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…

Environmental and Financial Sustainability Go Hand-in-Hand at Eye Hospitals

Director, Innovation & Sight Program
Organisation: Seva Foundation

I’ve worked with dozens of eye hospitals around the world through the Seva Foundation’s Global Sight Initiative network. In recent years, I’ve seen growing evidence that environmental and financial sustainability are interconnected. It’s also become increasingly clear that both types of sustainability can play a pivotal role in supporting a hospital’s ability to increase access…

How the Trust is tackling blindness caused by diabetes in India

Communications Manager
Organisation: The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust

On World Diabetes Day, Annike Spiller, The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust on how the Trust is tackling blindness caused by diabetes in India. India is home to the highest number of people with diabetes in the Commonwealth. It’s the country’s fastest growing disease, affecting nearly 73 million people. Diabetes and its impact Diabetes can be…

How do we ensure eye care is everywhere?

President and CEO
Organisation: Operation Eyesight Universal

We tend to know why children and adults do not access eye care services – poverty, inability to access services, uninformed about solutions to poor vision, the stigma involved, and the list goes on… Knowing the “why” is the easy part. What we are all working towards is the “how.” How do we eliminate those…

New research reveals glasses boost worker productivity

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

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…

Eye care delivery and environmental impact workshop at Aravind

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

Eye care delivery and environmental impact – Creating an Environmentally Sustainable Eye Care Delivery will be held at Aravind Eye Hospital, Pondicherry from September 21 – 22, 2018(Fri–Sat) as part of this year’s October Summit. October Summit 2018 is the twelfth annual series of workshops and consultations held in honour of the birth anniversary of Aravind’s founder, Dr. G. Venkataswamy.…

Ocular Prosthesis Workshop at Susrut Eye Foundation

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 Susrut Eye Foundation & Research Centre and ASCO are organising a five-day workshop on Ocular Prosthesis from July 2- July 6, 2018. The workshop in the arts and science of Ocular Prosthesis will include didactic lectures, demonstrations and guided hands on training for all the participants. It will provide an enriching experience to the…

Pediatric Optometry Workshop at Susrut Eye Foundation & Research Centre

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

A Pediatric Optometry Workshop jointly organised by Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry and Susrut Eye Foundation & Research Centre will be held from January 11 to 13, 2018 in Kolkata, India. Venue: Susrut Eye Foundation & Research Centre, HB-36/A/1, Sector-III, Salt Lake City, Kolkata-700106 Open to Interns and 3rd year students Deadline to register: Monday, 1 January,…

ROP in India: Change Is On the Horizon

Director of Programmes
Organisation: The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust

On World Prematurity Day,  Andrew Cooper, Director of Programmes, The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust writes on the Trust’s work on ROP and talks about a visit seeing some of their work in India. Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP) is a heart-breaking disease that causes blindness in babies born prematurely. It occurs when they are administered…

Cataract and Mental Health

Cataract and mental health: Impact of cataract surgery on the psychosocial challenges faced by people affected by the condition in India Elizabeth Kurian and Pankaj Vishwakarma from Mission for Vision write about the psychological impact of cataract surgery analysed using their system PRISM. The association between poor vision and mental health can have negative psychosocial consequences…

PRISM: Measuring the impact of Cataract Surgery

Poverty is a cause and effect of visual and other disabilities that increases social divide. Eradicating avoidable blindness enhances productivity. It thus impacts the many millions who are stuck in the vicious cycle of poverty and poverty-induced disability. Cataract remains the main cause of avoidable blindness across the world. If treated late or left untreated,…

Millennials Work to Heal Blindness

Head of Orbit, Oculoplasty,Ocular Oncology & Ocular Prosthetics Services, Director - Mid level ophthalmic Personnel Training
Organisation: Aravind Eye Care System

At Aravind Eye Care System in India, we have trained 6500 high school graduates over the last 35 years to work as ophthalmic assistants. We call our core workforce of ophthalmic assistants mid-level ophthalmic paramedics (MLOPs). They are also known as Allied Ophthalmic Personnel (AOP). As we marked International Nurses Day last week, I am…