China: World Report on Vision Launch

Regional Program Manager, Western Pacific
Organisation: International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness

This afternoon in Beijing, the National Prevention of Blindness Committee of the National Health Commission hosted the 2020 National Eye Health Meeting, incorporating the China Launch of the WHO World Report on Vision. As has become the norm in 2020, today’s event was held virtually, but nevertheless with a wide audience; as well as all…

Clearly to merge into IAPB

The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) is an alliance of civil society organisations, private sector, and professional bodies promoting eye health through advocacy, knowledge and partnerships.
Organisation: IAPB

On 4 January 2021, we are delighted to announce that Clearly, the charity founded in 2016 by James Chen to raise the profile of vision among world leaders, will merge into the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB). In a sign of the growing strength of the sector and progress that has been made on the…

Virtual Launches of the World Report on Vision

Policy & Advocacy Officer
Organisation: IAPB

Following the launch of the World Report on Vision in October 2019, IAPB had committed to work with the World Health Organization (WHO) to coordinate over 50 World Report on Vision country launches. Since the launch of the World Report on Vision, IAPB have convened eight successful launches. These launches have been critical to the…

Rethinking global health means including eye-health

The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) is an alliance of civil society organisations, private sector, and professional bodies promoting eye health through advocacy, knowledge and partnerships.
Organisation: IAPB

Countries have agreed today to adopt a new resolution on vision in an effort to reach the 1 billion people worldwide who do not have access to vital eye care services. More than 1 billion people are living with blindness or a vision impairment because they do not have access to basic services as simple…

World Report on Vision Launch in Canada

The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) is an alliance of civil society organisations, private sector, and professional bodies promoting eye health through advocacy, knowledge and partnerships.
Organisation: IAPB

The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) and the Canadian Ophthalmology Society (COS) held the Canadian launch of the World Report on Vision (WRV) to discuss equitable access to eye health care as part of the Canadian Ophthalmology Society 2020 Annual Meeting on Friday, June 26. The event was also co-sponsored by Canadian…

2020… Still a Crucial Year for Vision

Head of Policy and Advocacy
Organisation: IAPB

2020 is an important year for the vision sector – the culmination of a two-decade long initiative: VISION 2020: The Right to Sight. Despite the many challenges facing the world, there is a lot to celebrate. The World Health Organization (WHO) launched its first World Report on Vision last year – calling for coordinated and…

IAPB Members: Join us at next week’s High Level Political Forum

Head of Policy and Advocacy
Organisation: IAPB

Next week is the High Level Political Forum (HLPF) and eye health has been included on the official agenda. The HLPF is the main United Nations platform on sustainable development and it has a central role in the follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the…

Advocacy Update: WHA Roundup

Head of Policy and Advocacy
Organisation: IAPB

Last week we saw the first virtual World Health Assembly. This enabled many more of us to participate and watch the speeches and Member State statements live. If you missed it you can still access the recorded sessions on the WHO website. There was a strong call for global cooperation and many Member States expressed…

Package of Eye Care Interventions

Head of Policy and Advocacy
Organisation: IAPB

Work is now fully underway for the development of the Package of Eye Care Interventions (PECI). The PECI is the critical next step in the implementation process of the World Report on Vision and to ensuring that eye care becomes an integral part of Universal Health Coverage.    The PECI project is being led by the WHO Vision Programme in collaboration with Cochrane Eyes and Vision. IAPB is…

Advocacy: Opening the Eyes of the World

Clinical Professor
Organisation: Indiana University School of Optometry

On World Optometry Day, Dr Don Lyon demonstrates the impact of strategic, well planned advocacy in eye health… The World Health Organization recently published the World Report on Vision. A sweeping document detailing the state of vision care on a global scale. The report indicates that globally there needs to be better accessibility and affordability…

Advocacy Update: COVID-19 and WRV Launches

Head of Policy and Advocacy
Organisation: IAPB

Over the last few months, we have been working with a number of our members to raise the global profile of eye health and advocate for change at the country level. This has yielded some early successes; a draft eye health resolution (to be approved at this year’s World Health Assembly) and six country launches…

All Eyes on the Commonwealth

IAPB Advocacy Manager
Organisation: IAPB

At St. James’s Palace in London on the 26th February a special event took place, hosted by Vision for the Commonwealth. Clearly, one of the member organisations, led on the organisation of the event. Targeting 54 High Commissioners, the event aimed to build on momentum following on from the ground-breaking commitment made by the Commonwealth…

Making the World Report on Vision a reality….

Head of Policy and Advocacy
Organisation: IAPB

Package of Eye Care Interventions The key recommendation of the World report on vision was to implement integrated people-centred eye care as part of universal health coverage (UHC). This means including eye care in national health plans and essential packages of care. To assist with this process, the World Health Organization (WHO) is developing the…

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…

Council of Members Experience

Policy & Advocacy Officer
Organisation: IAPB

Since starting my career at IAPB, I have felt incredibly blessed and welcomed into the eye health community. Despite, having some background in this sector following an internship at the World Health Organization, my knowledge was very limited. Everyone I spoke to taught me something new and I am getting a clearer picture of public…

Revolutionizing Access to Glasses within Assistive Technology — session at the Council

IAPB Advocacy Manager
Organisation: IAPB

Set against a backdrop of coalescing opportunities to change the lives of the billion plus people affected by uncorrected vision, I hosted a session focused on driving access and affordability of glasses at IAPB’s Council of Members. With new sets of actors within the eye health landscape, the publication of the WHO’s World Report on…

What exactly is the World Report on Vision?!

The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) is an alliance of civil society organisations, private sector, and professional bodies promoting eye health through advocacy, knowledge and partnerships.
Organisation: IAPB

 The World Health Organization (WHO) launched a new report on World Sight Day this year: the World Report on Vision. The World Report on Vision provides the best available evidence on the global magnitude of eye conditions and vision impairment, takes stock of progress made and the remaining challenges facing the eye care sector,…