Diabetes related vision problems a concern in PNG capital

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

Press Release Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, 30 October 2018: A study of diabetic retinopathy and diabetes in the National Capital District (NCD) of Papua New Guinea (PNG) has found high rates of vision related disease and undiagnosed diabetes.1 Published in the British Journal of Ophthalmology, the research estimates that almost 50% of those 50 years…

First Vietnamese-trained optometrists herald new hope for Vietnam’s national 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

Press Release Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, 8 November 2018: Today‘s date will be remembered in history as the momentous day the optometry profession emerged in Vietnam. Spirits are soaring in Ho Chi Minh City as the first Vietnamese-trained optometrists graduate from the first school of optometry. The initial twelve optometrist graduates, emerging today as…

Eye Care Everywhere For PNG

Regional Program Manager, Western Pacific
Organisation: International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness

In Papua New Guinea (PNG) there are so many activities associated with World Sight Day that events typically stretch throughout the month. This October was no different, culminating in a plethora of activities during the last week of the month. There was a Trachoma Action Planning Workshop led by the Fred Hollows Foundation Australia, a…

Essilor appoints Prof Kovin Naidoo Senior Vice President of Inclusive Business, Philanthropy and Social Impact

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

Press Release (Charenton-le-Pont, France, 30 October 2018) – Essilor is proud to announce Professor Kovin Naidoo has been appointed Senior Vice President of Inclusive Business, Philanthropy and Social Impact. In this newly created position, Professor Naidoo will lead the Group’s efforts to reach the 2.5billion people living with uncorrected poor vision through inclusive business and…

IAPB members celebrate World Sight Day 2018: a social media round-up

Communications Coordinator
Organisation: IAPB

This year’s World Sight Day is just past (11th October 2018 to be exact). World Sight Day was celebrated across the IAPB membership with press conferences, walks, outreach activities, events with MoH, and more, and we loved seeing all of your celebrations and tags on social media. We have already received emails from many of…

Attending the Council of Members 2018 – It’s a wrap

As we boarded our flights home, our heads full of the inspiring and dynamic discussions, innovative ideas and progressions from the Council, we wanted to commend IAPB on the great success of the Council of Members 2018 by offering a congratulatory wrap-up. Brien Holden Vision Institute is a Group A Sponsorship IAPB Member and we…

Quality of life and productivity gains for textile workers provided near vision correction : A study

Communications Manager / Project Officer - Public Health
Organisation: Brien Holden Vision Institute

An estimated 1.1 billion people had uncorrected near vision impairment globally in 2015,1 with the majority of it occurring in developing countries. In some locations it has been found that over 90% of people don’t have the near vision spectacles that they need. 2,3 The impact of uncorrected presbyopia on people’s lives has gone largely…

Brien Holden Vision Institute at the CSTL Conference

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

Recognizing that uncorrected refractive errors is a barrier to learning among many children, the Institute was invited to make a presentation on NGO support to addressing refractive errors among school children at  the South Africa  inaugural conference on Care and Support to Teaching and Learning (CSTL). The conference was organized by the National Department of…

The vision of 27 million children

Campaign Marketing and Communications Manager
Organisation: Our Children's Vision

“I first knew about my sight problem when I was nine years old. Slowly my difficulty of seeing from a distance and near objects became worse in school as well as at home.”- Billal, Primary School, Ethiopia In April 2016, Our Children’s Vision was launched with the ambitious goal of reaching 50 million children with…

Free eye care services help 20,000 people 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

Press Release 20 September, 2018, Mwanza, Lake Zone, Tanzania: Recent celebrations launched. In its quest to accelerate eye care services to more people in more locations, Brien Holden Vision Institute is collaborating with the Tanzanian-born Dr Moes Nasser and Optometry Giving Sight to implement a new initiative known as Lake Zone Roshanali Nasser’s Outreach Project.…

PNG has one of the highest rates of blindness in the world – nationwide study

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 first national survey on eye health in Papua New Guinea (PNG) has found that the prevalence of blindness among people aged 50 years and older is 5.6%, which is one of the highest rates in the world. The study, which was recently published in the British Journal of Ophthalmology, found the major causes of…

Dr Akio Kanai, Recipient of the Brien Holden Humanitarian Award

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. Akio Kanai, CEO of Fuji Optical, has been announced as the Brien Holden Humanitarian Award winner for 2018 by the American Academy of Optometry (AAO), for his efforts in delivering vision care to refugee communities over more than three decades. The award, honoring the memory and work of Professor Brien Holden, PhD, DSc, FAAO,…

Guidelines for Myopia Management

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

Press Release: Sydney, Australia, 16 August 2018: Brien Holden Vision Institute has launched its “Guidelines for Myopia Management”, an easy-to-use, practical tool developed to assist the busy eye care professional manage patients with myopia. Available freely online, the guidelines provide a framework to inform diagnostic tests, risk assessment, appropriate myopia management options and scheduling follow-up visits and…

Training and Equipping Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people to tackle threat of DR

Global Communications Manager, Public Health
Organisation: Brien Holden Vision Institute

The Aboriginal Vision Programme Team, Brien Holden Vision Institute write about Provision of Eye Health Equipment and Training – the national programme tackling high incidence of Diabetes related blindness in the Indigenous population. “The old saying goes ‘if you love your job, you never work a day in your life’ and I feel lucky that these simple…

Health promotion in schools improves eye health literacy in children – research study

Communications Manager / Project Officer - Public Health
Organisation: Brien Holden Vision Institute

  300 children, aged 12-15 at five schools in Vietnam involved Knowledge and attitudes to eye health improved by 10-20% Uptake of eye examinations increased by more than 20% Some knowledge, attitudes and practices were unchanged Health promotion in schools is an effective way to transfer knowledge to children and could potentially improve eye care…

Australian government extends programme addressing DR in Indigenous population

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

Press release: 1 August 2018, Sydney, Australia: The Australian Government has provided a further $2.5 million for retinal cameras and training. The national programme provides eye health testing equipment, and also training and support for the health services using the equipment. The programme is co-led by Brien Holden Vision Institute and the Australian College of Optometry,…

New Leadership at the Brien Holden Vision Institute

Communications Manager
Organisation: IAPB

Professor Kovin Naidoo has resigned as CEO of both the Brien Holden Vision Institute and the Brien Holden Vision Institute Foundation. The Board of the Institute has announced a two-pronged approach to the development of the group’s new focus. Ms Yvette Waddell, as new CEO of the Institute, will focus on translational research. The role of CEO…

Celebrating China National Sight Day, June 6, 2018

Regional Program Manager, Western Pacific
Organisation: International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness

In celebration of the 23rd China National Sight Day, we asked our members and friends in China to tell us what the day means to their organisations and to share with us a little about their June 6 activities. 2018年6月6日中国全国爱眼日 为庆祝第23届中国全国爱眼日,我们特地邀请到几位我们在中国的成员和伙伴来谈谈这个日子对他们的机构或组织来说意味着什么,并与我们分享一下他们爱眼日的活动。 Zhongshan Ophthalmic Centre – Dr Baixiang Xiao The theme of China National Sight Day…

A Walk in the Park with Shanghai Eye Disease Prevention and Treatment Centre

Regional Program Manager, Western Pacific
Organisation: International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness

与上海市眼病防治中心的一段公园漫步 IAPB is delighted that the Shanghai Eye Disease Prevention and Treatment Centre (SEDPTC), our strong partner in China, invited us to attend “Get Sunny for Sight”. Held last Sunday, it was the perfect introduction to a week of awareness raising. In line with the theme of June 6 – Correct Myopia Scientifically, Care for…

Changing the way optometrists think about myopia

Global Manager of Academy
Organisation: Brien Holden Vision Institute

On World Optometry Day,  Judith Stern Global Manager of Academy, Public Health at Brien Holden Vision Institute and Selina Madeleine, Global Communications Manager on changing the way optometrists think about myopia. With the world shining a spotlight on optometry today, it seems an opportune moment to highlight one of the pressing global issues for our profession: the increasing…