The judges of the #EyeCareForAll Photo Competition

Communications Officer
Organisation: IAPB

The #EyeCareForAll Photo competition winners have been announced at the IAPB Council of Members meetings in China on 14 October 2015. The winners are Azahara Sánchez in the Professional category and Dr Lila Raj Puri in the Amateur category. The photo competition had 606 photo submissions from over 125 countries.  The runners-up for the professional…

#EyeCareForAll Photo Competition – Winners and Runners-up

Communications Officer
Organisation: IAPB

​ The Professional Category winner: Visual acuity screening in Cameroonian´s Pygmies by Azahara Sánchez Professional Category Winner  Visual acuity screening in Cameroonian´s Pygmies, Azahara Sánchez Runners-up Intraocular lens, Rajkumar Antigua #EyeCareForAll, Johnny Jnobaptiste The Human eye, Orlando Rodrigues de Barros Filho After successful cataract surgery, patient brings 18 friends also in need of surgery from…

Thank You, Champalimaud Foundation!

Senior Director, Innovation and Sight Programs
Organisation: Seva Foundation

Last month, three IAPB member organizations were honored to receive the Antonio Champalimaud Vision Award: Kilimanjaro Centre for Community Ophthalmology, Seva Foundation, and Seva Canada. We are grateful for this recognition of our partnership over the years and our work to strengthen sustainability of eye care services in sub-Saharan Africa. Beyond this, we commend the…

World Sight Day 2015

Communications Manager
Organisation: IAPB

8 October 2015 is World Sight Day IAPB’s “#EyecareForAll” Photo Competition closes today; the competition, with support from Bayer, raises awareness of blindness prevention activities around the world 8 October 2015 (Immediate release): The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) and many eye care organisations, professionals, beneficiaries and supporting public will be celebrating…

Up to one billion people at risk of blindness by 2050

Communications Officer
Organisation: IAPB

5 billion expected to be myopic (short-sighted) by 2050 Sydney, Australia, 8 October 2015: Up to 1 billion people could be at risk of blindness by the middle of the century if an emerging short-sightedness (myopia) epidemic is ignored say researchers at the Brien Holden Vision Institute. Half the world’s population (nearly 5 billion) will…

2016 LCIF SightFirst Research Grants

Communications Officer
Organisation: IAPB

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 grants of up to US$100,000 are available to support projects that investigate: innovative approaches to reduce blindness…

10GA has its first Programme Partner: Orbis

Communications Manager
Organisation: IAPB

IAPB’s 10th General Assembly, the premier global event discussing public health issues related to blindness and visual impairment, has its first Programme Partner – Orbis. As Programme Partner, Orbis will be presenting a course on ‘Paediatric Eye Health’ as part of the 10GA Scientific Programme. With an estimated 1.4 million blind children–45% from avoidable causes–…

Biggest prize in vision awarded to innovative joint programme in Africa

The 2015 António Champalimaud Vision Award was announced this 7 September by recognising the Kilimanjaro Project, a unique collaboration developed by the Kilimanjaro Centre for Community Ophthalmology (KCCO), the Seva Foundation and Seva Canada in order to combat vision disorders, tackle poverty and create economic sustainability in communities across Sub-Saharan Africa. Signalling a triumph for…

TDR: Postgraduate Training Support

Communications Manager
Organisation: IAPB

To all those interested in doing an MSc or PhD in implementation research / infectious diseases of poverty. TDR, the Special Programme for Research and Training, supports 7 universities from low- and middle-income countries to provide PhD and Masters degrees focused on implementation research in malaria, TB and neglected tropical diseases to improve health in those…

Australia loses sight of International Aid Commitments

Director - Global Partnerships and Advocacy
Organisation: The Fred Hollows Foundation

To say the last 12 months have been disappointing for the Australian aid sector is a gross understatement. The Australian Government’s May Federal Budget delivered the biggest single-year cut to foreign aid in Australia’s history, a move that has undoubtedly hurt the country’s international reputation. The Budget revealed $1 billion–20 per cent of Australia’s current…

A letter from Medellin

Researcher
Organisation: London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

For optometrists around the world, 14 – 16 August 2015 were a few days that made us feel like we could take over the world (I exaggerate not)! There were over 3,000 delegates present at the first World Congress of Optometry held in ‘the city of eternal spring’–Medellin, Colombia. The congress was held in partnership…

Helen Keller on the new 10 Dollar bill #TheNew10

Communications Manager
Organisation: IAPB

In 2013, the United States Treasury Department had announced that an American woman’s image will be placed on the new $10 bill, scheduled to be introduced by 2020 (the 100th anniversary of the passage of the nineteenth amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which gave women the right to vote). The Treasury has invited public input…

Myanmar hosts a key workshop

IAPB South East Asia Regional Coordinator
Organisation: IAPB

The capital city of Myanmar – Nay Pi Taw, a beautiful and well-planned city – is mainly inhabited by Myanmarese government employees and is a sight to behold. On 27-28 July, the city played host to ‘The National Stakeholders Consultation Workshop’, organized by the Myanmarese Ministry of Health (MoH), to develop a National Action Plan…

Dr APJ Abdul Kalam: A Life Dedicated to Science

Communications Manager
Organisation: IAPB

It is with great sadness we note that Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, the 11th President of India and global VISION 2020 Ambassador for nearly a decade, passed away on July 27, 2015. Widely known as the “people’s President”, Dr Kalam was an immensely popular scientist with the ability to inspire and enthuse millions around the…