The Commonwealth’s policy brief on the control of avoidable blindness and vision loss

IAPB West Africa Chair
Organisation: IAPB

Dr Fatima Kyari has a PhD in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, with a research focus on glaucoma services and control of glaucoma blindness. “I had no option but to resort to begging on the streets when I became blind. Now with my eyesight restored, I have gone back…

The road-map towards the Global Action Plan – An update from IAPB South-East Asia

IAPB South East Asia Regional Coordinator
Organisation: IAPB

In recent years, IAPB South East Asia (SEA) advocacy has expanded to all countries in the region. The most recent wins being the first-ever RAAB survey in Maldives and follow-up RAAB in Timor-Leste with financial support from Lions Club International Foundation (LCIF). The collaboration with WHO-SEARO, and WHO country offices of respective countries have been another success for the implementation of…

IAPB Africa: An Update and an Annual Review

Human Resources for Eye Health Programme Director
Organisation: IAPB

The beginning of May was a busy time for us at the Africa office, with the joint Health Community of East, Central and Southern Africa (ECSA-HC), College of Ophthalmology of Eastern Central and Southern Africa (COECSA), IAPB stakeholders’ workshop being held in Nairobi on May 9. This was followed by our own Annual Review and…

National Eye Health Planning underway in Moldova

VISION 2020 Workshop Programme Manager
Organisation: ICEH

(From left to right) Tatiana Ghidirimschi, Director LOW VISION Centre, Stela Grigoraş, Minister, the Ministry of Labor, Social Protection and Family, Gheorghe Bregam Deputy Prime-Minister, Hans Bjorn Bakketeig, president “Hjelp Moldova” Norway, Corina Fusu, Minister, the Ministry of Education and Ruxanda Glavan, Minister, the Ministry of Health. It is always a pleasure to hear from…

Advocating integrated workforce planning in Africa

Human Resources for Eye Health Programme Director
Organisation: IAPB

Photo courtesy: Terry Cooper Last month saw the third Advocacy Capacity Building Workshop for Human Resources for eye health (HReH) in Africa in Lome, Togo, bringing to a close the first tranche of capacity building. Fourteen countries have now benefitted from this process, comfortably exceeding our initial target of ten set back in 2014. This,…

Better data, better planning

Fundraising and Partnerships Manager
Organisation: IAPB

At IAPB we are very keen to promote prevalence surveys on eye health, most often the Rapid Assessment of Avoidable Blindness (RAAB) method, as an important advocacy tool to inform health policy makers and planners. As governments face ever increasing demands on health budgets, the case for eye health services needs to be heard. Local…

Committing to Universal Eye Health

IAPB
Organisation: IAPB

The “Commitment to promote Universal Eye Health and eliminate blinding NTDs” was launched at the Celebration ceremony of the  IAPB 10th General Assembly. The General Assembly comes at a critical time in the implementation of the Global Action Plan on Universal Eye Health 2014-2019, which was adopted unanimously in the 66th World Health Assembly in…

Sustainable Development Goals: the way ahead

IAPB
Organisation: IAPB

  On 25 September the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development [French, Spanish, Arabic, Russian, Chinese] was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly. The Agenda 2030 includes the following sections: (1) Preamble, (2) Declaration, (3) Sustainable Development Goals and targets, (4) Means of Implementation and the Global Partnership, and (5) Follow Up and Review. The…

Latin America Regional Meet in Panama

Regional Program Manager – Latin America
Organisation: IAPB

The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) convened their annual meeting of eye care managers from Ministries of Health from across Latin America and the Caribbean on 12th and 13th May in Panama City.  This was an important gathering; it was the first meeting following the adoption of the Regional Action Plan for 2014-2019.  Juan Carlos…

IAPB Board meetings in Dubai

Director of Development
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…

Advocating to help Vietnam have better access to eye health

IAPB Advocacy Manager
Organisation: IAPB

In late June I visited Vietnam to work together with Damian Facciolo, (Regional Program Manager, IAPB Western Pacific) to deliver an advocacy workshop in Hanoi, with support from Australian Aid. During the workshop we discussed key problems and objectives. We worked to help NGOs on Vietnam’s Eye Care Partners Working Group to come up with…

Regional Action Plan: PAHO

Fundraising and Partnerships Manager
Organisation: IAPB

It’s often difficult to point to tangible and direct outcomes from advocacy actions – but the results from the Latin American Regional workshop hosted by PAHO in April 2013 certainly delivered on eye health.  Supported by IAPB Latin America and Orbis, the three day workshop of Ministry of Health officials, V2020 LA, Orbis, CBM and other…

IAPB Advocacy Training Workshop, Accra, Ghana

Regional Programme Coordinator
Organisation: International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB)

In the pursuit of its primary change objective “Every country with a ‘Human Resources for Health’ (HRH) strategy has a ‘Human Resources for Eye Health’ (HReH) strategy integrated within it” IAPB Africa held an Advocacy Training Workshop in Accra, Ghana, to train candidates from five pilot countries as advocacy advisors. The goal of the workshop…