Bhutan meets the WHO Global Action Plan target on blindness reduction

IAPB South East Asia Regional Coordinator
Organisation: IAPB

Bhutan is one of the countries where a previous nationwide blindness survey exists and can be compared with the latest, the Rapid Assessment of Avoidable Blindness (RAAB) Survey 2018. The 2018 survey’s sampling frame covered the population aged 50 years and older, across all 20  districts of the kingdom. The first RAAB survey in Bhutan…

IAPB Members and Friends Supporting Eye Health in China

Regional Program Manager, Western Pacific
Organisation: International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness

IAPB的成员和伙伴们全力支持中国的眼健康事业: IAPB is very grateful for the work done by the eye health sector in China and the significant impact this has both within China and beyond. We’re proud to have brought you some of these stories during the week of China National Sight Day 2018. IAPB非常感谢中国眼健康部门所做的工作,以及这些工作为中国及其他地区带来的重大影响。我们很荣幸在2018年中国全国爱眼日的这一周里为您带来了一系列的报道。 This would not have been possible without the…

The Bhutan mRAAB Survey Begins

IAPB South East Asia Regional Coordinator
Organisation: IAPB

South East Asia is fortunate. The Lions Clubs International Foundation have yet again supported the region with a Research Grant in 2017 for a RAAB survey in Bhutan (After the surveys in Maldives and East Timor in 2016). The last time Bhutan had a blindness survey (RAAB) was in 2009 and so the 2017 follow-up…

Approved SightFirst Grants August 2017

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 SightFirst Advisory Committee has approved several SightFirst grants in August 2017. The approved grants are for comprehensive eye care services including cataract, diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma treatment, elimination of trachoma and river blindness, uncorrected refractive error in school-children, as well as research grants. Two SightFirst Research grants have been awarded to IAPB for Bhutan…

Maldives Dissemination Workshop

IAPB South East Asia Regional Coordinator
Organisation: IAPB

I am delighted to report back from a successful ‘dissemination workshop’ for data from the first-ever population based RAAB survey in Maldives. The workshop was organized by the WHO country office in Maldives and was graced by the honorable Minister of Health Her Excellency Ms Iruthisham Adam, Dr Tara Prasad Das, IAPB SEA Regional Chair, Prof. Henry Adala, LCIF Technical Advisor, Africa, Deputy Ministers and policy makers of Maldives and other eye care colleagues from the island nation.

The Maldives’ first RAAB—aided by smartphones!

IAPB South East Asia Regional Coordinator
Organisation: IAPB

On the first day of survey data collection we—Me, as the RAAB trainer and Mr Ubeydulla Thoufeeq as the Principal Investigator—were interviewed on live TV regarding the purpose and importance of survey to the country. After two weeks of preparation, I’m back in office and am happy to note that the data collection work is going on full-swing. We are using PEEK’s app for data-collection, which is making the recording of data easy and accurate (I had tested its first use in Nepal too). Data collection should be complete by the end of March and data analysis and result is expected by early April 2016.