The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 2020

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

CHOGM 2020 will be held at the Kigali Convention Centre during the week starting 22 June. Leaders from all 53 Commonwealth countries are expected to attend. The theme for the meeting is ‘Delivering A Common Future: Connecting, Innovating, Transforming’ Visit Rwanda’s CHOGM Website

Session on the Africa Regional Plan

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

A big thank you to all who attended the IAPB Council of Members Session on The Africa Regional Plan.  We had a full house and rich and fruitful engagement from all participants.  The session covered the implementation of the IAPB Africa 2019-2022 Workplan and highlighted opportunities for member organisations to engage with it.  When originally…

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…

Improving eye health: learning from the Avoidable Blindness Programme of The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust

Director of Programmes
Organisation: The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust
When I joined the Trust in early 2013, I was new to the field of avoidable blindness and eye health, although I had been involved in supporting systems change for quite some time. Six years later, I am still not an expert in eye health, but our programmes across the Commonwealth have generated lots of…

CBM’s reflections from the IAPB Council of Members

Dr Irmela Erdmann, Dr Manfred Moerchen and Dr Demissie Tadesse, members of the CBM team share their thoughts and learning from their involvement in different sessions at the IAPB Council of Members. Inclusion and equity in eye health After many months of preparation, CBM and Sightsavers finally met for the interactive workshop “Leaving no one…

SightLife: 50 Years of Transforming Lives

CEO
Organisation: SightLife

Our Beginning In 1969, the Northwest Lions in Seattle, WA founded an eye bank inspired by three people who wanted to help local citizens in need of a corneal transplant. At that time, the Northwest Lions Eye Bank was a volunteer-driven organization – proudly placing 40 corneas for transplant in the first year. Fast forward…

Showcasing South-South Co-Operation – Second Generation of the Alliance to Fight Avoidable Blindness

In 2008, the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB), introduced its regional initiative “the Alliance to Fight Avoidable Blindness (AFAB)”. This partnership brought together several partners from across the globe to support and build capacity in African Countries to fight the root causes of blindness. The first generation covered eight African member countries (Benin, Cameroun, Burkina Faso,…

Two courses at KCCO

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 Kilimanjaro Center for Community Ophthalmology (KCCO) is offering two upcoming courses: Organizational & Financial Management to Achieve VISION 2020 in Africa and Bridging Communities and Eye Care Providers to Achieve VISION 2020 in Africa in November 2019. Bridging Communities and Eye Care Providers to Achieve VISION 2020 in Africa This course will be held from November…

Eye Care Foundation Activities in Tanzania

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

Eye Care Foundation (ECF) in Tanzania builds on the momentum to improve eye health that will contribute effectively to individual and national development. ECF helps prevent and cure avoidable blindness and visual impairment in four districts of Morogoro region in Tanzania namely; Ulanga, Malinyi, Kilombero and Ifakara town. These efforts are ere channelled through; a)…

A landmark achievement – Eritrea meets V2020 goal for refractive errors human resources

After 9 years of running optometry training programme, Asmara College of Health Sciences (now Asmara University Orotta College of Medicine and Health Sciences) in Eritrea produced the country’s first optometrists. The 22 graduates (9 female and 13 male) were conferred their Bachelor of Optometry Degree in August 2019. Considering that the country has also trained…

Introducing COECSA’s new Competence Based Residency Programme at RIIO School of Ophthalmology, Rwanda

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

Simon Day interviewed the RIIO School of Ophthalmology Programme Director, Prof Ciku Mathenge. Tell me about RIIO and why a private institution started a School of Ophthalmology The Rwanda International Institute of Ophthalmology (RIIO) is registered as a local not for profit organisation in Rwanda. The Principal themes of operation that are included in its…

COECSA 2020

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

COECSA and Ophthalmological Society of Malawi (OSM) will bring you the 8th Annual Scientific Congress from 19-21 August 2020. At Bingu Wa Mutharika International Convention Centre, Lilongwe, Malawi. More information here

WHO Regional office for Africa update on Eye Health

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 World Health Organization, Regional office for Africa (WHO-AFRO), through its Non-communicable disease cluster, in collaboration with partners, continues to support Member States to improve access to eye health care with a focus on primary health care and community levels. Ongoing, planned, and other long term planned activities are outlined as follows: 1. Catalogue of…

New UK aid support to protect 200 million people from debilitating diseases

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

A new UK aid programme will fight diseases in 25 of the world’s poorest countries Support will target five Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) which cause disability and death A new UK aid package will help protect 200 million people worldwide from debilitating diseases. The flagship programme, called Ascend, was announced by the UK’s international development…

L. V. Prasad Eye Institute Liberia Eye Health Initiative

Rohit C Khanna, V Rajashekar, Niranjan K Pehere, Gullapalli N Rao, LVPEI on the Liberia Eye Health Initiative. In July 2017, the L V Prasad Eye Institute (LVPEI) opened its first centre outside India. This is the Liberia Eye Centre (LEC) at the John F Kennedy (JFK) Memorial Medical Centre in Monrovia. The L V…

Putting the spotlight on Universal Eye Health in Africa at the Council

Regional Advisor for Inclusive Eye Health
Asia Regional Hub
Organisation: CBM

CBM is one of the Programme partners of the IAPB Council of Members 2019, and we are excited to share CBM’s involvement in some of the programme activities. On Monday, 7th October at 11.00am, we will hold a session on achieving universal eye health in Africa. This year will be the final year of the…

Progressing gender equity at Council of Members 2019

Director - Global Partnerships and Advocacy
Organisation: The Fred Hollows Foundation

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are about to shift gear and the global community will be urged to do more. The SDG Summit taking place during the UN General Assembly later this month will declare a decade of action and delivery on sustainable development to start in 2020. So while the current period of the…

Looking forward to a truly African Council of Members!

Deputy Director of Programmes, Eye Health and NTDs
Organisation: LIGHT FOR THE WORLD

Light for the World is joining IAPB’s Council of Members for the first time, as a programme partner . We are delighted to be part of what is setting out to be a fantastic event and collaboration opportunity! We are particularly excited that this year’s Council is taking place in Africa.  We would like to…

Partnering for Total Access to Vision Care in The Gambia

Sr. Manager, Creative & Communications

On October 8th, 2019 at 7:30 AM, OneSight will be hosting an event at IAPB’s Council of Members to highlight our partnership with The Gambia to create a vision care system for the whole country. If you are attending the Council meeting and would like to know more, see the programme here. In 2013, OneSight…

Vacancy: Country Director (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

Vision Aid Overseas is looking for a Country Director for its Zambia programme. The role of the Country Director is to develop and lead the Vision Aid Overseas’ Zambia programme to support their mission of enabling people living in poverty to access affordable glasses and eye care. The Country Director for Zambia will be responsible…