LFTW performs 50,000 Cataract Surgeries

Communications Manager
Organisation: IAPB

2014 was a big year for the “Light For the World” international NGO confederation, and topping it is the news that they have performed 50,000 cataract surgeries in 2014.  “Our goal was to do 50,000 cataract operations in all of our focus countries, for example in Ethiopia, Mozambique, Burkina Faso, but also in northeast India and…

Lions/PAAO Award in Blindness Prevention to Recognize Excellence

Communications Manager
Organisation: IAPB

Nominations are now being accepted for the Lions/PAAO Award in Blindness Prevention, which will be awarded at the XXXI Pan-American Congress in Ophthalmology, to be hosted in Bogota, Colombia in August 2015.    The award will be granted to a Colombian ophthalmologist who has demonstrated a strong commitment to providing and developing eye care services…

DR Barometer Project – Survey

Communications Manager
Organisation: IAPB

The International Federation on Ageing (IFA), the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and IAPB, working in collaboration with the New York Academy of Medicine (NYAM) are trying to gather evidence on knowledge, policies, standards of care, and supportive services for Diabetic Retinopathy and Diabetic Macular Edema across 42 countries. Phase I used numerous interviews to better understand…

Research grant by Prevent Blindness

2015 Joanne Angle Investigator Award – a research grant by Prevent Blindness Deadline: March 6, 2015 at 12pm Eastern The 2015 Joanne Angle Investigator Award provides funding for research investigating public health related to eye health and safety. Applications will be accepted in the following priority areas in adult vision, children’s vision, or eye injury:…

Jobs: Communications Officers

Communications Manager
Organisation: IAPB

IAPB is looking to hire two Communications Officers – Design and UI – with excellent Communications skills in Hyderabad, India. We will be setting up a new office in Hyderabad and the Officers will work with the Communications Manager to deliver IAPB’s Communications strategy. We will be working on new web properties (websites, microsites, social)…

Jobs: Latin America Advisor

Communications Manager
Organisation: IAPB

IAPB Latin America is looking to contract an ophthalmologist with a public health background for about 50 days (negotiable) a year. The overall purpose of this consultancy is to provide leadership and strategic direction to IAPB’s work in the Latin America region and to ensure that the objectives of the Regional Action Plan for the…

IAPB supports Universal Health Coverage day

Communications Manager
Organisation: IAPB

All people everywhere should be able to access health services including eye health services, whatever their social or economic background, their gender, age, or health status. Yet the reality is high proportions of people globally cannot afford to access even basic services, or are excluded in other ways, such as persons with vision impairment may…

A new era for optometry in Vietnam

Communications Manager
Organisation: IAPB

There are an estimated 21 million people in Vietnam with uncorrected refractive error, three million of those, children. October 2014 heralded a historic moment in the growth of Vietnam’s education and eye health sectors with the official opening of Vietnam’s first optometry program at the Pham Ngoc Thach University of Medicine in Ho Chi Minh…

First ‘National Eye Health Survey’ gets funding in Australia

Communications Manager
Organisation: IAPB

Australia is one step closer to eliminating blindness and vision impairment following a Federal Government funding announcement for a major survey that will map the prevalence of eye conditions nationally. In what is a first for Australia, a National Eye Health Survey has been given a $1.126 million funding injection by the Minister for Health…

2015 António Champalimaud Vision Award

Communications Manager
Organisation: IAPB

The Champalimaud Foundation is inviting nominations and applications for the €1 million 2015 António Champalimaud Vision Award. The annual António Champalimaud Vision Award will be presented in 2015 to groups with outstanding contributions towards the prevention and alleviation of blindness and visual impairment, primarily in developing countries.  The award is directed to groups actively involved…

VISION 2020 Workshop 2014-19: Eastern Mediterranean Region

Communications Manager
Organisation: IAPB

The WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean, in collaboration with the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness – Eastern Mediterranean Region (IAPB-EMR), IMPACT-EMR and Prevention of Blindness Union (PBU) organized a regional workshop on WHO Global Action Plan 2014-2019 ‘Towards Universal Eye Health’ and Child Eye Health, from 18 to 20 March 2014…

ICO issues updated Diabetic Retinopathy Guidelines

Communications Manager
Organisation: IAPB

The International Council of Ophthalmology (ICO) has published updated ICO Guidelines for Diabetic Eye Care. The Guidelines provide recommendations for screening and evaluating people with diabetes for potentially blinding eye problems, and treating those with diabetic retinopathy and other ocular complications of diabetes. “The original ICO Guidelines, released in December 2013, were a technical consensus…

Time to end the eye health ‘neglect’ in Europe

Communications Manager
Organisation: IAPB

Luxemburg, 1st April 2014 – The European Coalition for Vision (ECV) (1) met today with the European Union (EU)’s Directorate General for Health and Consumers (DG SANCO) and EUROSTAT, the statistical office of the EU, to reiterate its call to European decision-makers to include eye health and vision in the European political agenda. Earlier this…

The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust joins IAPB

Communications Manager
Organisation: IAPB

he International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) is delighted to welcome The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust (the Trust) as its newest member. Four out of five visually impaired people are avoidably so. The Trust, established in 2012, is poised to play a major role in the elimination of avoidable blindness and visual…

2013 Outstanding Humanitarian Service Award

Communications Manager
Organisation: IAPB

Gullapalli N. Rao, MD, was nominated by The Cornea Society to receive the 2013 Outstanding Humanitarian Service Award at the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s (AAO) annual meeting.   Dr. Rao completed his ophthalmology residency at the prestigious All India Institute of Medical Sciences, followed by a cornea fellowship at Tufts University. He then moved to…