#EyeCareForAll Photo Competition launched

Communications Manager
Organisation: IAPB

IAPB, with support from Bayer, is launching an online photo competition with the theme “Eye Care for All” on June 1 ending on World Sight Day (8 October 2015). Prizes include a trip to an eye care project and a DSLR camera! Find out more at http://photocomp.iapb.org (Do use the hashtag #EyeCareForAll) Immediate release: The…

Small Grants for Africa-based Research

Communications Manager
Organisation: IAPB

The African Regional Office of the World Health Organization (WHO/AFRO) and the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR) are pleased to announce the 2015 call for applications of the Joint AFRO/TDR Small Grants Scheme (SGS) for implementation research in infectious diseases of poverty.

Global activity to end avoidable blindness – Are we having an impact?

Organisation: The Fred Hollows Foundation

IAPB Joins the Fred Hollows Foundation in soliciting responses for the ideas listed in this blog post – especially around creating a Working Group for IAPB members. If you are interested, or have anything to share, please write to communications@iapb.org In December 2013, The Fred Hollows Foundation launched its 2014-2018 Strategic Plan; which outlines what…

BCPB Grants 2015

Communications Manager
Organisation: IAPB

The British Council for Prevention of Blindness grant programme is offering grants 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 – up to £63,333 per year over 2 or 3 years.  Research grants – up to…

Focus on Eye Health: National Summit

Communications Manager
Organisation: IAPB

Prevent Blindness will host the fourth annual Focus on Eye Health National Summit on June 17, 2015 at the National Press Club. The Summit will include a variety of presentations related to this year’s theme, “Game Changers in Vision,” featuring efforts and advances that are expected to significantly change how we think about and deliver…

IAPB Board meetings in Dubai

Director of Development and Communications
Organisation: IAPB

The recent Board meetings were organised in Dubai with unstinting support from HRH Prince Abdulaziz Al Saud, Dr Alamuddin and the very professional IAPB EMR team. IAPB is sincerely grateful for their generosity. The first Board meetings of 2015 concluded last month mark some crucial milestones for IAPB. They are the first set of meetings…

Ebola and Eye care

Procurement & Standard List Manager
Organisation: IAPB

Coincidentally, the New York Times has published a story on Uveitis and Ebola, “After nearly claiming his life, Ebola lurked in a doctor’s eyes“ During a recent visit to Johannesburg, I attended the IAPB Africa Annual Conference, and had the opportunity to meet Dr Irmela Erdmann, Ophthalmologist and CBM West Africa Medical Advisor. Dr Erdmann…

New SiB pages on the IAPB website!

Project Officer, Seeing is Believing
Organisation: IAPB

Seeing is Believing (SiB) is Standard Chartered’s flagship community investment programme which provides funding to address avoidable blindness and promote quality eye health.  Through Seeing is Believing, Standard Chartered Bank has partnered with the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) and leading international and national eye-care non-governmental organisations to improve access to eye…

Pixels in Fundus Cameras: How many do you need?

Chief Scientist
Organisation: Brien Holden Vision Diagnostics

Standard digital fundus cameras form images of the fundus on an image sensor that consists of an array of sensing elements called pixels.  The greater the number of pixels per millimeter of the fundus, the greater the possible resolution of the image, up to a limit which is discussed below. For example, the greater the…

Romania’s first ROP Workshop

VISION 2020 Workshop Programme Manager
Organisation: ICEH

I am just back from Bucharest where IAPB supported the first national Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP) symposium. This is part of the IAPB ROP programme for Russia and Eastern Europe which is funded by Eye Samaritans International, our newest IAPB member. IAPB had been asked by the host, Dr Cristina Nitulescu to support her to…

SDGs: what’s in it for eye health?

Chief Executive of IAPB
Organisation: IAPB

This is a crucial year for the future of development as efforts to design a new global framework to replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) culminates as the UN readies to adopt a new set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at a high-level plenary meeting in New York on 25-27 September 2015. Here Peter Ackland,…

RAAB Repository: a new resource for eye health research and planning

Freelance Consultant Community Eye Health
Organisation: RAAB Repository

Rapid Assessment of Avoidable Blindness (RAAB) has established itself as a standard population-based survey methodology for blindness and visual impairment. It is intended to collect baseline data for planning new interventions or to measure progress over time of ongoing programmes. RAAB data are used to estimate global and regional prevalence of blindness and visual impairment,…

Tackling human resources for eye health challenges

IAPB Advocacy Manager
Organisation: IAPB

One of the most striking aspects I’ve witnessed on my visits to projects with IAPB is how committed the eye health personnel are, in spite of often having to work in extremely difficult and overstretched conditions. Whether in Africa, Asia, or elsewhere, it is evident how crucial all members of the team are to the…