Seeing is Believing Delegates at 10GA

Associate Director, Programme, Seeing is Believing Group Public Affairs and Sustainability
Organisation: Standard Chartered

Delegates ‘speed dating’ to learn about each other’s SiB projects Mid-level health workers are the backbone of eye health systems across our markets, providing vital primary health care services, often to rural and remote populations. However, they’re often overlooked when it comes to training and development opportunities. But not this time, as Seeing is Believing…

Memories from 10GA

Communications Manager
Organisation: IAPB

IAPB’s 10th General Assembly (10GA), the premier global event discussing public health issues related to blindness and visual impairment, has been a grand success. Catering to every eye health professional – ophthalmologists, optometrists, other eye health professionals, development and public health experts, key opinion leaders, procurement specialists, CEOs, eye care equipment manufacturers – 10GA brought…

The British Council for Prevention of Blindness seeks UK-based trustee

Communications Coordinator
Organisation: IAPB

The British Council for Prevention of Blindness (BCPB) is seeking a UK-based trustee for its Board, preferably someone with UK voluntary sector/trustee experience.     The charity focuses on providing grants for research and training to eliminate avoidable blindness, especially in low income countries where the need is greatest.     Trustees are required to…

Morocco eliminates Trachoma

Communications Coordinator
Organisation: IAPB

15 November 2016 ¦ Geneva ¦ Marrakech – Today, the World Health Organization (WHO) acknowledged the elimination of trachoma as a public health problem in Morocco.   “This is an impressive public health achievement for Morocco,” said Dr Margaret Chan, WHO Director-General. “It demonstrates how strong political will, education, awareness, surveillance and most importantly community engagement, can…

ICO launches 2017 Guidelines for Diabetic Eye Care

Communications Coordinator
Organisation: IAPB

The International Council of Ophthalmology (ICO) has released the 2017 Guidelines for Diabetic Eye Care. The updates include guidance on intravitreal injections, diabetes in pregnancy and more extensive recommendations for treatment.  The updated Guidelines were introduced at this month’s 10th General Assembly of the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) in South Africa.…

Landmark study reveals adults with Diabetes at unnecessary risk of vision loss

Communications Manager
Organisation: IAPB

The DR Barometer – a study of almost 7,000 adults with diabetes and health care professionals from 41 countries highlights the urgent need for clear patient care pathways and robust, responsive health systems around the world to prevent unnecessary vision loss associated with diabetes. Approximately one in three adults with diabetes worldwide – up to…

Celebrating Eye Health Heroes

Communications Coordinator
Organisation: IAPB

The 10GA celebration ceremony on the last day saw the delegates honour and fete the eye care talent IAPB members nurture and partner with. As the fifteen Eye Health Heroes of 2016 in attendance walked up to the raised stage, they received a standing ovation from the audience and the applause lasted a long time.…

Grant Opportunity Announcement for USAID’s Child Blindness Program

Communications Coordinator
Organisation: IAPB

  The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Child Blindness Program (CBP) announces the release of its Innovation, Global Knowledge & Best Practices (IGBP) Request for Applications (RFA).   CBP provides services targeted to children and vulnerable populations. Current projects provide sight-restoring surgery, screening of children for eye diseases and conditions, and delivery of eyeglasses…

#StrongerTogether Photo Competition Winners and Runners-Up

Communications Coordinator
Organisation: IAPB

The winners of the #StrongerTogether Photo Competition were announced at the celebration ceremony of the 10GA in Durban, South Africa. Although only two clear winners were voted for in the Professional and Amateur categories (congratulations to Tommy Trenchard and Duke!) with five runners up each, a BIG thank you to all the participants; your submissions…

#StrongerTogether Photo Competition winners announced

Communications Officer
Organisation: IAPB

The winners of the #StrongerTogether Photo Competition were announced at the 10GA Celebration Ceremony, in Durban, South Africa by Michelle Sylvanowicz, representing Bayer. As part of a moving speech that spelt out the need to talk about and make people comfortable with eye care, even in urban settings, she announced the following winners: Winner –…

Committing to Universal Eye Health

Director of Advocacy and Interim CEO
Organisation: IAPB

The “Commitment to promote Universal Eye Health and eliminate blinding NTDs” was launched at the Celebration ceremony of the  IAPB 10th General Assembly. The General Assembly comes at a critical time in the implementation of the Global Action Plan on Universal Eye Health 2014-2019, which was adopted unanimously in the 66th World Health Assembly in…

IAPB Awards honour collaboration and contributions to eye care

Communications Manager
Organisation: IAPB

IAPB’s 10th General Assembly, the premier global event discussing clinical and public health issues related to blindness and vision impairment, honoured key eye care professionals and organisations for their contributions to blindness prevention. Immediate Release: The late Prof Brien Holden, founder of the Brien Holden Vision Institute and an extraordinary champion for eye health and…

IAPB Vision Atlas to be launched at 10GA

Communications Coordinator
Organisation: IAPB

The IAPB Vision Atlas website will be launched at the 10GA Opening Ceremony on 27 October in Durban by Peter Ackland, IAPB CEO. The Opening Ceremony will be graced by the presence of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, the National Minister of Health, South Africa among other dignitaries, and over 1000 delegates…

Peruvian National Eye Institute named after Dr. Francisco Contreras Campos

Communications Officer
Organisation: IAPB

In recognition of Dr. Francisco Contreras Campos’ work in blindness prevention, the Peruvian National Eye institute, Instituto Nacional de Oftalmología – INO, has been named after him: Instituto Nacional de Oftalmología “Dr. Francisco Contreras Campos”. Amongst many positions and multiple awards, he was Founder and Director of the Peruvian National Eye Institute; the first Ophthalmic…

VISION 2020 UK launches Starting Point – first steps for families of vision impaired children

Communications Coordinator
Organisation: IAPB

VISION 2020 UK, the umbrella organisation which leads collaboration in eye health and sight loss, has marked World Sight Day with a rollout of a national project, aimed at improving the information given to families at the point of diagnosis of their child’s vision impairment. The diagnosis of a child’s vision impairment can turn a…

VISION 2020: The Right to Sight – India celebrates World Sight Day

Communications Coordinator
Organisation: IAPB

VISION 2020: The Right to Sight – India is celebrating World Sight Day 2016 with two events. They will be holding a seminar on the theme of WSD – Stronger Together on 12 October. The seminar will highlight the importance of partnership among different stakeholders for making their collective mission successful.The second event will be a…

River Blindness Eliminated in Guatemala

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

Guatemala has become the fourth country (after Colombia, Ecuador, and Mexico) in the world to eliminate river blindness. This announcement comes one year after the international coalition, formed by The Carter Center, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), WHO and Merck’s MECTIZAN Donation Program, urged for the final push to eliminate onchocerciasis from the Americas.…

Major League Baseball Players Trust and Our Children’s Vision Take Aim at Avoidable Blindness

Communications Coordinator
Organisation: IAPB

Major League Baseball Players Trust and Our Children’s Vision Take Aim at Avoidable Blindness Former Major Leaguers and Indiana Natives LaTroy Hawkins & Kenny Lofton to Host Free Vision Screenings in Gary, IN on World Sight Day New York, NY, Monday, October 4, 2016 … Baseball and kids are a classic combination, but what happens…

Sight: The Story of Vision – First Film Color-Adapted for the Color Blind

Communications Coordinator
Organisation: IAPB

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Kris Koenig  Koenig Films, Inc. 1 (530) 321 7827 kris@koenigfilms.com   Vision Documentary First Film Ever To Be Color-Adapted For the Color Blind Koenig Films and EnChroma enable color blind people to better see film’s colors Chico, CA – September 6, 2016 – Sight: The Story of Vision, a documentary…