norwegian Association of the Blind and Partially Sighted (NABP) was formed in the year 1900…

Africa Day : Improving Primary Eye Care in Rwanda

Rwanda Country Director
Organisation: Vision for a Nation Foundation

For Africa Day, Abdallah Uwihoreye, Rwanda Country Director, Vision for a Nation Foundation talks about the difference their work has made in Rwanda. I started to struggle with my sight when I was just 12 years old. Basic everyday tasks and schoolwork suddenly became difficult. Fortunately, I grew up in a family with the means…

Africa Day: Supporting Advocacy Efforts through Research in Africa

Global Executive Director
Organisation: Vision Impact Institute

For Africa Day, Kristan Gross, Global Executive Director, Vision Impact Institute writes about eye health in Africa and the impact of Uncorrected Refractive Errors in children. As a child, I was fortunate to have family friends who served as missionaries in numerous locations around the world. Perhaps this early introduction to a global mindset laid the…

Africa Day: Let’s celebrate the Africans who are dedicated to Eye Care

Programme Coordinator for Mozambique
Organisation: Light for the World

For Africa Day, Irmi Neuherz, Programme Coordinator for Mozambique, Light for the World writes about their work in Mozambique and the difference project officer Nunes Sampaio brought to their work there. Africa Day is important for Light for the World; indeed, more than three quarters of our global programme work takes place in Africa. We…

Africa Day: Bringing sight to Africa

Director of Communications & Fundraising
Organisation: Orbis Africa

For Africa Day, Helen White, Director of Communications and Fundraising, Orbis Africa writes about Ophthalmic Nurse Duncan Chimbila and how he is contributing to their efforts in Zambia, and the larger work that needs to be done in Africa to reduce the burden of avoidable blindness. 25 May 2017, Africa Day, marks the celebration of a…

Orbis becomes a voice for eye health in global surgical alliance

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: Geneva, Switzerland (May 19, 2017) – Orbis, an international NGO and pioneer in the prevention and treatment of blindness for over 30 years, has joined the Global Alliance for Surgical, Obstetric, Trauma and Anaesthesia (the G4 Alliance), as their first member in ophthalmology. The G4 Alliance is a coalition of more than 80 of the world’s…

The Fred Hollows Foundation treats a record one million as their CEO steps down

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 : More than one million treated for the first time as CEO steps down The Fred Hollows Foundation has delivered more than one million eye operations and treatments in 2016, a record result for a single year in its 25-year history. The record 1,004,975 eye operations and treatments in 2016 is a 13…

My experience working for a charity for the deafblind

Fundraising and Partnerships Manager
Organisation: IAPB

On Global Accessibility Awareness Day, John Trevelyan, IAPB’s Fundraising and Partnerships Manager writes about his own experience working for a charity for the deafblind and how access and communication is so important. Before joining IAPB, I worked for a number of years for “Sense”, a national and international charity for people who are deafblind.  Working…

Focus on Eye Health: National Summit

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

Prevent Blindness will host the sixth annual Focus on Eye Health National Summit. The Summit will include a variety of presentations related to this year’s theme, “What’s in Sight?” Expected attendees include patient advocates, community-based organizations, national vision and eye health organisations, government agencies, and policymakers. Follow the event on Twitter at #eyesummit. In response…

Braille, books and me

Membership & Fundraising Officer
Organisation: IAPB

On Global Accessbility Awareness Day, Emma Davies, IAPB’s Membership and Fundraising Officer reflects on her work with RNIB and why accessibility is so important. I first realised the importance of accessibility, when I started work for the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) at nineteen. I was aware of the needs of disabled people…

WHA70 Member State Side Event: Towards Universal Eye Health

Communications Manager
Organisation: IAPB

70th World Health Assembly Member State Side Event Towards Universal Eye Health: Taking stock of progress against the Global Action Plan – what’s working and where to from here? Thursday 25 May 2017 12.30pm – 2.00pm Room XXIV (24), Palais des Nations, Geneva Lunch and refreshments will be provided and there will be simultaneous translation…

Free Online Self-Directed Diabetic Retinopathy Grading Course now available in Farsi

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

Indigenous Eye Health at The University of Melbourne have recently updated the Online Self-Directed Diabetic Retinopathy Grading Course to improve the learning experience for users and added an additional version in Farsi. The course is appropriate for all Health professionals involved in retinal screening who wish to grade retinal changes associated with diabetes especially those…

Ending the book famine : The Marrakesh Treaty

Project Coordinator - Marrakesh Treaty Ratification and Implementation Campaign
Organisation: World Blind Union

On Global Accessibility Awareness Day, Caitlin Reid, Project Coordinator – Marrakesh Treaty Ratification and Implementation Campaign, World Blind Union writes about the importance of “The Marrakesh Treaty”. On September 30th, 2016, a major battle was won in the name of accessibility as the “miracle of Marrakesh” finally became possible. We live in a world that…

IAPB Africa: An Update and an Annual Review

Human Resources for Eye Health Programme Consultant
Organisation: IAPB

The beginning of May was a busy time for us at the Africa office, with the joint Health Community of East, Central and Southern Africa (ECSA-HC), College of Ophthalmology of Eastern Central and Southern Africa (COECSA), IAPB stakeholders’ workshop being held in Nairobi on May 9. This was followed by our own Annual Review and…

Millennials Work to Heal Blindness

Head of Orbit, Oculoplasty,Ocular Oncology & Ocular Prosthetics Services, Director - Mid level ophthalmic Personnel Training
Organisation: Aravind Eye Care System

At Aravind Eye Care System in India, we have trained 6500 high school graduates over the last 35 years to work as ophthalmic assistants. We call our core workforce of ophthalmic assistants mid-level ophthalmic paramedics (MLOPs). They are also known as Allied Ophthalmic Personnel (AOP). As we marked International Nurses Day last week, I am…

IAPB Europe Chair attending XV Congress of the Black Sea Ophthalmological Society

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

Professor János Németh, the Regional Chair of IAPB Europe is attending the XV Congress of the Black Sea Ophthalmological Society joint with the XIX Annual Meeting of the Union of Bulgarian Ophthalmologists. The Congress is being held in Sofia, from 18-21 May. He will be making a brief presentation on VISION 2020  and running a…

Ophthalmic Nursing: Importance and Challenges

Ophthalmic nurse at the Tarkwa Municipal hospital, Ghana
Organisation: LSHTM

On International Nurses Day, Rebecca Antwi an ophthalmic nurse in Ghana writes about the importance of the work they do and its challenges. Image credit: Eye Unit Bawku Hospital, Community Eye Health Journal ‘An Ophthalmic nurse is a nursing professional that focuses on assessing and treating patients with a variety of eye diseases and injuries’.  With…

Celebrating International Nurses Day

Project Officer, Lions Eye Donation Service
Organisation: Centre for Eye Research Australia

I will spend International Nurses Day (IND) 2017 in the company of ophthalmic nurses at the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (RANZCO) meeting in New Zealand. My colleagues from the Solomon Islands and I will be presenting there on the role of nursing and capacity development.  With New Zealand being the host…