CBM’s reflections from the IAPB Council of Members

Dr Irmela Erdmann, Dr Manfred Moerchen and Dr Demissie Tadesse, members of the CBM team share their thoughts and learning from their involvement in different sessions at the IAPB Council of Members. Inclusion and equity in eye health After many months of preparation, CBM and Sightsavers finally met for the interactive workshop “Leaving no one…

13th Regional Eye Health Partners Meeting for West Africa

Regional Programme Coordinator
Organisation: International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB)

Following a regional meeting on eye health organized by West Africa Health Organisation (WAHO) in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire on 4-6 June 2002, it was recommended that a Regional Eye Health NGDOs Coordination Group be established to support WAHO and : Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Member States to eliminate avoidable blindness by the…

Putting the spotlight on Universal Eye Health in Africa at the Council

Regional Advisor for Inclusive Eye Health
Asia Regional Hub
Organisation: CBM

CBM is one of the Programme partners of the IAPB Council of Members 2019, and we are excited to share CBM’s involvement in some of the programme activities. On Monday, 7th October at 11.00am, we will hold a session on achieving universal eye health in Africa. This year will be the final year of the…

Interactive workshop: “Leaving no-one behind: strengthening inclusion and equity in 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

CBM and Sightsavers warmly welcome everyone to a free interactive workshop on “Leaving no-one behind: strengthening inclusion and equity in eye health” on 3-4 October, prior to IAPB Council of Members Meeting, in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania. We will share evidence based background information and experience of making eye health services more inclusive and accessible for people…

Child Health must include Eye Health

Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon
Organisation: International Centre for Eye Health

On World/Universal Children’s Day, Aeesha Malik, International Centre for Eye Health, on why child health must include Eye Health and how a child health care programme in Tanzania is leading the way… Ashura Hemed knew soon after her son, Shadrack, was born that there was something wrong with his eyes. They looked larger, were watery…

Tackling Diabetic Retinopathy in the occupied Palestinian territories

Lead researcher for Diabetic Retinopathy
Organisation: St John of Jerusalem Eye Hospital Group

On World Diabetes Day, Dr Nahed Mikki, lead researcher for Diabetic Retinopathy in St John of Jerusalem Eye Hospital Group and Marie-Claire Boyle, Communications Specialist write about their programmes tackling Diabetic Retinopathy in the occupied Palestinian territories. Diabetic Retinopathy (DR) is one of the fastest growing eye health epidemics worldwide, and poses a strategic problem…

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…

Major research underway into avoidable blindness in the occupied Palestinian territories

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

St John of Jerusalem Eye Hospital Group (SJEHG) is conducting its second-ever Rapid Assessment of Avoidable Blindness (RAAB) study in the occupied Palestinian territories (oPt). The study began in July 2018. RAAB is a population-based survey of adults age 50 years and over, using rapid examination techniques. Over 200 RAABs have been completed worldwide, providing…

The importance of Inclusive Eye Health

Focal Point for Environmental Sustainability and Inclusion in Eye Health
Organisation: CBM

For International Day of People with Disabilities (3rd Dec, 2017) David Lewis OAM, CBM Focal Point for Inclusion in Eye Health on importance of inclusive eye health. The International Day of People with Disabilities is an important opportunity for me to reflect back on the privilege I had to work with CBM in West Africa…

Eye health and the environment – why sustainability and inclusivity go hand in hand

Focal Point for Environmental Sustainability and Inclusion in Eye Health
Organisation: CBM

David Lewis, CBM Focal Point for Environmental Sustainability, and Kirsty Smith, Chief Executive of CBM UK, on an important opportunity to promote environmental sustainability in the eye-health sector amid a month of climate disaster. The need for global responsibility cannot be plainer. Hurricanes in quick succession battering communities in the Caribbean, leaving many homeless and…

CBM and Sightsavers awarded António Champalimaud Vision 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

The 2017 António Champalimaud Vision Award has been jointly given to Sightsavers and CBM, two organisations with long and distinguished histories of supporting blindness prevention, alleviation and rehabilitation programmes in developing countries like Nepal, Mozambique, Uganda Ethiopia and Bangladesh. The €1,000,000 António Champalimaud Vision Award is directed to groups actively involved in fighting blindness and visual impairment in the field,…

CBM to partner with Peek Vision

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

Peek Vision and CBM are entering into partnership with the aim of using Peek technology to support and further develop CBM’s eye health and other disability work.. The 5-year partnership between CBM and Peek will see the implementation of Peek tools, such as Peek Acuity and Peek Retina, by CBM partners. It is hoped that initial pilot projects…

Project to tackle Trachoma in Pakistan

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

A new project to stop the spread of the painful, blinding eye-infection trachoma was launched in Pakistan. CBM will train and support over 3000 community health workers to distribute trachoma medication directly to people’s homes. Because trachoma is highly infectious, easily passed between family members through physical contact, it is vital that whole communities are…

Depression is an important consideration in eye care

Mental Health Advisor
Organisation: CBM

On World Health Day, with this year’s theme  – depression, Julian Eaton, CBM‘s Mental Health Advisor writes about how loss of vision can lead to depression, requiring support and care.  Doctor talking to a patient; cropped image from the WHO’s “Depression: Let’s Talk” campaign to mark World Health Day 2017 This year, World Health Day…

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…

CBM trial aims to improve glaucoma treatment in Africa

Programme Manager – East Africa and Asia
Organisation: CBM UK

In our second blog for World Glaucoma Week, Laura Gore, Programme Manager – East Africa and Asia, CBM UK writes about the trial CBM is doing to improve glaucoma treatment in Africa.   Post-graduate ophthalmology student examines a glaucoma patient at KCMC hospital, under supervision of Dr Heiko Philippin. © CBM/argum/Einberger   Over the years…

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…

Ebola and Eye care

Procurement & Standard List Manager
Organisation: IAPB

Coincidentally, the New York Times has published a story on Uveitis and Ebola, “After nearly claiming his life, Ebola lurked in a doctor’s eyes“ During a recent visit to Johannesburg, I attended the IAPB Africa Annual Conference, and had the opportunity to meet Dr Irmela Erdmann, Ophthalmologist and CBM West Africa Medical Advisor. Dr Erdmann…