Comprehensive Child Eye Health in Nigeria

With a population of over 182 million people, Nigeria is one of the most populated countries in the world. Rising poverty rates, poor education and underfunded healthcare systems are some of the key factors that have contributed to the large percentages of children with avoidable blindness and visual impairments. This consortium SiB programme lead by…

Why So Many Children Around The World Could Go Blind

Senior Vice President of Inclusive Business, Philanthropy and Social Impact
Organisation: Essilor

Ten years ago, an estimated 19 million children worldwide suffered from serious vision problems such as near-sightedness, or myopia, the leading cause of distance vision impairment. Since then, this epidemic has grown even worse. Severe myopia is a particular problem, increasing the risk of cataracts, glaucoma, retinal detachment and myopic macular degeneration — all of…

Vietnam’s first Optometry School

Organisation: Brien Holden Vision Institute

The first four year Optometry Degree programme has just been launched in Vietnam by a collaboration between Pham Ngoc Thach University of Medicine, Ho Chi Min City Eye Hospital and the Brien Holden Vision Institute, with support from the Australian Government’s Avoidable Blindness Initiative Program. It was an absolute delight to meet Vietnam’s first 20…

Durban Calling

Director of Development and Communications
Organisation: IAPB

10GA. Some of you are possibly thinking that the next Assembly – 18-20 September 2016 – is ages away. But the IAPB team are determined that we will build on the success of Hyderabad 2012 and that means starting our planning even earlier this time round. Alessandro Di Capua, IAPB’s Membership Manager, will be playing…