Comprehensive Child Eye Health in Nigeria

With a population of over 182 million people, Nigeria is one of the most populated countries in the world. Rising poverty rates, poor education and underfunded healthcare systems are some of the key factors that have contributed to the large percentages of children with avoidable blindness and visual impairments. This consortium SiB programme lead by…

Free Online Course on Global blindness from ICEH

Communications Coordinator
Organisation: IAPB

The International Centre for Eye Health and London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine are re-running the successful free online course on Global Blindness with the help of its partners FutureLearn from 20 February 2017.   You can register your interest at: https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/global-blindness   This free online course in public health for eye care will:…

Call for Abstracts for the 2nd World Congress of Optometry

Communications Coordinator
Organisation: IAPB

The second World Congress of Optometry, which is to be held in Hyderabad from 11-13 September 2017 is calling for submission of abstracts for oral and poster presentations. The second World Congress of Optometry “Accessible, quality vision and eye health”, is a collaborative effort between the World Council of Optometry (WCO) in partnership with Asia…

IAPB releases Spectacle Coverage Report

Communications Coordinator
Organisation: IAPB

Uncorrected Refractive Error (URE) is a major public health concern. The annual global productivity loss due to URE was 269 billion international dollars in 2012. URE impacts lifestyle, well-being and quality of life for everyone affected. The “Spectacle Coverage Report” looks at current national data on spectacle coverage. Written by Adriane Becker Contreras and Peter…

NIH Genetics Training programme for LMIC Ophthalmologists

Communications Manager
Organisation: IAPB

The National Institutes of Health (NIH), USA has announced the 2nd International Summit in Human Genetics and Genomics, hosted at NIH campus in Bethesda, MD, USA from Aug 30th -Sept. 30th, 2017.  Several NIH institutes/ICs, including the National Eye Institute (NEI), are participating in this NIH-wide training programme. Applications for the month-long training programme for qualified…

January 2017 SiB Newsletter

Project Officer, Seeing is Believing
Organisation: IAPB

2016 was an incredibly busy year for us here at SiB. We closed out our last Phase IV project and set up 14 new projects, 4 of which introduce themselves here. So we now have over 40 SiB projects running! To see where all our SiB projects are, click here. With so many SiB projects…

Applications for MSc Public Health for eye care at LSHTM

Communications Coordinator
Organisation: IAPB

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine is currently accepting applications through the LSHTM online application system for the annual MSc Public Health for Eye Care (MSc PHEC). They also have scholarships available. 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 challenges for Africa

IAPB Africa Chair

The IAPB Africa Team (left to right): Mr Ronnie Graham, Dr Joseph Oye, Dr Aaron Magava, Prof Kovin Naidoo, Miss Neebha Budhoo, Mr Senanu Quacoe, Mr Simon Day Back in 1999, VISION 2020 was formulated to eliminate the main causes of avoidable blindness and visual impairment. The plan sought to bring together all stakeholders to…

Long-term Strategy for Blindness Prevention endorsed by Vietnam PM

Regional Program Manager, IAPB Western Pacific
Organisation: IAPB

Vietnam’s Prime Minister approved the National Strategy for Prevention of Blindness to 2020, with a Vision to 2030 at the end of 2016. With the Prime Minister’s high-level endorsement, the strategy provides a long-term vision that will raise the importance of eye health in the context of health and development in Vietnam. It calls on…

Jobs: Fundraising Officer

Communications Manager
Organisation: IAPB

Fundraising Officer – 9 month contract 3 days per week C.£35,000 (pro rata) plus benefits London WC1E IAPB leads international efforts to prevent blindness. Our vision is a world in which everyone has access to the best possible standard of eye health; where no one is needlessly visually impaired; and where those with irreparable vision…

Lions/PAAO Award in Blindness Prevention to Recognize Excellence

Communications Coordinator
Organisation: IAPB

Nominations are now being accepted for the Lions/PAAO Award in Blindness Prevention, which will be awarded at the XXXIII Pan-American Congress of Ophthalmology, in Lima, Peru in August 2017. The award will be granted to a Peruvian ophthalmologist who has demonstrated a strong commitment to providing and developing eye care services in underserved communities throughout…

Ethiopia signs the Commitment to promote UEH and eliminate blinding NTDs

Communications Coordinator
Organisation: IAPB

    Following, Liberia, Zambia, Burkina Faso and Sierra Leone, Ethiopia has signed the “Commitment to promote Universal Eye Health and eliminate blinding Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs)” that was launched at the Celebration ceremony of the IAPB 10th General Assembly.   This Commitment, which also calls on support from development partners, intends to send a…

10 things I’ve learnt from arranging my 1st Webinars for Seeing is Believing

Project Officer, Seeing is Believing
Organisation: IAPB

I recently arranged some regional webinars for project staff working on Seeing is Believing (SiB) projects, as a way of enhancing learning between projects. We arranged webinars for the Africa, South East Asia & Western Pacific regions. Over 60 people attended 1 or more webinar. I thought I would share my top 10 tips, for…

2017 Joanne Angle Investigator Award – a research grant by Prevent Blindness

Communications Coordinator
Organisation: IAPB

The Joanne Angle Investigator Award provides funding for research investigating public health related to eye health and safety.   Applications will be accepted in the following priority areas in adult vision, children’s vision, or eye injury:   Burden/economic aspects of eye disease/vision loss on society Best practices to integrate vision screening/follow up care to system…

Press Release: The importance of Braille Literacy

Communications Coordinator
Organisation: IAPB

The World Blind Union Press Release for World Braille Day Toronto, Canada: On January 4th, we celebrate World Braille Day and the huge impact that Louis Braille’s invention has had on the lives of blind people all over the world. Braille always has been and always will be more than just a tool for blind individuals who…

China: 5-year National Plan for Eye Health adopted

Regional Program Manager, IAPB Western Pacific
Organisation: IAPB

China’s National Health and Family Planning Commission presented a new 5-year National Plan for Eye Health in late October, which calls on government agencies and partners to work together and extend action in the lead-up to the 2020. The plan is a product of extensive consultation and drafting by key experts active in blindness prevention in China. It provides…

Vietnam: Cataract blindness still a major health problem

Regional Program Manager, IAPB Western Pacific
Organisation: IAPB

A Rapid Assessment of Avoidable Blindness (RAAB) survey conducted in Vietnam has found the prevalence of cataract blindness in people aged over 50 years has reduced since the first survey in 2000 and the number of surgeries has increased significantly. Download the English version of the final report. While the reduction in prevalence is good news,…

Applying AI to help the Visually Impaired

Communications Coordinator
Organisation: IAPB

Microsoft, L V Prasad Eye Institute and Global Experts Collaborate to Launch Microsoft Intelligent Network for Eyecare   Press Release Hyderabad, India, 19 December 2016: Continuing to enhance real life impact through technology, Microsoft India, in collaboration with L V Prasad Eye Institute, today launched Microsoft Intelligent Network for Eyecare (MINE) – a global consortium…

Deadline Extension for 2017 LCIF SightFirst Research Grants

Communications Coordinator
Organisation: IAPB

The deadline to submit Letters of Intent (LOI) for the 2017 SightFirst Research Program has been extended until December 31, 2016. 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…