2019 in Review: CEO Update

Chief Executive Officer
Organisation: The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness
2019 has been an incredibly active year for IAPB and the global eye care sector. Some of our highlights include: The first ever mention of eye health at the UN in the declaration on Universal Health Coverage adopted by the UN General Assembly in September, thanks to the unstinting efforts of the UN Friends of…

2019 in Review: A Year in Photos

Communications Coordinator
Organisation: IAPB
JANUARY Growing Membership A long standing IAPB Group C member, OneSight, opted to become a Group B member. We also started 2019 by welcoming three new Group C members: Clearly, Global Vision 2020 and Hawaiian Eye Foundation. FEBRUARY Singapore announced as the venue for Global Assembly IAPB will be hosting its Global Assembly in Singapore with SERI from October 12-14, 2020.…

IAPB Council of Members 2019 Round-up

Communications Manager
Organisation: IAPB

The Council this year in Dar es Salaam brought together many strands of IAPB’s work. In the run-up to next year’s Global Assembly 2020, the Council showcased and discussed key themes that will light up our programme next year. Sessions covered a range of topics, including gender equity, climate-action, programme delivery, fundraising and Advocacy for…

2019 in Review: Seeing is Believing

Seeing is Believing Programme Manager
Organisation: IAPB
2019 has been the penultimate year for Seeing is Believing (SiB).  The Seeing is Believing teams at both IAPB and at Standard Chartered are now focusing on preparing for a "neat and tidy" close-out of the whole programme with all our implementing partners by the end of 2020.  To date, 24 of 60 Type 1…

2019 in Review: Global Advocacy

Head of Policy and Advocacy
Organisation: IAPB
It has been a busy year for the IAPB advocacy team. There have been a number of exciting developments and a few important firsts for eye health. Here are our top three highlights from the year. Launch of the World Report on Vision and working towards a World Health Assembly Resolution The long anticipated World…

2019 in Review: IAPB Standard List

Procurement & Standard List Manager
Organisation: IAPB
The IAPB Standard List has a long- and well-established heritage of over 30 years from its inception as a booklet publication to a highly respected on-line resource with over 25,000 unique visitors annually. IAPB being a peak body global alliance with a growing membership of over 150 members representing 400,000 health workers globally is ideally…

2019 in Review: Highlights from IAPB South-East Asia

IAPB South East Asia Regional Coordinator
Organisation: IAPB
The year 2019 was crucial for our sector. It is the year before the end of the global campaign of IAPB and WHO Vision 2020 The Right to Sight. It is also the last year of WHO Global Action Plan 2014 – 2019. The Vision 2020 era is ending but our aspirations and global challenges…

2019 in Review: Highlights from IAPB Western Pacific

Regional Program Manager, Western Pacific
Organisation: International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness
Looking back over 2019, it’s impossible not to also look ahead to 2020. The pivotal year that many of us have been working towards throughout our career in the eye health sector, is almost upon us. It’s only fitting that our members and stakeholders are keeping one eye on the future and that they expect…

2019 in Review: Highlights from IAPB Africa

Regional Programme Coordinator
Organisation: International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB)
2019 has been a jam-packed year. We’ve had key launches (more on them below) of which the most notable for global eye health is the World Report on Vision. IAPB also returned to the African continent after the 10GA in Durban (in 2016) to Dar es Salaam for its Council. This was a very fruitful…

2019 in Review: Transition to 2020

President, International Eye Foundation and Vice-President, IAPB
Organisation: International Eye Foundation
When I haven’t travelled for about 3 months, I miss stepping over that little space between the jetway and the plane and soaring to my next challenge.  Leaving 2019 and embarking on 2020 feels like that to me.  Two decades have flown by since our meetings at WHO in 1999 to launch VISION2020/The Right to…

2019 in Review: At a crossroads

Organisation: International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB)
The IAPB alliance is at a crossroads. Many major initiatives of the past are winding down, and we are putting together the framework for a bold and ambitious new future. During our Council of Members meetings this year in Dar es Salaam, I shook hands with representatives from two big, remarkable initiatives to tackle avoidable…