Orbis: Saving Vision and Changing Children’s Lives Across the World

Director of Research and North Asia Strategy
Organisation: Orbis International

On Universal Children’s Day, Nathan Congdon on Orbis saving vision and changing children’s lives across the world. The pyramid of children’s vision Orbis has been working to change lives through the prevention and treatment of avoidable blindness since 1982. A large focus of this work has been treating cases of childhood blindness.  The numerous conditions…

Orbis International: Scaling up to meet the rising tide of diabetic retinopathy world-wide

Vice President, The Americas
Organisation: Orbis International

On World Diabetes Day, how Orbis International is scaling up to meet the rising tide of diabetic retinopathy world-wide… Global blindness and vision impairment will triple by 2050 due to the growing (as well as ageing) world’s population. At the same time, lifestyle changes are leading to the rapid increase in diabetes; a disease that…

Providing eye care in Western China

Project Manager
Organisation: He Vision Group

The distribution of eye care resources in China is uneven, with a considerable gap between Eastern (along the coast) and Western China (the inland areas). He Vision Group, one of the largest eye care systems in China, established Chengdu He Eye Specialists Hospital (HESH) in Sichuan province. This is next to Tibet, to continuously provide…

Celebrating China National Sight Day: A round-up

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

“We have fifteen doctor, twenty three eye nurses and two technicians. But we only have one professor, so we’re just a small provincial hospital,” laments Dr Wang as he tours me around the Dali Hospital in Western Yunnan. “That’s why we’re so happy you came to visit us, so that people will know that anyway…

IAPB Western Pacific: Stronger Together

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

“We have fifteen doctor, twenty three eye nurses and two technicians. But we only have one professor, so we’re just a small provincial hospital,” laments Dr Wang as he shows me around the Dali Hospital in Western Yunnan. “That’s why we’re so happy you came to visit us, so that people will know that anyway…

Go Sunny For Sight“目”浴阳光 : Big Eye at Coogee Beach

SEDPTC Myopia Management Mascot
Organisation: Shanghai Eye Disease Prevention and Treatment Center

Big Eye is at Coogee Beach! Why the importance in the Western Pacific? 为什么这个倡议在西太平洋地区有重要意义呢? IAPB Regional Chair, Amanda Davis: “Myopia is the biggest eye health threat in our region with major costs to countries like Japan, Singapore, Korea and China.  SEDPTC leads the way in awareness amongst children and Big Eye brings the message to children…

Go Sunny For Sight“目”浴阳光 : Paris 巴黎

SEDPTC Myopia Management Mascot
Organisation: Shanghai Eye Disease Prevention and Treatment Center

The first stop for Big Eye is…Paris! Where will Big Eye visit next!? 大眼仔下一站去哪里!? Image on Top: Big Eye at Arc de Triomphe Who is Big Eye? Big Eye Goes Global大眼仔全球环游记} Also read: Big Eye Goes Global 24th China National Sight Day to be observed on June 6

24th China National Sight Day to be observed on June 6

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

6月6日中国第24个全国爱眼日活动敬请关注 All IAPB members and friends across China will be participating in activities to mark 24th China National Sight Day on June 6. Amongst those will be the activities carried out by Shanghai Eye Disease Prevention and Treatment Center (SEDPTC). Many readers will already be familiar with Big Eye, the SEDPTC mascot who teaches children…

Amanda Huang: Committed to Change in China

Country Manager, China
Organisation: The Fred Hollows Foundation
These blog posts are part of the IAPB Gender Equity Work Group's work to raise awareness of gender equity in eye health. Amanda Huang, a public eye health worker from China, is passionate about ending avoidable blindness and vision impairment for people living in rural China. In a country accounting for 20% of the world’s…

Focus On Glaucoma Webinar: China and West Pacific

Communications Manager
Organisation: IAPB
As part of our activities to mark World Glaucoma Week 2019, IAPB presents four webinars to cover the regions of North America, Africa, South East Asia and China/West Pacific for members and partnering organisations to take part in during 10-16 March 2018. The China and West Pacific Webinar will discuss the magnitude of glaucoma prevalence…

2018 in Review: IAPB Western Pacific

Regional Program Manager, Western Pacific
Organisation: International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness
“But what are you doing here?” I got this question a lot as I wrote this, sitting in the Mongolian capital, Ulan Baatar (UB), where it was -27 degrees outside! “We’ve never had a meeting in December. Nobody comes in December!” And really, indeed - why would I come here in December? Simply: because this meeting…

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…

IAPB WPR Focus: Editorial November 2018

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

Hi everyone, Moving into the home-stretch for 2019, IAPB Western Pacific has doubled-down on efforts to address some of our members’ key priorities in eye health. Together with WHO and the Malaysian Ministry of Health, we held a Cataract Surgery Outcomes Meeting in Kuala Lumpur during September; as you read this we are holding another…