Vision Aid Overseas celebrates 30th Anniversary

Communications Manager
Organisation: IAPB

Vision Aid Overseas celebrated the launch of its 30th Anniversary year on Monday 9th February at an event hosted in the beautiful surroundings of The Swan at The Shakespeare’s Globe in London.   Over 90 guests of the charity turned out to celebrate the milestone and to enjoy the company of Vision Aid Overseas’ staff,…

VISION 2020 Workshops 2013-14 Update

VISION 2020 Workshop Programme Manager
Organisation: ICEH

IAPB and the WHO, through the VISION 2020 workshops programme, are focussing on four priority areas in the implementation of the Global Action Plan (GAP). These are: Convening regional workshops to promote implementation of the Global Action Plan in countries across regions.  The development of an eye care services assessment tool by WHO and its…

The ‘Diabetic Retinopathy Barometer’ project launch, Madrid

IAPB Advocacy Manager
Organisation: IAPB

The Diabetic Retinopathy Barometer project is gathering information on DR specifically on health practitioners’ and patients’ awareness of Diabetic Retinopathy and access to needed treatment and services, across 40 countries globally.  I attended the Press Launch on DME and on the DR Barometer Project, supported by Bayer, in Madrid on 12th May, to speak about…

WHO and World Bank disappoint in the latest Post-2015 thinking

Chief Executive of IAPB
Organisation: IAPB

At the 67th WHA, Assistant Director General Marie-Paule Kieny unveiled WHO’s latest thinking with regard to the health goal in the post-2015 thinking – there is an overall goal of “Ensure healthy lives and universal health coverage at all ages” together with four sub-goals (click on image). Overall, this appears to be shaping up well…

Vision 2014: Seizing the Opportunity

President
Organisation: International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB)

A few months ago, Maryanne Diamond [Immediate Past President, World Blind Union] invited me to speak at ‘Vision2014’, the International Society for Low Vision Research and Rehabilitation’s 11th International Conference on Low Vision in 2014 in Melbourne, Australia, earlier this month. As I have never been able to refuse any “request” from Maryanne I accepted…

The Trust seeks Commonwealth Support on Avoidable Blindness

Director of Advocacy and Commonwealth Engagement
Organisation: Queen Elizabeth Jubilee Trust

98 million people in the Commonwealth are blind or have low vision. In November 2013, avoidable blindness featured at a Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting possibly for the first time. Commonwealth Heads of Government endorsed the focus of the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust on avoidable blindness, and encouraged it to work with others with the…

Partnership to transform eye health in Malawi

Communications Manager
Organisation: IAPB

The Brien Holden Vision Institute, a global non-profit aimed at eliminating avoidable blindness, and Essilor, the world’s leading ophthalmic optics company, are joining forces with the Malawi Ministry of Health to improve access to affordable eye care in Malawi. Inaugurated at the launch of its first Vision Center in Lilongwe, The Sustainable Vision Care Model…

New UK Govt report focuses attention on disability

President
Organisation: International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB)

The UK House of Commons’ International Development Committee has recently released a report on its inquiry into disability and development. The report includes a number of recommendations to strengthen the UK government’s response to disability in its development and humanitarian work.  One element of any successful medium term strategy for mobilising more global resources for…

International Mobility Conference

Communications Manager
Organisation: IAPB

The International Mobility Conference (IMC 15) is being held in Montreal from 6-9 July 2015. The conference brings together educators, researchers and practitioners in the field of Orientation & Mobility training for blind and partially sighted persons. The Conference programme will be shaped around the theme “A world of innovation” and will be an opportunity…

Urgent final call for participants from 42 countries to contribute now to largest global diabetic retinopathy (DR) survey

Communications Manager
Organisation: IAPB

The DR Barometer survey, set to be the biggest survey ever conducted in diabetic retinopathy (DR), is enrolling people with diabetes and healthcare providers. The valuable time spent by all those contributing will play a critical role in informing and shaping policy and decision-making nationally and globally in DR. There is an urgent need to…

Liverpool FC plays for Seeing is Believing

Communications Manager
Organisation: IAPB

The Liverpool Football Club (LFC) will partner with Seeing is Believing again for the “Perfect Match” this year too. On Tuesday, 10 February, 8pm GMT, LFC will once again swap the logo on the first team home shirt to “Seeing is Believing” during the game against Tottenham Hotspur.  This is the fourth consecutive year in…

Seeing is Believing gets a new Head

Communications Manager
Organisation: IAPB

Carmen Choy is the new Head of Seeing is Believing in January 2015. She has moved to London from Hong Kong to take up this responsibility.   Carmen joined Standard Chartered in 2008 as part of the Hong Kong Corporate Affairs team, focusing on sustainability, sponsorship and brand management.  In 2012, not long after the…

MSc Public Health for Eye Care

Communications Manager
Organisation: IAPB

The annual MSc Public Health for Eye Care at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine is accepting applications. 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…

HKI Hiring Officers for NTDs Project

Communications Manager
Organisation: IAPB

Helen Keller International (HKI) will be leading the implementation of Morbidity Management and Disability Prevention for Blinding Trachoma and Lymphatic Filariasis (MMPD) activities, under a five year, $35 million Cooperative Agreement with USAID.  This activity will provide USAID, the Bureau for Global Health (GH), and the NTD Program with assistance to strengthen MMDP components within…

LFTW performs 50,000 Cataract Surgeries

Communications Manager
Organisation: IAPB

2014 was a big year for the “Light For the World” international NGO confederation, and topping it is the news that they have performed 50,000 cataract surgeries in 2014.  “Our goal was to do 50,000 cataract operations in all of our focus countries, for example in Ethiopia, Mozambique, Burkina Faso, but also in northeast India and…