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VisionSpring & IAPB Elevate Collective Effort to End Avoidable Sight Loss

VisionSpring, a global social enterprise accelerating the use of eyeglasses in emerging and frontier markets, has increased their commitment to the IAPB by upgrading their membership of the global alliance to a Band A Member.
Published: 10.01.2024
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VisionSpring, a global social enterprise accelerating the use of eyeglasses in emerging and frontier markets, has increased their commitment to the IAPB by upgrading their membership of the global alliance to a Band A Member. This significant collaboration marks a milestone in the collective effort to end avoidable sight loss and improve access to glasses worldwide.

This significant collaboration marks a milestone in the collective effort to end avoidable sight loss and improve access to glasses worldwide. With a shared vision of creating systemic change and improving the lives of over a billion people, VisionSpring aligns seamlessly with IAPB. This year VisionSpring has reaffirmed their commitment to the IAPB by upgrading their membership of the global alliance to a Band A Member.

IAPB also welcomes Ella Gudwin, CEO of VisionSpring, to the IAPB Board. Ella Gudwin is a distinguished veteran of international development, eye health, and the non-profit sector, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. With more than two decades of experience as a social entrepreneur and global health strategist, she has spearheaded initiatives that have corrected the vision of more than 10 million low-income adults and children.

Peter Holland, IAPB CEO, reflected on the strong history between the IAPB and VisionSpring, stating, “We have a rich history of collaboration. Our relationship has enjoyed many high points, including working together on the UN Resolution and bringing eye care to the halls of the United Nation on World Sight Days. This moment underscores our shared commitment to advancing eye health on a global stage. As we embark on this next chapter, I thank VisionSpring for their commitment. I truly believe our collective impact resonates, paving the way for greater things to come.”

“Ella’s addition to the board is a testament to the strong partnership IAPB and VisionSpring have forged over the years. Her expertise and leadership will undoubtedly amplify IAPB’s efforts to make eye care available, accessible and affordable to all. On behalf of IAPB, I welcome Ella to the Board,” said Babar Qureshi, IAPB Board Chair.

Ella Gudwin commented, “Today marks a significant milestone in our shared pursuit of eye care for all. VisionSpring’s commitment to providing eyeglasses as a catalyst for lifelong earning, learning, safety, and well-being finds a formidable ally in IAPB. I am excited to contribute to the leadership of IAPB and look forward to a future where eye care is a universal right.”

Learn more about IAPB Membership and how to become a member today.

Photo Credits

World Sight Day 2023 Photo Competition Winners photo 1: Santanu Bose and photo 2: Marisa Martins Armada