He Group Launch County-level Mode to Eliminate Avoidable Blindness

Director PBL Department He Vision Group
Organisation: Shenyang He Eye Hospital

The prevalence of blindness in Western China continues to be high. To overcome the shortage of eye care services in these economically under-developed provinces, a pilot project funded by State Development & Investment Corp., He Eye Specialist Hospital, Delos Foundation International and Beijing Genomics Institute (BGI) is being implemented in the Guizhou province from 2018…

New smartphone app aims to improve cataract surgical outcomes

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: A global consortium of leading eye health organisations today launched a new app to help improve cataract surgical outcomes, especially for people in developing countries. BOOST (Better Operative Outcomes Software Tool), a simple, free and easy-to-use app to help surgeons monitor and improve cataract surgical outcomes, has been launched at the World Ophthalmology Congress…

20,000 Cataract Surgeries by 2020 – PNG

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

In the Western Pacific we’re increasingly seeing our members and partners bucking engaging stakeholders in work that translates research into actions. Nowhere was this more obvious than at the recent National Prevention of Blindness Committee meeting in Papua New Guinea’s capital, Port Moresby. The PBL, together with WHO WPRO adviser, Dr Andreas Mueller convened a…

Cataract and Mental Health

Cataract and mental health: Impact of cataract surgery on the psychosocial challenges faced by people affected by the condition in India Elizabeth Kurian and Pankaj Vishwakarma from Mission for Vision write about the psychological impact of cataract surgery analysed using their system PRISM. The association between poor vision and mental health can have negative psychosocial consequences…

Protecting your Eyes at Work

Director Media Relations
Organisation: Prevent Blindness

On World Day for Safety and Health at Work, Sarah Hecker, Director Media Relations at IAPB Member organisation Prevent Blindness, writes about the important issue of protecting eyes at work and how it helps preserve healthy eyesight for the future. Image credit: Heiko Philippin, Community Eye Health Journal Since so much of our time is spent…

WHO Global Health Observatory adds CSC and eCSC

Chief Executive of IAPB
Organisation: IAPB

Universal Health Coverage (UHC) is at the heart of the Sustainable Development Goal for health, and is specifically focussed upon in target 3.8. Finding good indicators to monitor UHC will be important throughout the 2016-2030 period to measure progress. IAPB has been promoting Cataract Surgical Coverage (CSC) as a UHC indicator given cataract surgery is…

#StrongerTogether Photo Story: Mothers and Children of Cataract

Communications Coordinator
Organisation: IAPB

The StrongerTogether photo competition we ran in partnership with Bayer attracted a lot of quality submissions from around the world; each with a story to tell. We will be sharing some of these stories on our blog over the coming weeks. The second in the series focuses on four children living with cataract in Tanzania.…

Depression and Blindness – Experiences from the field

Ophthalmologist, Senior Lecturer, University of Papua New Guinea
Organisation: CBM

On World Health Day, Geoffrey Wabulembo, ophthalmologist, CBM writes about his experiences with eye care patients coping with depression. Pacific Islanders; cropped image from the WHO’s “Depression: Let’s Talk” campaign to mark World Health Day 2017 Kalireku (name changed) worked as an agricultural officer for the civil service. In 2004, he had seen an eye doctor…

The Cataract BOOST Story

Professor, Division of Preventive Ophthalmology and State Key Laboratory, Zhongshan Ophthalmic Centre;
Ulvercroft Prof of Global Eye Health, Translational Research for Equitable Eyecare (TREE) Centre, Queen's University Belfast;
and Orbis

We published the results (open access) of the PRECOG study in the inaugural issue of Lancet Global Health. While visual outcomes of cataract surgery have usually been evaluated weeks or even months post-operatively, this study of 4000 patients at 40 hospitals in developing regions, where few patients return after their operation, demonstrated that assessment of vision…

Evidence gap maps developed by Sightsavers

Research Officer, Evidence Synthesis
Organisation: Sightsavers

The gap maps provide visual summaries of the extent and distribution of evidence on particular thematic areas A screenshot of the Cataract gap map by Sightsavers  This week Sightsavers have launched the first in our new series of evidence gap maps. The gap maps are an exciting new tool, originally pioneered by the International Initiative…