Request for Proposals to Host 11th General Assembly in 2020

Every four years IAPB holds its General Assembly, landmark events discussing progress in the fight against avoidable blindness and visual impairment. The first Assembly took place in the United Kingdom back in 1978 and the event has since touched on every region, with this year’s 10th General Assembly taking place in Durban, South Africa. Being…

IAPB Member Survey: We Asked You Said

Respondents from over 50 member organisations and partners took part to the survey we circulated earlier this year. Member surveys are invaluable tools to ensure our activities and priorities are in tune with member needs, all the more important as we approach our next strategic planning cycle – so, first of all, let me say…

Let us all #PledgeForParity

Researcher
Organisation: London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

Anecdotally and with some statistics available through a google search (few sites listed below) I can confidently say that there is an increasing number of females in the optometry profession. It was a pleasure to visit the Chittagong Eye Infirmary and Training Complex in Bangladesh where they have the first degree course for Optometry in Bangladesh. I met the first two cohorts of optometrists trained at the school and was pleasantly surprised that 85% of the students in the Optometry school are female. I happened to be there on International Women’s Day (#IWD2016) and we all made the #PledgeForParity. It was an exciting day at the school and I left feeling uplifted and ready to do my bit to achieve global gender parity.

IAPB and L’OCCITANE Foundation announce ‘Eye Health Heroes’ 2016

Communications Manager
Organisation: IAPB

The Eye Health Heroes 2016 initiative will recognize and celebrate frontline staff whose work in the field and engagement with the community makes a real difference in restoring sight. This second instalment of the Heroes initative (we honoured 18 Heroes during the 9th General Assembly in 2012) will look to fete ‘Heroes’ nominated by IAPB…

Regional Chairs: Women onboard?

VISION 2020 Workshop Programme Manager
Organisation: ICEH

I have had the pleasure of working with the current Regional Chairs and have found their support and guidance to be invaluable as we search for innovative ways to take the GAP to the countries and engage with the Ministries of Health. So this is an opportunity to say thank you.

Access to online services: 20 European NGOs tell EU ministers ‘no one should be left behind’

Communications Officer
Organisation: IAPB

The European Blind Union (EBU) and several other European NGOs published an open letter [1] warning the 28 EU Ministers in charge of Digital Affairs that their current plans for the web accessibility directive could deny millions of disabled and older citizens equal access to the digital world, exclude them from full participation in society and create unacceptable digital barriers to employment.

Nominations open for IAPB Regional Chairs

IAPB is now accepting nominations for Regional Chairs across its seven regions, to start their term at the 10th General Assembly in Durban, 27-30 October 2016. Regional Chairs are voluntary positions leading IAPB’s regional activities. Regional Chairs also serve as Trustees on the IAPB Board. Read a full role description: in Word or PDF. For the…

ICO learning document on Uncorrected Refractive Error

Communications Officer
Organisation: IAPB

ICO Task Force on Uncorrected Refractive Errors and School Eye Health launched its’ learning document at their meeting in February 2016.  This resource presents the lessons learned from the Task Force’s eight years of work and experiences. You can download the document here Also see the ICO page on Uncorrected Refractive Error for more resources.

Take the survey on ‘Sustainability’ in eye care

Communications Manager
Organisation: IAPB

Climate change represents the biggest global public health threat of the 21st Century and the provision of healthcare can have a negative impact on the environment. Many industries and organisations are now measuring their carbon footprint and the detrimental impact of their practices on the local health of their populations. Some have developed successful strategies…

LCIF looking for a Regional Program Specialist

Communications Officer
Organisation: IAPB

The Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) is looking for a bilingual Regional Program Specialist for their Sight Programs department.  This post will analyze SightFirst grant requests from Africa and the Middle East, monitor and evaluate approved SightFirst projects, and attend regional and global blindness prevention meetings. The successful candidate will serve as the primary liaison…

ICO Issues Guidelines for Glaucoma Eye Care

Communications Officer
Organisation: IAPB

The International Council of Ophthalmology (ICO) has published ICO Guidelines for Glaucoma Eye Care. The ICO Guidelines summarize core requirements for the appropriate care of open and closed angle glaucoma and consider low and intermediate to high-resource settings. They are currently available in English and Spanish. “The new ICO glaucoma guidelines are very exciting as…

The Miami Declaration

Communications Officer
Organisation: IAPB

Building on four years of collaboration and capacity building in the Latin America region, the International Eye Foundation (IEF) hosted a meeting of stakeholders including IAPB/LA and PAHO in Miami 12-13 January 2016 to formalize and operationalize IEF’s work going forward. Much has been achieved thanks to the support of IEF, Orbis, CBM, Seva and…

The Maldives’ first RAAB—aided by smartphones!

IAPB South East Asia Regional Coordinator
Organisation: IAPB

On the first day of survey data collection we—Me, as the RAAB trainer and Mr Ubeydulla Thoufeeq as the Principal Investigator—were interviewed on live TV regarding the purpose and importance of survey to the country. After two weeks of preparation, I’m back in office and am happy to note that the data collection work is going on full-swing. We are using PEEK’s app for data-collection, which is making the recording of data easy and accurate (I had tested its first use in Nepal too). Data collection should be complete by the end of March and data analysis and result is expected by early April 2016.

The L’OCCITANE Sight Awards 2016

Communications Manager
Organisation: IAPB

The L’OCCITANE Foundation, in partnership with the IAPB and the ICO, is launching two L’OCCITANE Sight Awards. Two grants of €50,000 each this year will be dedicated to fight avoidable blindness in developing countries, for research and innovation. A prize of 50,000€ awarded to an ophthalmologist every two years to honor their work and give…

Optometry Giving Sight announces new Global Board

Communications Officer
Organisation: IAPB

(Sydney, Australia): Optometry Giving Sight has today announced the consolidation of its Global Board and Global Development Board, creating a new Board structure with 11 members. The new members are: ·  Dr. Glenn Ellisor – Executive Chairman, Vision Source ·  Marc Ferrara – CEO Information Services, Jobson Medical Information ·  Pat McNeil – Chief Communications…

Half the world to be short-sighted by 2050

Communications Manager
Organisation: IAPB

Half the world’s population (nearly 5 billion) will be short-sighted (myopic) by 2050, with up to one-fifth of them (1 billion) at a significantly increased risk of blindness if current trends continue, says a study published in the journal Ophthalmology this week. 5 billion to be short-sighted (myopic) by the year 2050 One in ten…