IAPB LA Regional Activities for first quarter of 2020

Regional Chair for IAPB Latin America
Organisation: IAPB

For the first quarter of 2020, IAPB Latin America region will carry forward three main regional activities, which are: 1). The biannual meeting for the Center for Integral Attention for Visual Disability (CADIVI) at Hospital Nuestra Señora de la Luz (IAPB member) with primary focus on Visual Rehabilitation. This will be led by two main…

Orbis International: Scaling up to meet the rising tide of diabetic retinopathy world-wide

Vice President, The Americas
Organisation: Orbis International

On World Diabetes Day, how Orbis International is scaling up to meet the rising tide of diabetic retinopathy world-wide… Global blindness and vision impairment will triple by 2050 due to the growing (as well as ageing) world’s population. At the same time, lifestyle changes are leading to the rapid increase in diabetes; a disease that…

SightLife: 50 Years of Transforming Lives

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…

Glaucoma in Latin America

Professor and Head of Ophthalmology, University Favaloro School of Medical Sciences and President-Elect World Glaucoma Association
Organisation: University Favaloro School of Medical Sciences
For World Glaucoma Week, Dr Fabian Lerner discusses glaucoma in Latin America—a region where prevalence is poorly understood... Little is known about the prevalence of glaucoma in Latin America, as very few population-based studies are published in the literature. Moreover, there is no "one" population in Latin America, as, even within a country there are…

Strategising to strengthen HReH in Latin America

Clínica Internacional de la Visión del Ecuador, Centro de Investigación Integral and IAPB Regional Strategic Advisor for Latin America

Jamie Soria, IAPB Regional Strategic Advisor for Latin America and Luis Perez, IAPB Regional Coordinator for Latin America on outcomes of the IAPB-PAHO workshop in Lima.  Since its inception in the late 1990s, the VISION 2020 initiative led by the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) and the World Health Organization (WHO) has…

Meeting Communities as they are on Indigenous Peoples Day

Executive Director
Organisation: Seva

On International Day of World’s Indigenous Peoples, Kate Moynihan, Executive Director Seva, writes about their diversity and work with indigenous communities.  Seva is an organisation committed to helping people see. And we are also committed to listening.  Carefully. For all of our 40 years, we at Seva have worked hand-in-hand with indigenous communities across the…

Advocating for eye health – An update from IAPB Latin America

Regional Program Manager – Latin America
Organisation: IAPB

IAPB Latin America shares strong partnerships with the stakeholders across the Spanish and Portuguese speaking Americas. Under the umbrella of VISION 2020, key strides towards prevention of blindness have been made in the region. The key activities include but are not limited to, the successful completion of RAABs in all of IAPB’s LA region, strong World…

IAPB welcomes new members

Membership & Fundraising Officer
Organisation: IAPB

IAPB would like to welcome three new Group C members to our coalition, Conselho Brasileiro De Oftalmologia – CBO, Pushpagiri Vitreo Retina Institute and Japan National Society for the Prevention of Blindness. Conselho Brasileiro De Oftalmologia – CBO joined IAPB in April. Founded in 1941, the Brazilian Council of Ophthalmology (CBO) is a scientific and cultural…

IAPB and PAHO to hold workshop on Universal Eye Care

Communications Manager
Organisation: IAPB

Lima, Peru – A joint workshop on Universal Eye Care in Residency Programmes is being held between Pan American Health Organization and IAPB in Lima on August 8, 2017. This workshop is to bring together the Heads of Residency programmes from across Central and Southern America. The focus will be on discussing mechanisms to improve…

A letter from Medellin

Organisation: London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

For optometrists around the world, 14 – 16 August 2015 were a few days that made us feel like we could take over the world (I exaggerate not)! There were over 3,000 delegates present at the first World Congress of Optometry held in ‘the city of eternal spring’–Medellin, Colombia. The congress was held in partnership…

Regional Institute of Ophthalmology, Peru, marks 20 years

Regional Director LAC Program
Organisation: ORBIS

A guest post from Joan McLeod-Omawale, ORBIS International: a window to the good work ORBIS has been doing over the years in the Latin American region. I had the opportunity to participate in the 20th Anniversary Celebrations of our long-term partner, Regional Institute of Ophthalmology (IRO) in Trujillo, Peru on July 10-12. The IRO is…

Regional Action Plan: PAHO

Fundraising and Partnerships Manager
Organisation: IAPB

It’s often difficult to point to tangible and direct outcomes from advocacy actions – but the results from the Latin American Regional workshop hosted by PAHO in April 2013 certainly delivered on eye health.  Supported by IAPB Latin America and Orbis, the three day workshop of Ministry of Health officials, V2020 LA, Orbis, CBM and other…

Universal Eye Health: Three important documents

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 Global Action Plan for Universal Eye Health was adopted last year. The focus now moves to the regions and implementing countries.  Here are the 3 key regional documents that focus upon implementing GAP at the regional level – from the regions of Eastern Mediterranean, Latin America and North America ( together as PAHO) and…