The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 2020

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

Updated on 16 April Coronavirus and the 2020 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Rwanda Statement by The Commonwealth Secretariat The next Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) is scheduled for June 2020 in Kigali in Rwanda. The Commonwealth Secretariat and the Government of Rwanda are monitoring developments regarding the spread and impact of the…

Session on the Africa Regional Plan

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

A big thank you to all who attended the IAPB Council of Members Session on The Africa Regional Plan.  We had a full house and rich and fruitful engagement from all participants.  The session covered the implementation of the IAPB Africa 2019-2022 Workplan and highlighted opportunities for member organisations to engage with it.  When originally…

IAPB Council of Members 2019 Round-up

Communications Manager
Organisation: IAPB

The Council this year in Dar es Salaam brought together many strands of IAPB’s work. In the run-up to next year’s Global Assembly 2020, the Council showcased and discussed key themes that will light up our programme next year. Sessions covered a range of topics, including gender equity, climate-action, programme delivery, fundraising and Advocacy for…

2019 in Review: Highlights from IAPB Africa

Regional Programme Coordinator
Organisation: International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB)
2019 has been a jam-packed year. We’ve had key launches (more on them below) of which the most notable for global eye health is the World Report on Vision. IAPB also returned to the African continent after the 10GA in Durban (in 2016) to Dar es Salaam for its Council. This was a very fruitful…

Improving eye health: learning from the Avoidable Blindness Programme of The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust

Director of Programmes
Organisation: The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust
When I joined the Trust in early 2013, I was new to the field of avoidable blindness and eye health, although I had been involved in supporting systems change for quite some time. Six years later, I am still not an expert in eye health, but our programmes across the Commonwealth have generated lots of…

What exactly is the World Report on Vision?!

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) launched a new report on World Sight Day this year: the World Report on Vision. The World Report on Vision provides the best available evidence on the global magnitude of eye conditions and vision impairment, takes stock of progress made and the remaining challenges facing the eye care sector,…

The Community Eye Health Journal is now available via 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

Free access to articles in community eye health: ophthalmology, optometry, eye nursing and eye care delivery The Community Eye Health Journal (CEHJ) is now available as an app for smartphones and tablets. The CEHJ app can be downloaded free of charge from the App Store (iOS devices) and Google Play. The app provides free online…

Inaugural World Ophthalmic Nursing Forum

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

This event is supported by ophthalmic nursing associations and networks around the world. It will offer nurses the first opportunity to meet on the global stage, and network with a wide range of colleagues across global eye care. The Forum is free to nurses who register to attend the IAPB Global Assembly scheduled for the…

Looking Back, Looking Forward

Volunteer Engagement Manager
Organisation: OneSight

As the OneSight contingent left to return to their various home countries from this past Council of Members meeting, we all agreed: this is an exciting time to be part of the vision care movement. Organizations pulling together to support each other in pursuing the goal of ending preventable blindness and vision impairment. This was…

CBM’s reflections from the IAPB Council of Members

Dr Irmela Erdmann, Dr Manfred Moerchen and Dr Demissie Tadesse, members of the CBM team share their thoughts and learning from their involvement in different sessions at the IAPB Council of Members. Inclusion and equity in eye health After many months of preparation, CBM and Sightsavers finally met for the interactive workshop “Leaving no one…

Council of Members: Learning from experts and opportunity to convene and discuss vital issues

Manager, Global Health Initiatives
Organisation: Lions Clubs International Foundation

Congratulations to IAPB on another successful Council of Members (CoM) meeting!  For all of us in the global eye health community, the CoM is a pivotal opportunity to learn from leading experts through engaging plenaries and breakout sessions. To explore collaboration opportunities with partners, to share lessons learned and best practices with colleagues and to…

On the move to systemic change in Eye Health

International Director Programmes, Advocacy and Strategic Partnerships
Organisation: Light for the World

The IAPB Council of Members held its promise of offering a unique platform for exchange with the international Eye Health community. I came back truly inspired from Tanzania! For me the Council of Members has once again crystallised the need to continue to intensify efforts to strengthen human resources for Eye Health. The need to…

Winners of the #VisionFirst Photo Competition

Communications Manager
Organisation: IAPB

Today is the day! Here are the winners of the 2019 VisionFirst! Photo Competition. We have 1 winner each and 5 runners-up each in two categories: Professional and Amateur. Before we take a look at the winning entries, a big shout-out to all our submitters, including those of you who come back to us year…

WHO Launches the World Report on Vision

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) launches this crucial framework for eye health delivery on the eve of World Sight Day 2019. Dr Alarcos Cieza speaking at the launch of the World Report on Vision in Geneva.  The World Health Organization (WHO) and their partners from the eye health sector, including the International Agency for the…

COECSA 2020

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 College of Ophthalmology of Eastern Central and Southern Africa (COECSA) and Ophthalmological Society of Malawi (OSM) will bring you the 8th Annual Scientific Congress from 19-21 August 2020. At Bingu Wa Mutharika International Convention Centre, Lilongwe, Malawi. More information here

WOC2020 in Beautiful and Historic Cape Town

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

From June 26-29, join your colleagues in Cape Town, South Africa, for the World Ophthalmology Congress (WOC) of the International Council of Ophthalmology (ICO). “We are expecting to host more than 10,000 delegates from countries around the globe with innovative events aligned with VISION 2020’s mission to eliminate preventable blindness,” said Kgaogelo Edward Legodi, MD, WOC2020 president and…