Focus on Eye Health: National Summit

Communications Officer
Organisation: IAPB

Prevent Blindness will host the fifth annual Focus on Eye Health National Summit on June 17, 2016 at the National Press Club. The Summit will will focus on recommendations brought forth in a new Health and Medicine Division report by the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine Committee on Public Health Approaches to Reduce…

Maldives Dissemination Workshop

IAPB South East Asia Regional Coordinator
Organisation: IAPB

I am delighted to report back from a successful ‘dissemination workshop’ for data from the first-ever population based RAAB survey in Maldives. The workshop was organized by the WHO country office in Maldives and was graced by the honorable Minister of Health Her Excellency Ms Iruthisham Adam, Dr Tara Prasad Das, IAPB SEA Regional Chair, Prof. Henry Adala, LCIF Technical Advisor, Africa, Deputy Ministers and policy makers of Maldives and other eye care colleagues from the island nation.

Financing for universal eye health: 8 Reflections on UHC

Regional Program Manager, IAPB Western Pacific
Organisation: IAPB

The Regional Action Plan for Universal Eye Health in the Western Pacific urges governments to ensure that “essential eye-care, low vision and rehabilitation services are included in national health financing approaches for universal health coverage” and calls on international partners to advocate for coverage of eye-care services by insurance schemes.

The ICO publishes paper for global ban on consumer fireworks

Communications Officer
Organisation: IAPB

The International Council of Ophthalmology (ICO) endorses a global ban on consumer fireworks.  Also endorsed by the IAPB board, the ICO position paper encourages ophthalmologists and National Societies of Ophthalmology to advocate for a ban on consumer fireworks by their national governments, as a strategy to prevent unnecessary blindness and visual impairment from firework-related injuries.…

International Workshop on Cataract Prevention and Treatment

Communications Manager
Organisation: IAPB

AIER Eye Hospital, China’s largest ophthalmic institution, is hosting an international training workshop to improve cataract treatment for blindness prevention. The course will be delivered in Changsa, Hunan Province with instruction in English. The course will run for 20 days from 17 October until 5 November 2016. International workshops like these have been held in China since…

Attention to eye care as ageing strategy aims to maximise health and well-being of older persons

IAPB Advocacy Manager
Organisation: IAPB

IAPB has been active in influencing the development of the WHO Global Strategy and Action Plan on Ageing and Health (GSAP) to be considered for adoption this May at the World Health Assembly. This has included contributing to consultations with some issues successfully taken up. Speaking with members of the WHO ageing and life-course team at…

Head of Dept. Ophthalmology vacancy at CCBRT

Communications Officer
Organisation: IAPB

Comprehensive Community Based Rehabilitation in Tanzania (CCBRT) is looking for a Head of Department – Ophthalmology The responsibilites would include ensuring annual and long term financial and quality of care targets are met, expanding the established reputation and contributing to the organisational expansion of CCBRT’s private eye services.   Responsibilities: Provide on-the-job management and fulfill administrative…

IAPB Regional Chair Nominees finalised

Communications Manager
Organisation: IAPB

Seven nominees including three incumbents have been nominated for Regional Chair positions across IAPB’s seven regions. For two regions, Africa and Western Pacific, regional elections were held to choose the preferred candidate among the nominees. Here is the list of Regional Chair nominees who will be formally appointed as Chairs for the seven regions at the…

Vision for a Nation Shortlisted for the UK Charity Awards 2016

Communications Officer
Organisation: IAPB

Vision for a Nation (VFAN) is delighted to announce that it has made the shortlist for this year’s Charity Awards – the UK charity sector’s most prestigious and longest-running awards programme. VFAN has been shortlisted in the “International Aid and Development” category for its unprecedented project: “Delivering Primary Eye Care to the Whole of Rwanda”.…

Sri Lanka releases latest Blindness Survey data

IAPB South East Asia Regional Coordinator
Organisation: IAPB

In collaboration with IAPB South East Asia, VISION 2020 Sri Lanka and the Ministry of Health organized a national workshop on eye health action plan from 6 to 7 May, 2016. The main objective of the workshop was to come up with suggestions for the amendment on Sri Lanka’s National Eye Health Action Plan 2013…

BCPB Grants 2016

Communications Officer
Organisation: IAPB

The British Council for Prevention of Blindness (BCPB) grant programme is accepting applications for research grants and awards  Closing date: 7 October 2016   Grants are offered for research projects that further the goals of ‘VISION 2020: The Right to Sight’, in the following categories: Fellowships leading to the award of PhD or MD –…

Eye Fund 2: interested?

Consultant
Organisation: Ashoka Foundation

In 2010, Deutsche Bank and IAPB together launched ‘Eye Fund 1’ to provide affordable long-term debt financing for eye care programmes to accelerate the expansion of their activities through investments in equipment and facilities. In parallel, IAPB created a capacity building grant fund to provide technical assistance and training to help eye care programmes to…

CCBRT looking for a Paediatric Ophthalmologist

Communications Officer
Organisation: IAPB

Comprehensive Community Based Rehabilitation in Tanzania (CCBRT) is looking for a specialist in Paediatric Ophthalmology to work at their clinics in Tanzania The responsibilites would include supporting the CCBRT clinics and development and initiatiation of training of fellows in paediatric ophthalmology.   Responsibilities: Assess, examine and diagnose paediatric patients Manage ophthalmic conditions, including sound judgments re…

Nominations announced for IAPB Regional Chairs

Seven new candidates and three incumbents responded to the call for nominations for Regional Chairs across IAPB’s seven regions. In two regions, Africa and Western Pacific, regional elections will be held to choose the preferred candidate among the nominees. In the Eastern Mediterranean, Europe and South East Asia the incumbent chairs stood for another term,…

Why So Many Children Around The World Could Go Blind

Senior Vice President of Inclusive Business, Philanthropy and Social Impact
Organisation: Essilor

Ten years ago, an estimated 19 million children worldwide suffered from serious vision problems such as near-sightedness, or myopia, the leading cause of distance vision impairment. Since then, this epidemic has grown even worse. Severe myopia is a particular problem, increasing the risk of cataracts, glaucoma, retinal detachment and myopic macular degeneration — all of…

Vision 2020 Australia’s advocacy in an election year

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

Last month Vision 2020 Australia hosted a Parliamentary Friends Group for Eye Health and Vision Care dinner in Canberra. This group commenced in 2007, providing an opportunity for our members to directly engage Federal parliamentarians and bring eye health and vision care issues to their attention. Over the past nine years, the Parliamentary Friends Group has flourished with strong engagement from a cross-section of Australian parliamentarians, their advisers and government officials.

Seeing is Believing grants encourage innovators to see things differently

Communications Officer
Organisation: IAPB

Innovation Fund backs more ideas to change the way eye care is delivered in developing countries 11 April 2016, London: Standard Chartered’s Seeing is Believing, a collaboration between the bank and the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB), has launched the second phase of its Innovation Fund, expanding five of the original projects…

Our Children’s Vision launches to combat health crisis

Communications Officer
Organisation: IAPB

New York, NY, USA, 13 April 2016: A group of vision industry leaders has announced a new global campaign to bring better vision and eye health to millions of children in need. Our Children’s Vision is a movement bringing together governments, development agencies, the private sector, eye health practitioners and communities with the goal of…