Brien Holden: An Eye Health Champion

Communications Manager
Organisation: IAPB

Prof Brien Holden – extraordinary scientist, and a champion for eye health and optometry services across the world – passed away on 27 July 2015. His immense contributions to vision research and his passion for eliminating avoidable blindness and vision impairment always went hand in hand. He worked with a variety of partners across geographies…

Vision Aid Overseas’ New Online Learning Portal to Support Optometry Graduates in Zambia

Vision Aid Overseas (VAO) is delighted to be supporting Optometry Graduates in Zambia by funding a new online CPD learning portal. The interactive learning system, provided by online medical education provider, Synapse, will be available to graduates who have completed the three-year diploma in Optometry Technology at Chainama College of Health Sciences in Lusaka, which…

Taking a Systems Approach to Eye Health

Regional Program Manager, IAPB Western Pacific
Organisation: IAPB

Re-posted with permission from the IAPB Western Pacific blog. In early July, eye health experts from across Asia and the Pacific gathered in Hanoi for a 5-day short course to workshop ways to strengthen health systems, improve eye health and work towards Universal Health Coverage.   Held at Hanoi School of Public Health, the course…

IAPB and members support UHC advocacy letter to IAEG

Communications Manager
Organisation: IAPB

Over 100 health and development organisations, including several IAPB members, sign advocacy letter to body working on SDGs monitoring framework Universal health coverage (UHC) is a target under the health goal for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to be finalised in September 2015. The UHC target is a key one for eye health – there…

10GA: Change of dates

Communications Manager
Organisation: IAPB

IAPB’s 10th General Assembly, eye health’s premier global event, will now be from 27 to 30 October 2016.   After careful consideration, the IAPB Programme and Organising Committees have decided to move the event from 18-20 September to 27-30 October 2016. While a lot of care is taken in choosing dates that do not clash…

2 million!

Communications Manager
Organisation: IAPB

The IAPB website is poised to mark an internal milestone – 2 million views since launch. What is even more encouraging for us is the fact that we managed to halve the time it took us to reach the second million – the first million took us 16 months, while the second took just 8.…

IAPB Regional Workshop: Europe

VISION 2020 Workshop Programme Manager
Organisation: ICEH

Vienna, a city packed with imperial history, was the site for the IAPB regional workshop on the Global Action Plan: ‘Towards Universal Eye Health in Europe’, held with the support of our WHO partners. This workshop brought together the Heads of National Societies of Ophthalmology from across Europe to discuss the Global Action Plan, look…

New Report Adopts CSC as Health Indicator

Chief Executive of IAPB
Organisation: IAPB

I am delighted to note – as I am sure you are – that a new report jointly authored by the WHO and the World Bank includes Cataract Surgical Coverage (CSC) as a ‘promising’ indicator for monitoring Universal Health Coverage (UHC). Firstly, it’s a fantastic report; strong research, keen arguments and accessible to a wide(r)…

Dr Adrian Hopkins Awarded MBE

Communications Manager
Organisation: IAPB

Dr Adrian Hopkins, was awarded an MBE (Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) in Her Majesty the Queen’s Birthday Honours for 2014 which were announced recently. Dr Hopkins — Director, Mectizan Donation Programme and IAPB Trsutee — was honoured for his humanitarian services in Africa. IAPB offers him our congratulations for this well-deserved…

Latin America Regional Meet in Panama

Regional Program Manager – Latin America
Organisation: IAPB

The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) convened their annual meeting of eye care managers from Ministries of Health from across Latin America and the Caribbean on 12th and 13th May in Panama City.  This was an important gathering; it was the first meeting following the adoption of the Regional Action Plan for 2014-2019.  Juan Carlos…

#EyeCareForAll Photo Competition launched

Communications Manager
Organisation: IAPB

IAPB, with support from Bayer, is launching an online photo competition with the theme “Eye Care for All” on June 1 ending on World Sight Day (8 October 2015). Prizes include a trip to an eye care project and a DSLR camera! Find out more at http://photocomp.iapb.org (Do use the hashtag #EyeCareForAll) Immediate release: The…