Vision for Nation screens 2 million in Rwanda

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

Vision for a Nation (VFAN) has reached a significant milestone this month with the delivery of the 2 millionth eye screening in Rwanda. Since 2012, they have trained 2,700 Rwandan Ministry of Health nurses to provide eye care services at the country’s 502 local health centres. VFAN has integrated the services within Rwanda’s national health…

SiB Webinars – Sustainability

Project Officer, Seeing is Believing
Organisation: IAPB

At Seeing is Believing (SiB), we are always keen to find innovative ways to share learning from SiB projects and build networks between partners. Based on the success of our webinars held in 2016, we decided to continue this exciting learning opportunity. In April 2017 we held webinars on the theme of sustainability.  The aims of…

Focus On: Operation Eyesight Universal

Global Director, Programmes
Organisation: OEU

For Africa Day, Kashinath Bhoosnurmath, Global Director, Programmes, Operation Eyesight Universal writes about their strategy to provide long-term solutions to eye health problems in the communities they work in. Our Hospital-Based Community Eye Health Programme (HBCEHP) model is a blend of community eye care, primary health care and community development. After piloting this flagship model…

Africa Day : Improving Primary Eye Care in Rwanda

Rwanda Country Director
Organisation: Vision for a Nation Foundation

For Africa Day, Abdallah Uwihoreye, Rwanda Country Director, Vision for a Nation Foundation talks about the difference their work has made in Rwanda. I started to struggle with my sight when I was just 12 years old. Basic everyday tasks and schoolwork suddenly became difficult. Fortunately, I grew up in a family with the means…

Africa Day: Supporting Advocacy Efforts through Research in Africa

Global Executive Director
Organisation: Vision Impact Institute

For Africa Day, Kristan Gross, Global Executive Director, Vision Impact Institute writes about eye health in Africa and the impact of Uncorrected Refractive Errors in children. As a child, I was fortunate to have family friends who served as missionaries in numerous locations around the world. Perhaps this early introduction to a global mindset laid the…

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…

Ophthalmic Nursing: Importance and Challenges

Ophthalmic nurse at the Tarkwa Municipal hospital, Ghana
Organisation: LSHTM

On International Nurses Day, Rebecca Antwi an ophthalmic nurse in Ghana writes about the importance of the work they do and its challenges. Image credit: Eye Unit Bawku Hospital, Community Eye Health Journal ‘An Ophthalmic nurse is a nursing professional that focuses on assessing and treating patients with a variety of eye diseases and injuries’.  With…

#StrongerTogether Photo Story: Mothers and Children of Cataract

Communications Coordinator
Organisation: IAPB

The StrongerTogether photo competition we ran in partnership with Bayer attracted a lot of quality submissions from around the world; each with a story to tell. We will be sharing some of these stories on our blog over the coming weeks. The second in the series focuses on four children living with cataract in Tanzania.…

10GA Videos: Symposia

Communications Manager
Organisation: IAPB

The IAPB 10th General Assembly was a great opportunity to come together, share knowledge and strengthen alliances. You can now access the three Symposia videos, below:  Symposium 1: Better health for Africa: the critical shortage of health workers Symposium 1: Better health for Africa: the critical shortage of health workers from IAPB on Vimeo.  …

Priorities for glaucoma care in Sub-Saharan Africa

IAPB West Africa Chair
Organisation: IAPB

Applanation tonometry: accurate measurement of intraocular pressure is important in the diagnosis and treatment of glaucoma/ Photo credits: Gabriel Entekume Glaucoma affects at least one in every 25 people aged 40 years and above in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). It occurs as a result of the intraocular pressure (eye pressure [IOP]) being too high for the…

CBM trial aims to improve glaucoma treatment in Africa

Programme Manager – East Africa and Asia
Organisation: CBM UK

In our second blog for World Glaucoma Week, Laura Gore, Programme Manager – East Africa and Asia, CBM UK writes about the trial CBM is doing to improve glaucoma treatment in Africa.   Post-graduate ophthalmology student examines a glaucoma patient at KCMC hospital, under supervision of Dr Heiko Philippin. © CBM/argum/Einberger   Over the years…

My challenges managing glaucoma in sub Saharan Africa

Ophthalmologist
Organisation: ICEH and Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital, Bauchi Nigeria

In our first blog for World Glaucoma Week, Mohammed Abdull, an ophthalmologist writes about the challenges he faces managing and treating patients in Africa. Testing visual acuity As an ophthalmologist working in Africa I face specific challenges that my western colleagues may not. Glaucoma is a big problem in Africa: the prevalence of glaucoma in people…

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,…

International Women’s Day

Communications Coordinator
Organisation: IAPB

Children of Cataract/ Photo courtesy: Julia Gunther for the #StrongerTogether photo competition March 8th is International Women’s Day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. This day is also used to emphasise the need for gender equality. So, we shine light on the health inequities women face through a series of blogposts…

Gender barriers in Africa

CEO Orbis Africa
Organisation: CEO Orbis Africa

On the occasion of International Women’s Day, Lene Øverland, CEO of Orbis Africa writes on the barriers that African women face accessing eye care and what difference it can make to their lives. For decades, Susana Saliyembe has had one of the most important jobs on planet Earth: raising her children and grandchildren. Increasingly, scientists…

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…

Thank You, Champalimaud Foundation!

Senior Director, Innovation and Sight Programs
Organisation: Seva Foundation

Last month, three IAPB member organizations were honored to receive the Antonio Champalimaud Vision Award: Kilimanjaro Centre for Community Ophthalmology, Seva Foundation, and Seva Canada. We are grateful for this recognition of our partnership over the years and our work to strengthen sustainability of eye care services in sub-Saharan Africa. Beyond this, we commend the…

Ebola and Eye care

Procurement Coalition Manager
Organisation: IAPB

Coincidentally, the New York Times has published a story on Uveitis and Ebola, “After nearly claiming his life, Ebola lurked in a doctor’s eyes“ During a recent visit to Johannesburg, I attended the IAPB Africa Annual Conference, and had the opportunity to meet Dr Irmela Erdmann, Ophthalmologist and CBM West Africa Medical Advisor. Dr Erdmann…