Sustainability in Uncertain Times

Marketing Manager
Organisation: CharityVision

In the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic, the need for stability and sustainability weighs heavily, especially on low-income countries. People with vision loss are 17% more likely to suffer from depression. For individuals suffering from visual impairment, the destructive and disruptive effects of the pandemic greatly exacerbate this struggle as they are unable to receive…

Restoring sight in the midst of a pandemic

Cambodia’s top ophthalmologist shares how COVID-19 has changed eye health and why sight-saving work must not stop. COVID-19 has put the world’s health systems to the test. In countries greatly affected by the pandemic, the shortage of hospitals and healthcare workers is reducing people’s access to other important and urgent health services. Among those services…

YWAM Medical Ships COVID-19 Response

The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) is an alliance of civil society organisations, private sector, and professional bodies promoting eye health through advocacy, knowledge and partnerships.
Organisation: IAPB

YWAM Medical Ships – Australia & PNG (YWAM MS) aims to care, connect, serve, and build with individuals and communities within PNG by working in partnership with rural health workers, especially at the district level, to build healthy villages in coastal and inland communities across the Southern Region and Morobe. YWAM MS not only provides…

The Glimmer of Gold in Papua New Guinea amidst COVID-19

Founder Collaborative Vision; Consultant Program Manager PNG, Brien Holden Foundation
Organisation: Collaborative Vision

Acknowledgements: Brien Holden Foundation and Lions Clubs International Foundation It has been a bit of a shake-up this year so far, hasn’t it? Yet, despite the considerable disruption caused by COVID-19 throughout the world, in the Pacific, fast action and island geography have prevented the worst of COVID-19 fallout. Being realistic about how health care…

IAPB WPR Focus: Editorial September 2020

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

From the Physically Distanced Desks of Amanda and Drew… The Coronavirus Crisis continues to challenge the Region including in our world of vision and eye health. For many of us it means the inability to travel and meet, to share latest developments or promote achievements and breakthroughs. For too many of the people served by…

WHO issues guidance to support the resumption of NTD activities in the context of COVID-19

The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) is an alliance of civil society organisations, private sector, and professional bodies promoting eye health through advocacy, knowledge and partnerships.
Organisation: IAPB

The World Health Organization (WHO) has issued interim guidance for the implementation of mass treatment interventions, active case-finding campaigns and population-based surveys in the context of COVID-19 as of 27 July 2020. This interim guidance supersedes earlier guidance published in May 2020. The latest guidance note was developed to inform health authorities, NTD programme managers…

Community Eye Health Journal: COVID-19 issue and smartphone app

The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) is an alliance of civil society organisations, private sector, and professional bodies promoting eye health through advocacy, knowledge and partnerships.
Organisation: IAPB

The Community Eye Health Journal (CEHJ) is a quarterly publication sent free to over 22,000 health care providers worldwide, mainly in Africa, for over 30 years. Our peer-reviewed articles are written by experts and combine clinical topics with public health approaches such as research, planning, management, technology, advocacy and training. New: COVID-19 issue Due to…

IAPB Africa Editorial: COVID-19 impacting eye health in Africa

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

The first half of 2020 was dominated by the initial response to the COVID-19 pandemic which spread across the globe.  IAPB Africa reached out to various stakeholders within the region to see how they were impacted and what kinds of support would be useful. What we learned was that, in Africa, most countries enforced lockdowns…

COVID-19 Video: Managing Inequalities

The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) is an alliance of civil society organisations, private sector, and professional bodies promoting eye health through advocacy, knowledge and partnerships.
Organisation: IAPB

 Vulnerable Populations: Indigenous Eye Health and Covid-19: Australia Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are three times more likely to be blind or vision impaired than other Australians and they are less likely to be able to access essential services such as cataract treatment. Despite inequities such as these, less than 1% of Covid-19…

COVID-19 Video: Considerations for Ageing Populations

The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) is an alliance of civil society organisations, private sector, and professional bodies promoting eye health through advocacy, knowledge and partnerships.
Organisation: IAPB

As this vulnerable population faces heightened risk for serious health complications due to COVID-19, we will look at the impact of COVID-19 on ageing populations and explore the key supports and services to protect eye health and vision during the pandemic. We have three videos on the topic, “Considerations for Ageing Populations”, an interview with…

UN Response to COVID19 and Eye Health Webinar: Round up

Membership Services Manager
Organisation: IAPB

Eye Health and COVID-19: the Response at the United Nations On Tuesday 9th June Last week, IAPB Head of Policy and Advocacy, Jessica Crofts-Lawrence chaired a webinar with Ambassador Aubrey Webson, Permanent Representative to the United Nations for Antigua and Barbuda, and Chair of the UN Friends of Vision and Robert Skinner, Executive Director of the…

Digital Technology webinars: A Round-up

Communications Manager
Organisation: IAPB

IAPB was delighted to host two webinars on the role of digital strategies and innovations in delivering eye health during the COVID-19 pandemic. On 19 May, Jude Stern, our Head of Knowledge, spoke to Prof Tien Wong, Medical Director, Singapore National Eye Centre (SNEC) on the role of digital technologies in delivering eye care. The…

The future of vision care will require reinvention

Global Executive Director
Organisation: Vision Impact Institute

Over the past several weeks, the world has experienced what journalists and politicians (and even our friends) call the “new normal.” Homes have transformed into offices and classrooms, in-person conferences have shifted to digital platforms, and our routine way of living has been challenged in ways we never anticipated. Due to this active pandemic, our…

Impact of COVID-19 on eye care in SEA region

The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) is an alliance of civil society organisations, private sector, and professional bodies promoting eye health through advocacy, knowledge and partnerships.
Organisation: IAPB
COVID-19 has had a tremendous impact on eye care delivery across the globe. Country chairs and directors list out the specific impact in their countries. Bangladesh In terms of NGO eye hospital operations across the country, a brief is given below and the government has already issued a guideline and it been strictly followed. All…

Preliminary findings of Nepal RAAB

IAPB South East Asia Regional Coordinator
Organisation: IAPB

The ongoing RAAB survey in Nepal has been halted due to current Covid-19 crisis in the country. Nepal introduced a new political system in 2015, under which there are 7 provinces in the country. Under this, the health administration and planning is the responsibility of the provincial government.  The aim with the RAABs is that…

Dr. K. Zaman BNSB Eye Hospital continuing their services during the Covid-19 pandemic

The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) is an alliance of civil society organisations, private sector, and professional bodies promoting eye health through advocacy, knowledge and partnerships.
Organisation: IAPB
The World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 as a pandemic on 11th March 2020. Like the rest of the world, Bangladesh is also facing the toll of this highly transmissible zoonotic disease. The spread can be delayed or more precisely flattened by isolation of cases, quarantine of contacts and social distancing of non-infected people. Bangladesh…

Webinar: Eye health and COVID-19: the response at United Nations

The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) is an alliance of civil society organisations, private sector, and professional bodies promoting eye health through advocacy, knowledge and partnerships.
Organisation: IAPB

Eye Health and COVID-19: the Response at the United Nations On Tuesday 9th June We are also delighted to announce a webinar on “Eye health and COVID-19: the response at United Nations” with Ambassador Aubrey Webson, Permanent Representative of Antigua and Barbuda to the UN, and Chair of the UN Friends of Vision; Robert Skinner, Executive Director at…

International Nurses’ Day : Experiences from Spain and Barbados

The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) is an alliance of civil society organisations, private sector, and professional bodies promoting eye health through advocacy, knowledge and partnerships.
Organisation: IAPB
On International Nurse’s Day, accounts from Spain and Barbados... Javier Medina Hello! I am a nurse in Spain, specifically in Southern Spain, in Seville. I work in a private health clinic, which belongs to a national network of clinics dedicated exclusively to ophthalmology called Miranza. We carry out all kind of interventions related to ophthalmology,…

International Nurse’s Day: Coping with COVID-19 (USA)

I have been a nurse for over 40 years, with thirtysomething of those being in ophthalmic nursing.  Currently, I serve as the nurse in a busy ophthalmic clinic with 2 ophthalmologists and 2 optometrists, and serve as the nursing director of our ophthalmic ASC.  In one way, my education and nursing experiences have prepared me to manage…