Myanmar hosts a key workshop

IAPB South East Asia Regional Coordinator
Organisation: IAPB

The capital city of Myanmar – Nay Pi Taw, a beautiful and well-planned city – is mainly inhabited by Myanmarese government employees and is a sight to behold. On 27-28 July, the city played host to ‘The National Stakeholders Consultation Workshop’, organized by the Myanmarese Ministry of Health (MoH), to develop a National Action Plan…

Dr APJ Abdul Kalam: A Life Dedicated to Science

Communications Manager
Organisation: IAPB

It is with great sadness we note that Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, the 11th President of India and global VISION 2020 Ambassador for nearly a decade, passed away on July 27, 2015. Widely known as the “people’s President”, Dr Kalam was an immensely popular scientist with the ability to inspire and enthuse millions around the…

SiB Newsletter now live

Project Officer, Seeing is Believing
Organisation: IAPB

Seeing is Believing Newsletter The latest edition of the Seeing is Believing Newsletter is now live. SiB implementing partners share their project learning on the areas of sustainability, evaluation & impact and project monitoring. Read more….

Brien Holden: An Eye Health Champion

Communications Manager
Organisation: IAPB

Prof Brien Holden – extraordinary scientist, and a champion for eye health and optometry services across the world – passed away on 27 July 2015. His immense contributions to vision research and his passion for eliminating avoidable blindness and vision impairment always went hand in hand. He worked with a variety of partners across geographies…

Vision Aid Overseas’ New Online Learning Portal to Support Optometry Graduates in Zambia

Vision Aid Overseas (VAO) is delighted to be supporting Optometry Graduates in Zambia by funding a new online CPD learning portal. The interactive learning system, provided by online medical education provider, Synapse, will be available to graduates who have completed the three-year diploma in Optometry Technology at Chainama College of Health Sciences in Lusaka, which…

Taking a Systems Approach to Eye Health

Regional Program Manager, IAPB Western Pacific
Organisation: IAPB

Re-posted with permission from the IAPB Western Pacific blog. In early July, eye health experts from across Asia and the Pacific gathered in Hanoi for a 5-day short course to workshop ways to strengthen health systems, improve eye health and work towards Universal Health Coverage.   Held at Hanoi School of Public Health, the course…

IAPB and members support UHC advocacy letter to IAEG

Communications Manager
Organisation: IAPB

Over 100 health and development organisations, including several IAPB members, sign advocacy letter to body working on SDGs monitoring framework Universal health coverage (UHC) is a target under the health goal for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to be finalised in September 2015. The UHC target is a key one for eye health – there…

10GA: Change of dates

Communications Manager
Organisation: IAPB

IAPB’s 10th General Assembly, eye health’s premier global event, will now be from 27 to 30 October 2016.   After careful consideration, the IAPB Programme and Organising Committees have decided to move the event from 18-20 September to 27-30 October 2016. While a lot of care is taken in choosing dates that do not clash…

2 million!

Communications Manager
Organisation: IAPB

The IAPB website is poised to mark an internal milestone – 2 million views since launch. What is even more encouraging for us is the fact that we managed to halve the time it took us to reach the second million – the first million took us 16 months, while the second took just 8.…

IAPB Regional Workshop: Europe

VISION 2020 Workshop Programme Manager
Organisation: ICEH

Vienna, a city packed with imperial history, was the site for the IAPB regional workshop on the Global Action Plan: ‘Towards Universal Eye Health in Europe’, held with the support of our WHO partners. This workshop brought together the Heads of National Societies of Ophthalmology from across Europe to discuss the Global Action Plan, look…

New Report Adopts CSC as Health Indicator

Chief Executive of IAPB
Organisation: IAPB

I am delighted to note – as I am sure you are – that a new report jointly authored by the WHO and the World Bank includes Cataract Surgical Coverage (CSC) as a ‘promising’ indicator for monitoring Universal Health Coverage (UHC). Firstly, it’s a fantastic report; strong research, keen arguments and accessible to a wide(r)…