Launch of UN Friends of Vision Group

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

First meeting/Image taken from Clearly/Twitter On World Sight Day in October Ambassador Aubrey Webson, Permanent Representative of Antigua and Barbuda to the United Nations, convened the first meeting of the UN Friends of Vision group. It followed considerable efforts by Clearly, the organisation founded by James Chen to persuade governments to take notice of the…

Helping millions get access to diabetic retinopathy care in Barisal

Country Manager, Bangladesh
Organisation: The Fred Hollows Foundation

On World Diabetes Day, Dr Zareen Khair, the Fred Hollows Foundation’s Bangladesh Country Manager, writes about a DR project they are implementing (thanks to the Trust’s support) highlighting lessons & successes… Bangladesh has nearly 1.85 million people with Diabetic Retinopathy (DR). People with DR require ongoing laser treatment and professional monitoring to keep them from…

Report Highlights Eye Health Concerns of Rohingya Refugees

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 Seva Foundation, an international eye health and blindness-prevention organization, recently released a new report to assess the eye care needs of the one million Rohingya people living in refugee camps in Bangladesh. “A Situational Analysis: Eye Care Needs of Rohingya Refugees and the Affected Bangladeshi Host Population in Cox’s Bazar District Bangladesh” provides a…

Eye Health in A Crisis: Rohingya Refugee Camp Need Analysis

IAPB South East Asia Regional Coordinator
Organisation: IAPB

May 2018 saw me evaluating eye health in one of the biggest refugee camps for displaced Rohingyas in Bangladesh. In 2017, the refugee camps in Cox’s Bazaar on Bangladesh’s border with Myanmar saw the biggest ever influx of refugees–nearly 690,000 refugees–after clashes broke out in Myanmar in August. The camps merged into one taking in…

Innovative solutions for eye care for women in Bangladesh

Regional Communications Coordinator
Organisation: The Fred Hollows Foundation

On the occasion of International Women’s Day, the Fred Hollows Foundation (courtesy Alison Carmody, Zara Khair and Bonnie Skinner) shines light on the work they are doing in Bangladesh to make eye care more accessible for women. Women in rural Bangladesh following an outreach eye camp/ Photo courtesy: The Fred Hollows Foundation Standard Chartered Bank’s…