Bayer HealthCare Supports World Sight Day Event

Global Advocacy
Organisation: Bayer

On October 9, Bayer colleagues worldwide came together to support World Sight Day (WSD) – an international day to promote awareness of avoidable blindness and its prevention – with various activities. About 285 million people are visually impaired worldwide. About 90 percent of those affected live in developing countries. Preventable causes are as high as…

Bob McMullan on the IAPB WSD14 Event – and the future

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

My first response to the proceedings on World Sight Day in Mexico is one of gratitude. Gratitude to the organisers, of course, but also to the many government, professional and NGO representatives who made it so successful. What did we learn? First: that with the cooperation of the range of professional eye health bodies and…

Vietnam’s first Optometry School

Organisation: Brien Holden Vision Institute

The first four year Optometry Degree programme has just been launched in Vietnam by a collaboration between Pham Ngoc Thach University of Medicine, Ho Chi Min City Eye Hospital and the Brien Holden Vision Institute, with support from the Australian Government’s Avoidable Blindness Initiative Program. It was an absolute delight to meet Vietnam’s first 20…

VISION 2020 Latin America meeting, Mexico City

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

As we get ready for the World Sight Day Gala event in Mexico City tomorrow, here are a bunch of pre-meetings and interviews going on. These are pictures from the VISION 2020 Latin America meeting that will see almost all Latin American countries represented here. With Ecuador being declared Onchocerciasis free, among other achievements, and…


Director of Development and Communications
Organisation: IAPB

The current outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in West Africa has been declared a ‘public health emergency of international concern’ by the World Health Organization. First identified in Guinea, it has spread to Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria – all in West Africa. The outbreak has led to a lot of concerns and anxieties…

Advocating to help Vietnam have better access to eye health

IAPB Advocacy Manager
Organisation: IAPB

In late June I visited Vietnam to work together with Damian Facciolo, (Regional Program Manager, IAPB Western Pacific) to deliver an advocacy workshop in Hanoi, with support from Australian Aid. During the workshop we discussed key problems and objectives. We worked to help NGOs on Vietnam’s Eye Care Partners Working Group to come up with…

Report on Costs of Exclusion & Gains of Inclusion of People with Disabilities

Communications Manager
Organisation: IAPB

The International Centre for Evidence in Disability, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, with support from CBM, has launched a report on ‘The Economic Costs of Exclusion and Gains of Inclusion of People with Disabilities: Evidence from Low and Middle Income Countries’. The report, in two parts, presents a systematic review of the literature on…

Regional Institute of Ophthalmology, Peru, marks 20 years

Regional Director LAC Program
Organisation: ORBIS

A guest post from Joan McLeod-Omawale, ORBIS International: a window to the good work ORBIS has been doing over the years in the Latin American region. I had the opportunity to participate in the 20th Anniversary Celebrations of our long-term partner, Regional Institute of Ophthalmology (IRO) in Trujillo, Peru on July 10-12. The IRO is…

Regional Action Plan: PAHO

Fundraising and Partnerships Manager
Organisation: IAPB

It’s often difficult to point to tangible and direct outcomes from advocacy actions – but the results from the Latin American Regional workshop hosted by PAHO in April 2013 certainly delivered on eye health.  Supported by IAPB Latin America and Orbis, the three day workshop of Ministry of Health officials, V2020 LA, Orbis, CBM and other…

Universal Eye Health: Three important documents

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

The Global Action Plan for Universal Eye Health was adopted last year. The focus now moves to the regions and implementing countries.  Here are the 3 key regional documents that focus upon implementing GAP at the regional level – from the regions of Eastern Mediterranean, Latin America and North America ( together as PAHO) and…

IAPB seeks Project Accountant

Seeing is Believing Project Accountant
Organisation: IAPB

Project Accountant £35- £45k depending on experience Flexible hours and excellent benefits Location London WC1 Your challenge is to provide first-class accounting for crucial global initiatives; primarily our Seeing is Believing programme, a collaboration with Standard Chartered Bank. It’s an important and varied role where you’ll be reviewing applications and reports, meeting with a wide…

Regional Plan for Universal Eye Health: Western Pacific

Regional Program Manager, IAPB Western Pacific
Organisation: IAPB

After many months, the WHO Western’s Pacific Regional Office (WPRO) has officially launched Towards Universal Eye Health: A Regional Action Plan for the Western Pacific (2014–2019). The plan was developed through consultation with Member States, international partners and experts during 2013 and was endorsed by the Western Pacific Regional Committee Meeting in Manila last October.…

Australia funds its first ‘National Eye Health Survey’

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

This is great news from Australia. The following post is an abridged version of Jennifer Gersbeck’s full post on the Vision 2020 Australia website. UPDATE: China and Philippines are also preparing national surveys of blindness, writes Damian Facciolo, IAPB Western Pacific We’re often told that governments strongly support this initiative or that programme, but sometimes…

‘Neglected Sensory Diseases’ – the NSDs (you heard it here first)

Chief Executive of IAPB
Organisation: IAPB

I have just returned from the Coalition for Global Hearing Health conference in Oxford. There are 360 million persons in the world with disabling hearing loss – and just like vision loss – most of this is avoidable through treatment and prevention. Although much remains to be done to counter avoidable vision loss the evidence…

IAPB Advocacy Training Workshop, Accra, Ghana

Regional Programme Coordinator
Organisation: International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB)

In the pursuit of its primary change objective “Every country with a ‘Human Resources for Health’ (HRH) strategy has a ‘Human Resources for Eye Health’ (HReH) strategy integrated within it” IAPB Africa held an Advocacy Training Workshop in Accra, Ghana, to train candidates from five pilot countries as advocacy advisors. The goal of the workshop…