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

Focal Point for Environmental Sustainability
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 Coalition 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…