Reminiscences

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

On International Women’s Day, Victoria Sheffield,  President & CEO, International Eye Foundation and Vice President, IAPB reminisces on her journey in eye care… My wonderful opportunities to build strong friendships, working relationships, and trust were not given lightly, but working hard and proving oneself attracts amazing people who help along the way. I began my…

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…

Haitian Nurses Find Vision in Primary Eye Care

Programs Director
Organisation: CharityVision

In the most tumultuous and poverty-stricken country in the Western Hemisphere, maintaining hope and vision for life can be a challenge. Because of chronic political and economic instability, an incredible two-thirds of Haiti’s labor force is without a stable job, forcing the majority of the population to struggle and fail to make even basic ends…

Noor Dubai advocates for gender balance in eye healthcare in light of International Women’s Day

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

Dubai, UAE, March 7, 2018: In celebration of International Women’s Day, Noor Dubai Foundation (Noor Dubai) highlighted its efforts in promoting gender balance in eye healthcare in developing countries. Noor Dubai Foundation aims to empower women through the gift of sight in line with the directives of the UAE government and the United Nations 2030…

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…

Nirasha Preethirathne: Breaking Barriers in Sri Lanka

Regional Director - SEAEM
Organisation: Brien Holden Vision Institute

These blog posts are part of the IAPB Gender Equity Work Group‘s work to raise awareness of gender equity in eye health. A. Nirasha Preethirathne, Vision Technician, has been working with the Brien Holden Vision Institute Foundation since 2009. What are some of the challenges you have faced in your journey? After my high-school graduation,…

Erna Takazawa: Opening Eyes in Oceania

These blog posts are part of the IAPB Gender Equity Work Group‘s work to raise awareness of gender equity in eye health. Fuiavailili Erna Takazawa is Samoa’s first and only Optometrist. She is also a Council member for Samoa’s Allied Health Council, a workforce support consultant for Fred Hollows Foundation New Zealand and a part-time…

Amber Naz: Reaching Out In Rural Pakistan

Regional Director - SEAEM
Organisation: Brien Holden Vision Institute

These blog posts are part of the IAPB Gender Equity Work Group‘s work to raise awareness of gender equity in eye health. Amber Naz, a primary health worker from Sohawa, has been providing primary eye care to her community since 2008, but her passion and commitment motivated her to transcend geographical barriers. She is now reaching out…

Amanda Huang: Committed to Change in China

Country Manager, China
Organisation: The Fred Hollows Foundation
These blog posts are part of the IAPB Gender Equity Work Group's work to raise awareness of gender equity in eye health. Amanda Huang, a public eye health worker from China, is passionate about ending avoidable blindness and vision impairment for people living in rural China. In a country accounting for 20% of the world’s…