Zika and blindness

Professor at London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
Organisation: London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

Maria* is a lovely child of about 18 months, living in Rio de Janeiro. She was born with microcephaly as a result of the Zika outbreak in Brazil. In August, I was fortunate to spend a week helping to help look after her, as well as two other children with Congenital Zika Syndrome, while their…

International Women’s Day

Communications Coordinator
Organisation: IAPB

Children of Cataract/ Photo courtesy: Julia Gunther for the #StrongerTogether photo competition March 8th is International Women’s Day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. This day is also used to emphasise the need for gender equality. So, we shine light on the health inequities women face through a series of blogposts…

Gender and equitable access: my experiences

Co-Director
Organisation: Kilimanjaro Centre for Community Ophthalmology

On the occasion of International Women’s Day, Dr. Paul Courtright from the Kilimanjaro Centre for Community Ophthalmology talks about how tackling gender inequities in eye care require engagement at the community level. Sr. Ndossi counseling a family regarding cataract surgery in Arumeru District in Arusha Region, Tanzania Before 1989 I never thought much about gender…

Gender barriers in Africa

CEO Orbis Africa
Organisation: CEO Orbis Africa

On the occasion of International Women’s Day, Lene Øverland, CEO of Orbis Africa writes on the barriers that African women face accessing eye care and what difference it can make to their lives. For decades, Susana Saliyembe has had one of the most important jobs on planet Earth: raising her children and grandchildren. Increasingly, scientists…

Sri Lanka releases latest Blindness Survey data

IAPB South East Asia Regional Coordinator
Organisation: IAPB

In collaboration with IAPB South East Asia, VISION 2020 Sri Lanka and the Ministry of Health organized a national workshop on eye health action plan from 6 to 7 May, 2016. The main objective of the workshop was to come up with suggestions for the amendment on Sri Lanka’s National Eye Health Action Plan 2013…