Erna Takazawa: Opening Eyes in Oceania

These blog posts are part of the IAPB Gender Equity Work Group‘s work to raise awareness of gender equity in eye health. Fuiavailili Erna Takazawa is Samoa’s first and only Optometrist. She is also a Council member for Samoa’s Allied Health Council, a workforce support consultant for Fred Hollows Foundation New Zealand and a part-time…

Improving Vision around the world: Introducing the Hawaiian Eye Foundation

Executive Director
Organisation: Hawaiian Eye Foundation

The Hawaiian Eye Foundation since its establishment in 1984, has been dedicated to promoting the preservation, restoration, and improvement of vision for people in the Pacific, and around the world, through charitable service and education programmes. Our mission is simple: to ensure that all people will have access to quality eye care. This is done…

World Sight Day 2018 celebrations in the Western Pacific

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

For World Sight Day 2018, activities were held right across the region, proving this year’s theme “Eye Care Everywhere” has never been more apt. In the UK World Sight Day was trending on twitter – a terrific effort from the IAPB Comms team. Of course, the sun rises on WSD out here in the Western…

Vacancy: Faculty Teaching Ophthalmologist – Suva, Fiji

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 Fred Hollows Foundation NZ (FHFNZ) are recruiting a Faculty Teaching Ophthalmologist to join their Pacific-based programme at Pacific Eye Institute (PEI) in Suva, Fiji in 2019. The person recruited will report to the PEI Director. The Faculty Teaching Ophthalmologist will support the team by teaching, mentoring and assisting trainees. They will participate in surgical clinics…

Fiji, PNG and Tonga launch Vision Atlas

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

Across the South Pacific, members of the eye health fraternity have taken the opportunity of this year’s World Sight Day – Make Vision Count – to launch the Vision Atlas. As a repository of data and advocacy tool the Atlas is particularly important in these far-flung, often remote island nations. Sister Savelina, Diabetic Retinopathy Nurse…

Trachoma in the Western Pacific – end in sight

Regional Program Manager, IAPB Western Pacific
Organisation: IAPB

Screening for trachoma in Papua New Guinea Through strong collaborations and evidence, several governments in the Western Pacific can now claim trachoma is no longer a public health problem. For many more, trachoma elimination is in sight. So where are we with trachoma in the Western Pacific? A national assessment of trachoma conducted in Lao…