New Chief Program and Innovation Officer appointed at Helen Keller International

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 health organization Helen Keller International has announced the appointment of Dr. Emmanuel d’Harcourt as its new Chief Program and Innovation Officer. Dr. d’Harcourt assumed the post on August 12, 2019 and is based in the organization’s New York headquarters. He succeeded Helen Keller International’s former Senior Vice President of Programs, Victoria Quinn, who…

Singapore Hosts Myopia Summit

Communications Manager
Organisation: IAPB

Myopia is not a public health problem. Definitely not so, when the governments or health systems of the world are tackling so many conditions that end lives or cause severe morbidity. The Singapore Eye Research Institute (SERI) ran a two-day Myopia summit: “Controversies in Myopia”, to debate and discuss various aspects of the Myopia epidemic.…

WHO organises web consultations with non-State actors on their participation in WHO governance

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 part of the WHO reform processes, including the transformation agenda, the Member States are seeking ways to stimulate a more meaningful participation of non-State actors in official relations in governing bodies’ meetings. Within that process, the WHO Executive Board in its 145th meeting requested a web consultation with non-State actors to be organized to…

27th Annual VOSH Meeting: Confronting Humanitarian Imperatives and Efforts of Global Eye Care and Vision Crisis

Communications/PR Chair
Organisation: VOSH/International

REGISTER NOW FOR THE VOSH EVENT OF THE YEAR IN ORLANDO FLORIDA INFORMATION AND REGISTRATION AT https://vosh.org/get-involved/annual-meetings/ With the American Academy of Optometrists 2019 Annual Meeting and the 3rd World Congress of Optometry joining together October 23-27 in Orlando, Florida, the VOSH/International Annual Meeting also comes to Orlando on October 27. The largest optometric all-volunteer…

Launching a new funding stream tackling visual impairment: The Indigo Trust

Deputy Trust Executive
Organisation: Indigo Trust

The Indigo Trust is a UK-based grant-making foundation that is part of the Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts. Since Indigo’s founding almost 20 years ago, the Trust has awarded over £13 million in funding to a variety of causes in the UK and overseas. Projects supported by Indigo range from criminal justice issues in the UK…

Delivering high standard of ophthalmic patient care: King Khaled Eye Specialist Hospital

Associate Chief Patient Affairs Officer
Organisation: King Khaled Eye Specialist Hospital

King Khaled Eye Specialist Hospital is a leading hospital and center of excellence established under a royal decree from King Khaled bin Abdul-Aziz. Previous to our establishment, Saudi citizens were encountering many difficulties seeking ophthalmic care. They often traveled abroad to receive treatment. Since we opened in 1982, we have delivered high-quality care services to…

Optometry is leading the new future of eye health in Vietnam

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

Press Release: Hanoi, Vietnam, 20 August 2019: Today marks an historic day for Hanoi Medical University (HMU) and its School of Optometry, as the first graduating class of optometrists complete their degree. The HMU cohort of 43 optometry graduates join their 12 newly qualified colleagues from the University of Medicine Pham Ngoc Thach (UPNT), in a…

PacEyes – Another Successful Conference in Suva

Regional Program Manager, Western Pacific
Organisation: International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness

At the end of June, PacEyes held its biannual conference at the Holiday inn Hotel in Suva. From its inception in 2004, the organisation has gone from strength to strength, celebrating with a packed programme of activities and a gala birthday dinner. Fittingly, this was the largest  PacEyes yet with 140 registrants from countries across…

Farewell Marleen!

President
Organisation: PNG Prevention of Blindness Committee

The members of the Papua New Guinea National Prevention of Blindness Committee gathered In Port Moresby recently to say farewell to Marleen Nelisse of the Fred Hollows Foundation, New Zealand. Marleen lived in PNG from 2011 for two-and-a-half years and then moved on to become Programme Director at Auckland Head Office. From the beginning of…

The 2nd Meeting of Korean Eye Care Working Group

CEO, LabSD

On the 4th of June, 2019, representatives from IAPB member organizations in South Korea gathered together for the 2nd meeting of Korean Eye Care Working Group (KECWG).  The members were Good People International, Korean Foundation for the Prevention of Blindness, Project BOM affiliated with Yonsei University Severance Hospital, and Vision Care Services.  Tech start-ups concerned…

Prevent Blindness launches Diabetes & The Eyes Educational Toolkit

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

Prevent Blindness has released new FREE toolkit offering educational materials on diabetes and the impact of diabetes on eye health – available in both English and Spanish. This new toolkit includes Diabetes & the Eyes Educator Course was created for healthcare professionals, community health educators, diabetes educators, and anyone in a caregiving or diabetes education…

Poor eyesight and hearing loss costs billions in the UK

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

UK’s first vision and hearing survey aims to capture vital data on UK issues A lack of accurate data is contributing to a £58billion bill for vision and hearing loss in the UK, according to a report published today that calls on the Government to support the first ever national survey of the UK population’s…

Finding Knowledge, Attitude and Practice of eye health in Nepal

IAPB-Country Chair Nepal and Executive Director
Organisation: Nepal Netra Jyoti Sangh

In 2017, the Nepal Netra Jyoti Sangh (NNJS) carried out a “knowledge, attitude and practice” national survey to understand the evolving demand for, and knowledge/attitudes for eye care in Nepal. A key aim for the survey was to assess, communicate and address eye health seeking behavior at the community level. Though Nepal is small in…

Accelerating eye health within the larger movement towards the Sustainable Development Goals

Head of Policy and Advocacy
Organisation: IAPB
"Accelerate". This was the word on everyone’s lips at the 2019 High-level Political Forum (HLPF), which took place from 9-18 July at UN Headquarters in New York. Four years after the adoption of the 2030 Agenda, the consensus is that we are simply not moving fast enough. António Guterres, UN Secretary-General, called on world leaders…

IAPB Africa: Making progress in the first half of 2019

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

The first six-months of 2019 has brought with it various positive developments in the region The first being the publications of the Core Competencies that we have really worked hard for. WHO Afro released the Core competencies for the Eye Health Workforce in the WHO African region in February.  IAPB worked with WHO Afro since…

IAPB SEA Regional Planning Consultative Meeting: How far we’ve come and planning ahead

IAPB South East Asia Regional Coordinator
Organisation: IAPB

IAPB organized a South East Asia Regional consultative meeting on eye health on 29 and 30 June 2019.  The main objectives of the meeting were: To produce a white paper in line with the goals and objectives of VISION 2020 and WHO GAP 2014-2019, on existing eye health status of each country in the region…

The Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology celebrates two milestones

IAPB South East Asia Regional Coordinator
Organisation: IAPB

The Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology (TIO), recently celebrated its 25th anniversary on 22nd June 2019.  It also marked another milestone that day – the World Health Organization (WHO) has recognised TIO as a WHO Collaboration Centre of Ophthalmology. TIO is the first Institute in Nepal to receive this recognition in the field of ophthalmology.  A…

Interactive workshop: “Leaving no-one behind: strengthening inclusion and equity in eye health”

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

CBM and Sightsavers warmly welcome everyone to a free interactive workshop on “Leaving no-one behind: strengthening inclusion and equity in eye health” on 3-4 October, prior to IAPB Council of Members Meeting, in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania. We will share evidence based background information and experience of making eye health services more inclusive and accessible for people…

Vacancy: Programme Director

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 Fred Hollows Foundation New Zealand is looking for a Programme Director. Senior Leadership role based in Auckland and working across the Pacific Drive the strategy to eliminate avoidable blindness in the Pacific Central city location, great culture, health insurance and free gym. This is one of those rare opportunities for an exceptional leader looking to…

VISION 2020 India conference: fostering learning and networking in an enabling environment

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 15th annual conference of VISION 2020: The Right to Sight – INDIA ‘Achieving Universal Eye Health for Everyone and Everywhere’ was convened on 8 & 9 June 2019 at Aravind Eye Hospital, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. More than 600 delegates from 18 states and 2 union territories across 115 organisations from India attended the…