Overcoming Barriers and Scaling Glaucoma Treatment in Africa

Clinical Associate Professor of Ophthalmology, Kellogg Eye Center for International Ophthalmology and Clinical Associate Professor at The University of Tennessee
Organisation: Kellogg Eye Center for International Ophthalmology
For World Glaucoma Week, Dr Scott Lawrence, Kellogg Eye Center for International Ophthalmology (KECIO) at the University of Michigan, writes about the three "As" of Glaucoma care in Africa. I had recently moved from my comfortable academic practice in the United States to work full-time in Ethiopia when SG, a 45-year-old mother of three young children, pushed…


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

On International Women’s Day, Victoria Sheffield,  President & CEO, International Eye Foundation and Vice President, IAPB reminisces on her journey in eye care… My wonderful opportunities to build strong friendships, working relationships, and trust were not given lightly, but working hard and proving oneself attracts amazing people who help along the way. I began my…

Noor Dubai advocates for gender balance in eye healthcare in light of International Women’s Day

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

Dubai, UAE, March 7, 2018: In celebration of International Women’s Day, Noor Dubai Foundation (Noor Dubai) highlighted its efforts in promoting gender balance in eye healthcare in developing countries. Noor Dubai Foundation aims to empower women through the gift of sight in line with the directives of the UAE government and the United Nations 2030…

2018 – Members share their highlights

Membership & Fundraising Officer
Organisation: IAPB
2018 has been a fantastic year for the IAPB alliance. We finish 2018 with over 150 members and a couple of new members are set to join us early 2019. As this year comes to a close, we wanted to share with you some of the highlights from across the alliance; we asked a cross…

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…

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…

Orbis Flying Eye Hospital Project Celebrates 20 Years of Eye Care in Ethiopia

Orbis just wrapped its three-week Flying Eye Hospital project in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia celebrating their 20th anniversary of sight saving work in the country. The Federal Ministry of Health and the Ophthalmological Society of Ethiopia partnered with the international NGO to train local eye care teams in adult and pediatric surgery techniques, hosted by the…

Photo Competition Stories: Gezaw Sheferaw

Communications Coordinator
Organisation: IAPB

The World Sight Day Photo Competitions have attracted a lot of quality submissions from around the world; each with a story to tell. This post is about Gezaw Sheferaw, an Ethiopian farmer with cataract in one eye. The pictures and inputs have been provided by Ulrich Eigner, on assignment with Light for the World. Thank you…

Photo Competition Stories: Eye care in Ethiopia

Communications Coordinator
Organisation: IAPB
The World Sight Day Photo Competitions have attracted a lot of quality submissions from around the world; each with a story to tell. This post is about Graham Coates' assignment with Vision Aid Overseas in Ethiopia. The pictures and inputs have been provided by Graham – Thank you Graham! Farmers waiting their turn to get their vision screened/ Photo…

Eye Bank of Ethiopia Celebrates 15 Years of Service

Communications Manager
Organisation: Himalayan Cataract Project

Partners in eye care, Orbis International, Himalayan Cataract Project and SightLife honor milestone for the highest volume eye bank in sub-Saharan Africa. For the past 15 years the Eye Bank of Ethiopia has worked tirelessly to reverse corneal blindness in the country through the collection and processing of donor corneas. Founded through an agreement between…

Kellogg-led ophthalmology resident programme grows in Ethiopia

Communications Manager for Global REACH
Organisation: University of Michigan Medical School

Only a few years old, a nascent ophthalmology residency programme at Ethiopia’s St. Paul Hospital Millennium Medical Center in Addis Ababa is growing both in size and scope. Established in 2015 in partnership with the Kellogg Eye Center for International Ophthalmology, the programme welcomed their third class of residents in 2017, bringing the number of resident trainees to…

LSHTM to lead research project for trachoma elimination

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 London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine is to lead a major new research project that aims to accelerate the elimination of trachoma. Stronger-SAFE is a £3.9m Wellcome Trust funded project that will increase the understanding of how trachoma is transmitted, and hopefully lead to the development and testing of new, more effective interventions and treatment…

Record-breaking numbers of surgeries and drug distributions result in trachoma decline

Communications Manager
Organisation: IAPB

A Trachomatous Trichiasis  (TT) Case finder examines a child’s eyes in Kenya’s Mara district. An increase in surgeries and drug distribution programmes are contributing to a steady decline in trachoma prevalence, the latest progress report from the World Health Organization Alliance for the Global Elimination of Trachoma by 2020 (GET2020 Alliance) shows. The WHO Weekly Epidemiological Record,…

Vision Aid Overseas launches urgent Appeal for Ethiopia

Communications Manager
Organisation: IAPB

Vision Aid Overseas has launched an urgent appeal to help train and support 20 final year optometry students at Hawassa University College of Health and Medical Sciences in Ethiopia. With fewer than three qualified optometrists per million in Ethiopia, the charity is seeking to raise a minimum of £9, 950 to help provide essential practical…

Africa Day : The Remoteness of Eye Health in Ethiopia

Content Manager
Organisation: The Fred Hollows Foundation

For Africa Day, Matthew Smeal, Content Manager, The Fred Hollows Foundation recalls a recent trip to Oromia Province in Ethiopia documenting the work of their teams working to screen for trachoma and surgically treat trachiasis. Large grey rocks blanket the road and surrounding area, creating a barren, moonlike landscape. It is basalt, left over from volcanic eruptions…