Noor Dubai Foundation signs MOU to launch comprehensive eye care programme in Nigeria

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

Noor Dubai Foundation, a UAE-based non-governmental charity organisation and part of the Mohamed bin Rashid Global Initiatives, has signed an agreement with the Katsina State Government of Nigeria for a comprehensive eye care programme to provide sustainable preventive and curative eye care services for the Nigerian state of Katsina. This 4-year (2019 to 2022) sustainable…

OneSight and The Gambia Sign MoU guaranteeing vision care access to all Gambians

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

Press Release Cincinnati, OH – June 28, 2019 – OneSight, the leading vision care nonprofit organization, and The Gambia government signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)  transitioning oversight of the country’s sustainable vision care infrastructure and marking a major milestone in resolving the global vision care access gap. K-T Overbey, President and Executive Director of…

7th Congress of the Ophthalmological Society of Eastern Central and Southern Africa

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

The 7th Congress of the Ophthalmological Society of Eastern Central and Southern Africa (COECSA 2019) will be held from Wednesday 21st to Friday 23rd August 2019 in Kigali, Rwanda. This meeting will be held at the Kigali Convention Centre (KCC).

Brien Holden Vision Institute Tanzania Highlights

Brien Holden Vision Institute has made substantial effort to address the challenges of eye health in Tanzania and has spent the last decade supporting the Ministry of Health to improve access to quality refractive errors services in the public sector hospitals. Over the years it has set up 14 Vision Centres across the country, 12…

Partnership between the Islamic Development Bank and a Light for the World – led consortium aims to put an end to avoidable blindness in 13 African countries

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

The Islamic Development Bank and a Light for the World – led consortium is aiming to put an end to avoidable blindness in 13 African countries. In 2008, the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) launched the Alliance to Fight Avoidable Blindness (AFAB). The first generation of AFAB (2008-2015) focused mainly on treating cataracts. Six million dollars…

Orbis secures USD $2 Million funding from the David and Molly Pyott Foundation to strengthen eye health in Zambia

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

The David and Molly Pyott Foundation will invest USD $ 2 million over a period of 3 years (2019- 2021) to further support Orbis’s work in Zambia to strengthen eye health capacity and care in Lusaka. Orbis has been partnering with the Ministry of Health in Zambia for the past 9 years, implementing programmes in…

ECSA-HC Expert Committee on Eye Health

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

The East, Central and Southern African Health Community (ECSA-HC) is an inter-governmental health organization that fosters and promotes regional cooperation in health among member states. Member states of the ECSA HC are Eswatini, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The ECSA-HC, with support of College of Ophthalmologists of East Central and Southern…

Combat Blindness International and partners eradicate Cataract Backlog in Botswana

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

Press Release: Madison, WI, USA: Combat Blindness International (CBI), in partnership with Cambridge Global Health Partners (London, UK), Dr. Shroff’s Charity Eye Hospital (Delhi, India), PEEK (London, UK) and the Botswana Ministry of Health and Wellness, has helped eliminate the backlog of cataract blindness in Botswana. Cataract is a clouding of the lens of the…

Fred Hollows Foundation welcomes successful first year of innovative project

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

An innovative cataract project funded through a development impact bond has celebrated a monumental first year, screening more than 50,000 patients and completing more than 2,300 cataract surgeries in Cameroon. The Cameroon Cataract Bond was launched last year as a new way of funding health care by bringing together public and private investors, health donors,…

Bringing eye care to hard-to-reach people

Former Project Director CATCH programme
Organisation: Sightsavers

Since 2015 the UK aid funded CATCH programme (Coordinated Approach to Community Healthy eyes) has transformed access to eye health services across remote areas in Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Uganda and Zambia. Initially CATCH “piggybacked” trachoma programmes, using trachoma surgery camps to identify people with other eye conditions and provide treatment. The most common condition found…

Strengthening Ophthalmic Nurse Training in Botswana to promote UHC

Head of Ophthalmic Nursing Programme, Botswana

There is a global shortage of health care workforce, and this is especially acute in Africa. According to the WHO, nurses and midwives represent more than 50% of the current shortage in health workers. The shortage is also massive in the eye care sector, with a huge demand for ophthalmic nurses across the continent. A…

Working towards Health for All

Chief Business Development Officer
Organisation: Eye Foundation Hospital

Today, the Eye Foundation Hospital Group (EFHG) celebrates the hard work and contributions of nurses in healthcare for all. We recognize the contributions of our nursing professionals and their key role in our healthcare delivery system. To mark this special day, two of our nursing staff share their experiences. A richly rewarding experience – Mrs…

An Ophthalmic Nurse in Ifakara Town

Project Coordinator Tanzania
Organisation: Eye Care Foundation

Masumbuko Yohana Chaula (38) is an assistant ophthalmic nurse in Ifakara, Tanzania. Since an early age, she dreamt of becoming a nurse as she liked the idea of treating patients and looking after them. She was also impressed by the white coats nurses wear. Today, she is the nurse that she always wanted to become.…

Eye Care and the Role of Nursing in Kenya

Moses Orwe is an ophthalmic nurse at Homa Bay District Hospital in Kenya’s southwest. The hospital sees an average of 75 patients a day, 10 of whom will need eye surgery. The Fred Hollows Foundation spoke with Moses about his work in eye health and some interesting challenges he faces. “In Kenya, people don’t really…

International Nurses’ Day Spotlight: Petronella Nichols

Regional Director: Africa
Organisation: Brien Holden Vision Institute Foundation

Petronella Nichols, MBA, Africa Regional Director, Brien Holden Vision Institute Foundation on her journey from nursing to now… Can you describe your journey to becoming qualified as a nurse? Growing up in a country that defined my career prospects as a function of my ethnicity placed limitations on the careers to which one could aspire.…

Vacancy: Monitoring and Reporting Lead (Ghana)

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 Foundation (VFAN) is looking for a Monitoring and Reporting Lead in Ghana. The successful candidate must have the legal right to live and work in Ghana indefinitely. The purpose of the Monitoring and Reporting Lead is to design and implement their project monitoring and reporting approach, plan and tools, in partnership with GHS…

Delivering eye care in Malawi: BICO

Director
Organisation: Blantyre Institute for Community Outreach

The Blantyre Institute for Community Ophthalmology (BICO) is the only registered local eye health NGO in Malawi. We were established in 2008 with a mission — contribute towards the prevention and control of blindness in Malawi and the neighboring countries in the Southern African region. Our plan of action was to do this through operational…

Call for Programme Submissions – Council of Members 2019

Membership & Fundraising Officer
Organisation: IAPB

Calling all IAPB members! We are looking for your programme ideas for Council of Members 2019 (CoM). This year’s Council of Members will be held in Africa in conjunction with local hosts Sightsavers. We are very excited to offer IAPB members the opportunity to put forward your ideas for sessions. Following on from the success…

WOC2020 in Beautiful and Historic Cape Town

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

Please join the ICO in Cape Town, South Africa 26–29 June 2020, for the 37th World Ophthalmology Congress® (WOC2020 ), the premier and largest international ophthalmic congress, with delegates expected to attend from over 110 countries. The World Ophthalmology Congress® is held every two years in a different region and offers a world-class scientific program…

Orbis Closes Cape Town Office

As a result of a global program reorganization, all Orbis country offices will now report directly into Orbis International in New York, with no more regional offices.  After an analysis of our operations in South Africa, Orbis has closed the Orbis Cape Town office.  At this time, Orbis believes that it is in our best interests to re-allocate resources to support our program work in other markets that are growing faster for…