Pioneering Community-Based Ivermectin Distribution in Cameroon

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

When Merck and Company made Mectizan® available for mass distribution, grants from the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and the River Blindness Foundation enabled IEF to pioneer the first “community-based” Mectizan® distribution programme in Africa. This was done in 1990 in collaboration with Africare in Adamawa Province, Nigeria.  At the same time, the first…

US National Eye Institute celebrates 50th Anniversary

Program Manager
Organisation: International Eye Foundation

The U.S. National Eye Institute (NEI) recently held its 50th anniversary on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on 21 March 2018. Despite the unusual March blizzard, about 100 people were in attendance for this milestone celebration which included IEF’s President, and IAPB Vice-President Victoria M Sheffield. Other individuals from IAPB member organisations: Torrey de Keyser, Board…

Rotary Partners with IAPB Members to Prevent Eye Disease

Communications Manager
Organisation: IAPB

EVANSTON, IL (August 7, 2017) — About 80 percent of the world’s 285 million visually impaired people have treatable eye diseases, according to the World Health Organization. Rotary and the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) aim to promote eye health to underserved communities. Under the one-year partnership signed today by Rotary International…