Spearheading change in access to assistive technology: the GREAT Report

IAPB Advocacy Manager
Organisation: IAPB

The resolution WHA71.8 – Improving access to assistive technology calls upon WHO to prepare a global report on effective access to assistive technology (GREAT Report) by 2021. Complementing the World Report on Vision, the GREAT report will be a major tool in spearheading change to overcome the massive unmet need in access to assistive technologies,…

Eyeglasses Improve Quality of Life and Work Productivity

Organisation: VisionSpring
“I was always afraid that due to blurred vision I may lose my job,” confides Hafiza, a sewing machine operator in Bangladesh. “I would continue working even with minor injuries to my fingers caused by the needle.” Hafiza is not alone in her struggle to work with blurry vision. Globally, one-third of workers have uncorrected…

CharityVision: Celebrating 30 Years of Giving Sight Back to the Blind

Organisation: Charity Vision International

Doug Jackson, CEO, CharityVision on celebrating 30 years of giving sight back to the blind… 30 years ago, CharityVision began in the Philippines. Our mission was (and still is) to place the local doctor at the center of the world’s medical crisis. We found qualified local doctors with the desire to help their neighbors and…

The USee: Introducing Global Vision 2020

Director of Communications
Organisation: Global Vision 2020

In January 2019, Global Vision 2020 (GV2020) joined the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness. We are excited about the opportunity to be part of the organization that is leading the fight to end preventable blindness around the world. IAPB will be pivotal to our success as a small non-profit with a unique product.…

The Global Disability Summit – Potential game-changer for disability inclusion, assistive technology and eye care

IAPB Advocacy Manager
Organisation: IAPB

The Global Disability Summit, the first of its kind was held on July 24th at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London. It was hosted by the UK’s Department for International Development, the government of Kenya and the International Disability Alliance.  The Summit aimed to vastly increase the pace breadth and depth of implementation of…

New research reveals glasses boost worker productivity

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 the first Global Disability Summit takes place, new evidence of how a simple pair of glasses can improve workers’ productivity and reduce poverty is published. A trial of Indian tea pickers, has shown that the provision of glasses improved their productivity by 21.7 per cent – and for those aged over 50 the increase…