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…

IAPB runs in the ‘Great City Race 2014’

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

IAPB was proud to participate in Seeing is Believing’s ‘Great City Race 2014′ yesterday. A team comprising Susan Evans, Celene Leong and Robin Percy joined more than 2000 runners in the running challenge which takes place around the closed off streets of the City of London. Seeing is Believing is the official race beneficiary and all…

WBU attends 7th Conference of States Parties to the UNCRPD

CEO
Organisation: World Blind Union

The WBU was represented at the 7th COSP to the CRPD by WBU President Arnt Holte, 1st Vice President Fredric Schroeder, Immediate Past President Maryanne Diamond and CEO Penny Hartin. Maryanne Diamond was officially part of the International Disability Alliance delegation as IDA Vice Chair and incoming Chair, effective July 2014. The COSP was preceded…

Durban Calling

Director of Development and Communications
Organisation: IAPB

10GA. Some of you are possibly thinking that the next Assembly – 18-20 September 2016 – is ages away. But the IAPB team are determined that we will build on the success of Hyderabad 2012 and that means starting our planning even earlier this time round. Alessandro Di Capua, IAPB’s Membership Manager, will be playing…

GAP Update

Chief Executive of IAPB
Organisation: IAPB

July 2014 This is the first in what will become a regular feature from Peter Ackland updating you on latest developments that are contributing to the implementation of the WHA resolution 66.4 “Universal Eye Health: A global action plan 2014 – 2019”.  Where better to start this new series than the very first action articulated…

Commonwealth Health Partnerships & Avoidable Blindness

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

Commonwealth Health Partnerships 2014, the essential overview of health in the Commonwealth, has a great paper on Avoidable Blindness. Put together by the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust with significant inputs from IAPB, the article gives a great overview of the situation on the Commonwealth countries, IAPB and the Trust’s efforts to address them and…

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…