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…

VISION 2020 national bodies: India

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 CEO of Vision 2020 India, Phanindra Nukella (with inputs from Mr R.D. Thulsiraj, the first President of Vision 2020 India), writes about the impact of a VISION 2020 national body that formally brings together the government of India and the eye health sector under its umbrella. This interview is part of the Vision Excellence Awards…

Mapping of the Human Resources and Infrastructure on Eye Health in India underway

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

New Delhi: VISION 2020: The Right to Sight – INDIA is one of the members in the 17 member national committee formed by National Control for Prevention of Blindness and Visual Impairment (NPCB&VI), Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India for collaborating with Dr R P Centre for Ophthalmic Sciences, AIIMS, New Delhi…

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…

Reach Out Programme for 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

Susrut Eye Foundation & Research Centre, based out of Kolkata, West Bengal, India has initiated ‘Reach Out Programme for Eye Emergency’ in India due to circumstances created by the COVID-19 pandemic To address the challenge, Susrut collaborated with local Police Commissionerate (Bidhannagar Police) to identify the patients who need emergency services. Seeking support of Police…

Glaucoma in Rural India

V S T Glaucoma Centre, Kallam Anji Reddy Campus
Organisation: LV Prasad Eye Institute

For World Glaucoma Week, Nikhil Choudhari and Rohit Khanna on glaucoma in rural India… Glaucoma is recognized as one of the leading causes of irreversible blindness across the world. According to a 2010 estimate, the number of people with glaucoma was 11 million and another 24 million were at risk of the disease in India.1 A…

Tackling glaucoma in India and Nigeria

Chief Global Technical Lead
Organisation: Sightsavers

For World Glaucoma Week, Imran Khan on Keep Sight, which is tackling glaucoma in Nigeria and India… “My sight went in one eye about a year ago, and then in the other six months later. The consultant has told me that my sight could have been saved if I’d have come here sooner. I just don’t…

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…

Orbis: Saving Vision and Changing Children’s Lives Across the World

Director of Research and North Asia Strategy
Organisation: Orbis International

On Universal Children’s Day, Nathan Congdon on Orbis saving vision and changing children’s lives across the world. The pyramid of children’s vision Orbis has been working to change lives through the prevention and treatment of avoidable blindness since 1982. A large focus of this work has been treating cases of childhood blindness.  The numerous conditions…

Lions Fight Diabetes

Manager, Global Health Initiatives
Organisation: Lions Clubs International Foundation

On World Diabetes Day, Gillian Gibbs on how Lions fight Diabetes with a focus on a massive programme being implemented in Kerala, India. Diabetes is a primary cause for the Lions, one they voted for themselves.  Lions see and feel the effects of diabetes in the communities they serve, and they want to help.  To…

SightLife: 50 Years of Transforming Lives

CEO
Organisation: SightLife

Our Beginning In 1969, the Northwest Lions in Seattle, WA founded an eye bank inspired by three people who wanted to help local citizens in need of a corneal transplant. At that time, the Northwest Lions Eye Bank was a volunteer-driven organization – proudly placing 40 corneas for transplant in the first year. Fast forward…

Combat Blindness International: 35 years of Vision

Chairman
Organisation: Combat Blindness International

This year Combat Blindness International (CBI) will celebrate 35 years of service in alleviating avoidable blindness around the world. I am eternally grateful for support from friends, partners and well-wishers of CBI.  This 35-year journey has been the most meaningful part of my career as an ophthalmologist.  It feeds my life and my soul. In…

Masters in Hospital Administration at Susrut Eye Foundation & Research Centre

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 Susrut Eye Foundation and Research Centre is offering admission in their newly-started Masters in Hospital Administration course.  Susrut Eye Foundation and Research Centre is a tertiary care eye hospital operating in eastern India. They are a recognized teaching and training institute by the Govt. of West Bengal. This is a one of a kind…

Master of Optometry at Susrut Eye Foundation & Research Centre

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 Susrut Eye Foundation and Research Centre is offering admission in their newly-started Master of Optometry course.  Susrut Eye Foundation and Research Centre is a tertiary care eye hospital operating in eastern India. They are a recognized teaching and training institute by the Govt. of West Bengal. This is a one of a kind course…

Ophthalmic Nursing Assistants from L V Prasad Eye Institute are Making a Mark

Shobha Mocherla, Sreedevi Yadavalli, Chaitanya Nelluri on the difference Ophthalmic Nursing Assistants–a new cadre–are making. The Ophthalmic Nursing Assistant (ONA) is a relatively new cadre of human resources for eye care service delivery. They build capacity based on the concept of “task shifting” advocated by the World Health Organization (‘Working Together for Health’ Report 2006).…

Delivering eye care in Eastern India

Marketing and Communication Manager
Organisation: Siliguri Greater Lions Eye Hospital

New IAPB Member the Siliguri Greater Lions Eye Hospital introduce themselves… The lack of early eye health intervention in the Indian healthcare scenario especially in North Bengal poses a deep challenge. North Bengal’s mountainous terrains covered with lush green tea bushes and hard to reach hamlets have a huge population to whom access to eye…

Impact of Cataract surgery among vulnerable communities in India: A Gender Perspective

Elizabeth Kurian and Prem Kumar SG look at impact of cataract surgery on women beneficiaries… The Context 55% of the world’s vision impaired are women. In industrialised countries this is because women live longer than men, but in non-industrialised settings, where cataract is responsible for most blindness, it is simply because women do not get to access services with…

Nunpuii: Inspiring Young Women in India’s North-East

These blog posts are part of the IAPB Gender Equity Work Group's work to raise awareness of gender equity in eye health. A Mission for Vision partner story...  H Lalnunpuii, is a Project Optometrist at the Synod Hospital, Aizawl, Mizoram, India. What are some of the challenges you have faced in your journey? As a…

Khairunissa: Gender Balance in Rural India

These blog posts are part of the IAPB Gender Equity Work Group‘s work to raise awareness of gender equity in eye health. A Mission for Vision partner story… Khairunissa, 68, has been working with Mission for Vision partner Tulsi Chanrai Eye Hospital as a social worker since the inception of the hospital in 1994 at…

First Project under the IAPB-Rotary International Service Partnership

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

The IAPB-Rotary International Service Partnership aims to join IAPB member agencies with Rotary Clubs around the world to jointly design, fund and implement eye care projects around the world.  IAPB and Rotary International (RI) signed an MOU in 2017 making the IAPB-RI partnership one of only five service partnerships in RI’s portfolio. The first pilot…