Dr. K. Zaman BNSB Eye Hospital continuing their services during the Covid-19 pandemic

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 World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 as a pandemic on 11th March 2020. Like the rest of the world, Bangladesh is also facing the toll of this highly transmissible zoonotic disease. The spread can be delayed or more precisely flattened by isolation of cases, quarantine of contacts and social distancing of non-infected people. Bangladesh…

VisionSpring Covid19 Response: Dispatch from the Field

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
In response to a new global challenge, on the day after Good Friday, eight VisionSpring India team members formed a convoy to deliver food kits to 100 of Delhi’s most vulnerable families. 18 days earlier, the Indian government had issued a strict stay at home order to over one billion people in response to COVID-19.…

Operation Eyesight’s COVID-19 Response

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
Background We are facing unprecedented times for everyone’s health and well-being. As an international development organization, Operation Eyesight’s mission is to prevent avoidable blindness and restore sight. A large part of our programming is community outreach and due to COVID19, our eye health programs in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa have shifted to respond to…

Eye health workers help with COVID response

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 Fred Hollows Foundation has always focused on training local health staff. In the past two years alone we’ve trained more than 100,000 doctors, nurses and community health workers. While they usually focus on eye health, in a global pandemic like Covid-19 many are being redeployed to help with the growing health crisis. On normal…

OneSight Launches Free Online Vision Check Tool

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
Provides Parents an Opportunity to Check Children’s Vision During Stay-at-Home Period CINCINNATI, OHIO – April 10, 2020 – OneSight, a leading global vision care nonprofit organization, today launched a free online vision check tool. The tool is designed especially for parents to use with their children, that will determine whether refractive errors exist, as well…

Recursos COVID-19: esto es lo que sabemos

Head of Knowledge
Organisation: International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness

La nueva pandemia de coronavirus (COVID-19) de 2019 está cambiando rápidamente la forma en que funcionan las comunidades de salud y desarrollo. Con la proximidad de los profesionales de la salud ocular a los pacientes durante los exámenes oculares y los informes de que el virus puede causar conjuntivitis, COVID-19 tiene implicaciones para los profesionales…

COVID-19 Resources: Here is what we know

Head of Knowledge
Organisation: International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness
The 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19)pandemic is rapidly changing the way the health and development communities are working. With the proximity of eye health professionals to patients during eye examinations and reports that the virus can cause conjunctivitis, COVID-19 has implications for eye health and eye health professionals. Travel restrictions, reprioritisation of health resources and economic…

Singapore Hosts Myopia Summit

Communications Manager
Organisation: IAPB

Myopia is not a public health problem. Definitely not so, when the governments or health systems of the world are tackling so many conditions that end lives or cause severe morbidity. The Singapore Eye Research Institute (SERI) ran a two-day Myopia summit: “Controversies in Myopia”, to debate and discuss various aspects of the Myopia epidemic.…

Job Alert: Seva looking for Program Officer in Latin America and Caribbean

Communications Manager
Organisation: IAPB

Job Announcement – Program Officer, Latin America and Caribbean– Full time. Seva Foundation, Berkeley, CA.  Did you know that 253 million people live with visual impairment and that 80% of visual impairment could be avoided if diagnosed and treated early? Seva is a global nonprofit eye care organization that transforms lives and strengthens communities by restoring sight and preventing blindness. We train local…

IAPB Membership Values

Membership & Fundraising Officer
Organisation: IAPB

The IAPB alliance is committed to delivering eye health for all, everywhere. What values, ethics or precepts will guide us towards this lofty goal? What are the values to which eye care organisations joining our alliance should aspire to? In September 2018, the IAPB Executive Committee actioned a Sub-Committee to put together IAPB’s Membership Values.…

Delivering specialised healthcare to remote communities: YWAM Medical Ships

Communications Manager
Organisation: YWAM Medical Ships - Australia

Anna Scott, YWAM Medical Ships shares the story of the Lapila sisters to show the impact they are making bringing healthcare to remote communities… Four sisters sit nervously lined up on a bench outside the health centre. Three of them have patches on their eyes from their cataract surgeries that had been performed the day before, and…

Serving the Underserved – Global Clinic

Founding Director and Head, Vision Team
Organisation: Global Clinic

Marcus Ang, Founding Director and Head, Vision Team, Global Clinic on Global Clinic’s mission focussing on their work in Okpho, Myanmar… In July last year, Global Clinic joined the International Agency for Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) alliance, to further and support its work in the prevention of blindness among communities in Asia and Africa. Conducting medical…

Uganda’s First Batch of Optometrists

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

Today marks the momentous occasion of Uganda’s first batch of optometrists graduating at Makerere University in Kampala after completing the first optometry degree ratified in Uganda. The graduating optometrists are the first locally trained optometrists for their country and will act as the primary eye carers for optometry services for the population. Uganda is one…

Sad News: Uduak Udom

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 World Council of Optometry has announced the sad news that their Immediate Past President, optometric colleague and friend, Dr. Uduak Udom has passed away after a long and courageous battle with illness. Dr Udom was also an IAPB Eye Health Hero–one of our very first. The WCO notice notes her commitment to the organisation…

Are you working in Burkina Faso? New Eye Care Coalition launched!

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 new eye care coalition in Burkina Faso is launched. Light for the World, CBM and Helen Keller International relaunched the coalition of NGOs working in Eye Health in Burkina Faso on Tuesday 27th November 2018. Burkina Health Foundation, Sightsavers and Vision Aid Overseas also support this initiative, although they could not attend the first…

Swiss Red Cross expands eye care network in Kyrgyzstan

International Cooperation, Communications Department
Organisation: Swiss Red Cross

Carmen Steimann, Swiss Red Cross on their eye care programme in Kyrgyzstan. Poverty can be one of the causes of blindness, as it is one of the barriers in accessing care. We at the Swiss Red Cross (SRC) are working in various countries to break this vicious circle. In 2016, we launched an eye care programme…

Quality of life and productivity gains for textile workers provided near vision correction : A study

Communications Manager / Project Officer - Public Health
Organisation: Brien Holden Vision Institute

An estimated 1.1 billion people had uncorrected near vision impairment globally in 2015,1 with the majority of it occurring in developing countries. In some locations it has been found that over 90% of people don’t have the near vision spectacles that they need. 2,3 The impact of uncorrected presbyopia on people’s lives has gone largely…