Orbis Flying Eye Hospital Project Celebrates 20 Years of Eye Care in Ethiopia

Orbis just wrapped its three-week Flying Eye Hospital project in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia celebrating their 20th anniversary of sight saving work in the country. The Federal Ministry of Health and the Ophthalmological Society of Ethiopia partnered with the international NGO to train local eye care teams in adult and pediatric surgery techniques, hosted by the…

Photo Competition Stories: A trip to Uganda

Communications Officer
Organisation: IAPB

The World Sight Day Photo Competitions have attracted a lot of quality submissions from around the world; each with a story to tell. Terry Cooper talks about his visit to Uganda.  A VISION2020 LINKS programme team lead by council member Clare Davey was sent to Uganda in April 2015, where they set up a diabetic retinopathy…

Photo Competition Stories: Gezaw Sheferaw

Communications Coordinator
Organisation: IAPB

The World Sight Day Photo Competitions have attracted a lot of quality submissions from around the world; each with a story to tell. This post is about Gezaw Sheferaw, an Ethiopian farmer with cataract in one eye. The pictures and inputs have been provided by Ulrich Eigner, on assignment with Light for the World. Thank you…

Photo Competition Stories: Eye care in Ethiopia

Communications Coordinator
Organisation: IAPB
The World Sight Day Photo Competitions have attracted a lot of quality submissions from around the world; each with a story to tell. This post is about Graham Coates' assignment with Vision Aid Overseas in Ethiopia. The pictures and inputs have been provided by Graham – Thank you Graham! Farmers waiting their turn to get their vision screened/ Photo…

Vacancy: Finance and Administration Officer (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 is seeking a Finance and and Administration Officer based out of Ghana. Job Title: Finance and Administration Officer – Ghana (24 months fixed term, with potential for extension) Location: VFAN Office, Accra, Ghana Reports To: Programme Manager – Ghana Salary Range and Benefits: 7000 – 10,000 GHC per month, 23 days annual leave excl. public holidays…

He Eye Specialists Hospital Holds Forum on Sight for Africa

Director PBL Department He Vision Group
Organisation: Shenyang He Eye Hospital

IAPB’s China member, the Shenyang based He Eye Specialists Hospital (HESH) recently organised the 2018 China-Africa Eye Health Cooperation Forum. It was hosted by National Health Commission of P.R.China and co-organised by Orbis International, International Council of Ophthalmology (ICO), African Ophthalmology Council (AOC), HESH and National Training Base for Prevention of Blindness. The forum was…

RAAB in Inhambane, Mozambique

Projects Manager
Organisation: Eyes Of The World (Fundació Ulls del Món)

Francisco Sanz León works as a Projects Manager for Ulls del món (also known as Eyes of the World) and won the Amateur Prize in last year’s #MakeVisionCount photo competition. He writes about the RAAB in Inhambane, Mozambique, where he took his winning photo. My name is Francisco Sanz León and I work as a…

WHO Afro releases Primary Eye Care Training Manual

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 WHO Regional Office for Africa has launched a training manual entitled “Primary Eye Care Training Manual – A course to strengthen the capacity of health personnel to manage eye patients at primary-level health facilities in the African Region”. The purpose of this manual is to provide guidance in the design, implementation and evaluation of…

Eye Bank of Ethiopia Celebrates 15 Years of Service

Communications Manager
Organisation: Himalayan Cataract Project

Partners in eye care, Orbis International, Himalayan Cataract Project and SightLife honor milestone for the highest volume eye bank in sub-Saharan Africa. For the past 15 years the Eye Bank of Ethiopia has worked tirelessly to reverse corneal blindness in the country through the collection and processing of donor corneas. Founded through an agreement between…

Kellogg-led ophthalmology resident programme grows in Ethiopia

Communications Manager for Global REACH
Organisation: University of Michigan Medical School

Only a few years old, a nascent ophthalmology residency programme at Ethiopia’s St. Paul Hospital Millennium Medical Center in Addis Ababa is growing both in size and scope. Established in 2015 in partnership with the Kellogg Eye Center for International Ophthalmology, the programme welcomed their third class of residents in 2017, bringing the number of resident trainees to…

The Effectiveness of Glasses in Rural Burkina Faso

Inventor and Chairman
Organisation: OneDollarGlasses

What are people in rural Burkina Faso willing to pay for OneDollarGlasses? This study sheds light on the potential to distribute glasses through the market in a poor rural context. There are millions of people around the world in need of glasses but cannot afford them.  As a result, there are children who cannot learn…

Dr. Bo Wiafe retires from Operation Eyesight Universal

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

Dr. Boateng Wiafe who has been associated with Operation Eyesight Universal since 1985 has retired from his position. With more than 35 years’ experience in eye care, Dr. Wiafe is recognized as an authority in the development of sustainable eye care in Africa. In the early days, he was one of only eight ophthalmologists in Zambia.…

Vacancy: Programme Manager; Ghana (VFAN)

Communications Manager
Organisation: IAPB

Job Title: Programme Manager (18 months fixed term) with potential for extension. Location: VFAN Office Accra, Ghana  Reports To: Head of Programmes (UK) Salary and Benefits: Competitive salary commensurate with experience  Vision for a Nation (VFAN) is a multi-award-winning UK charity. We are helping people to fully contribute socially and economically to their communities by ensuring the have access…

Validating the WHO Regional Core Competencies in IAPB Africa

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

IAPB Africa started 2018 with a focus on one of our major priorities for the year: the validation of the WHO Regional Core Competencies for Eye Heath Workers in the Africa Region.  In February, WHO AFRO and IAPB held a consultation workshop in Nairobi attended by eye health experts with the overall objective of validating…

Community eye clinic workshop project aims to reduce avoidable blindness in Uganda

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 initiative funded by the Tropical Health and Education Trust (THET) between teaching hospitals in the UK and Uganda will see the delivery of a community eye clinic workshop project followed by practical clinics in the Kampala and Mbarara areas. The clinics will screen for common eye problems and will take place in rural churches,…

Jobs: Consultant Ophthalmologist (Burkina Faso)

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

Light for the World, an international development organization specializing in disability, whose vision is to build an inclusive society where no one is left behind, is looking for a francophone consultant ophthalmologist for their programme in Burkina Faso. Deadline for Applications: 9 March Light for the World est une organisation internationale de développement spécialisée sur…

LSHTM to lead research project for trachoma elimination

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 London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine is to lead a major new research project that aims to accelerate the elimination of trachoma. Stronger-SAFE is a £3.9m Wellcome Trust funded project that will increase the understanding of how trachoma is transmitted, and hopefully lead to the development and testing of new, more effective interventions and treatment…

New Fund to Eliminate Onchocerciasis

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 Mectizan Donation Program is pleased to share the good news that during the “Reaching the Last Mile: Mobilizing Together to Eliminate Infectious Diseases” event held in Abu Dhabi earlier this week, Abu Dhabi’s Crown Prince, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation launched a $100 million fund to eliminate river…

Vision Aid Overseas to expand its Ghana programme

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

Working together with the Ghana Health Service and other NGOs, Vision Aid Overseas plans to expand its programme in Ghana to increase access to affordable eye care services in rural and isolated areas. In Ghana, it is estimated that 95% of the population (approximately 26 million people) do not have access to affordable eye care…