Bhutan School Sight Programme

IAPB South East Asia Regional Coordinator
Organisation: IAPB

It is well known that uncorrected refractive error is the leading cause of visual impairment and the most common eye disorder in children. Considering its high prevalence, socioeconomic impact and psychological effect, refractive error has gained priority as a public health challenge globally. Early diagnosis and appropriate refractive correction is among the most cost-effective interventions…

First Eye Hospital in Bhutan

IAPB South East Asia Regional Coordinator
Organisation: IAPB

The first ever Eye Hospital in Bhutan is now open at the capital in Thimpu! It was inaugurated by Her Majesty, Gyalyum Kesang Choeden Wangchuck, the Queen Grandmother of Bhutan. IAPB member, the Himalayan Cataract Project (HCP) and Wen Giving Foundation, an organisation based in Malaysia are giving  technical and financial support. HCP is involved…

30% reduction of blindness in Bhutan and more trends from published RAAB

IAPB South East Asia Regional Coordinator
Organisation: IAPB

I am happy to report that Bhutan now has fresh blindness and visual impairment data. These were the results from a RAAB carried out after 9 years. PLOS One has published the results. In a moment that is worth celebrating, they show that Bhutan has achieved 30% reduction in blindness compared to the of result…

2018 in Review: IAPB South-East Asia

IAPB South East Asia Regional Coordinator
Organisation: IAPB
The focus of IAPB-South-East Asia Region in the year 2018 has continued to be the operationalization of the WHO Global Action Plan (GAP) 2014-2019 and monitoring its progress. The three main objectives of GAP are: Evidence Generation – using it to advocate for political and financial commitment for eye health National Eye Health Policies, Plan…

Bhutan meets the WHO Global Action Plan target on blindness reduction

IAPB South East Asia Regional Coordinator
Organisation: IAPB

Bhutan is one of the countries where a previous nationwide blindness survey exists and can be compared with the latest, the Rapid Assessment of Avoidable Blindness (RAAB) Survey 2018. The 2018 survey’s sampling frame covered the population aged 50 years and older, across all 20  districts of the kingdom. The first RAAB survey in Bhutan…

Data collection in IAPB SEA in 2018

IAPB South East Asia Regional Coordinator
Organisation: IAPB

Many countries in SEA region do not have authentic base-line data to measure the progress of the Global Action Plan’s (GAP) target of 25% reduction in visual impairment by 2019. The lack of a National Eye Health Action Plan and comprehensive eye care services has also been a major issue in some countries. Therefore for…

The Bhutan mRAAB Survey Begins

IAPB South East Asia Regional Coordinator
Organisation: IAPB

South East Asia is fortunate. The Lions Clubs International Foundation have yet again supported the region with a Research Grant in 2017 for a RAAB survey in Bhutan (After the surveys in Maldives and East Timor in 2016). The last time Bhutan had a blindness survey (RAAB) was in 2009 and so the 2017 follow-up…