USAID’s Child Blindness Program Request for Applications

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 U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Child Blindness Program is inviting Letters of Interest by Dec. 21st. With an emphasis on quality and innovation, USAID prevents and treats blindness, restores sight and provides eyeglasses to thousands of people in the poorest communities of the world each year through the Agency’s Child Blindness Program. Since 1991,…

Blindness in children: declining magnitude over time

Co-director ICEH
Organisation: International Centre for Eye Health
In 1992 the World Health Organization estimated that there were 1.5 million children who were blind from eye conditions worldwide, stating that this estimate was based on limited epidemiological data1. At that time, measles infection and vitamin A deficiency were considered the most important avoidable causes. In 2000 WHO reviewed the evidence and the estimate…

Preventing ROP in Eastern Europe

Organisation: Eye Samaritans International

On World/Universal Children’s Day, Alan Richards, Eye Samaritans International on how they are preventing ROP in Eastern Europe… Half of the children without sight in Russia and Eastern Europe are blind because of Retinopathy of Prematurity – a treatable condition. At Eye Samaritans International, we advocate for ROP treatment in nine Eastern European countries by educating…

Expanding ROP Care in Sub-Saharan Africa

IPOSC-ROP Task force
Organisation: International Pediatric Ophthalmology & Strabismus Council

On World/Universal Children’s Day,  Dr. Paul Chan, Dr. Marilyn Miller and Dr. Sherwin Isenberg, leaders of the International Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus Council ROP Taskforce on how they are bringing together international collaborators to define the scope and current state of ROP in Sub-Saharan Africa.  Globally, there is an emerging epidemic of children at risk for blinding eye…

L’OCCITANE supports UNICEF to prevent childhood blindness

General Delegate
Organisation: L'OCCITANE Foundation

On World/Universal Children’s Day, Charlotte Jonchere writes on L’OCCITANE Foundation‘s work supporting UNICEF to prevent childhood blindness. World Children’s Day, is a day dedicated to promoting the rights of every child. According to the WHO, one of the leading causes of childhood blindness is Vitamin A deficiency, which affects 137  million children under the age of five…

Leaving an impact: Screening in schools for the visually impaired

Childhood Blindness and Low vision Coordinator
Organisation: Kilimanjaro Centre for Community Ophthalmology (KCCO)

On World/Universal Children’s Day, Elizabeth Kishiki, Kilimanjaro Centre For Community Ophthalmology and the work they are doing by screening in schools for the visually impaired. “I can see better now; I can move freely in the school compound and am now able to help my fellow pupils who are totally blind, find their way within…

Creating a Comprehensive Child Eye Health Network

Director, North Asia
Organisation: Orbis International

On World/Universal Children’s Day, George Smith, Orbis International on their five-year Seeing is Believing Project in Shanxi, China and how it has created a Comprehensive Child Eye Health Network. China faces significant issues in many areas of child eye health. The Chinese Ministry of Education’s report (“China’s First Oversight Report on Quality of Compulsory Education) highlights…

USAID Grants for Child Eye Health

President, International Eye Foundation and Vice-President, IAPB
Organisation: International Eye Foundation

On World/Universal Children’s Day, Victoria Sheffield, International Eye Foundation on the USAID Grants for Child Eye Health. A child’s eye is not simply a “small adult” eye.  The structures are tighter and special instruments are needed to examine or perform surgery on a child’s eye, especially a newborn baby’s eye.  Children who need eye surgery…

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…

Film: A life with Sight

Communications Manager
Organisation: The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust

The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust is releasing its new film, A Life With Sight to mark World Prematurity Day on November 17. The film tells the story of Dr Subhadra Jalali (an ROP and retina specialist at IAPB member, L V Prasad Eye Institute) – a world-class ophthalmologist, mother and mentor – who has led the…

The Retinopathy of Prematurity Network (ROP-NET): bringing essential eye care to premature babies

Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon
Organisation: International Centre for Eye Health

On World Prematurity Day, Aeesha Malik, International Centre for Eye Health on their Retinopathy of Prematurity Network and how they are working to improve ROP programmes in Low-and-Middle-Income countries… “We at Abuja are grateful for being given this great opportunity to advance in our care of premature babies. We thank you all for the sacrifice…