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…

ICO Events: WOC 2018 Round-up

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 total of 8,000 participants from 146 countries benefited from the WOC2018 scientific programme that included the latest developments in eye health, eye disease management, and ophthalmic education. Spread over four days, more than 400 sessions and 623 e-posters were presented.  The WOC2018 scientific programme proved to be an incredibly valuable learning experience. We invite…

2019 SightFirst Research Grants

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 deadline to submit Letters of Intent (LOI) for the 2019 SightFirst Research Program is December 3, 2018. The Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) provides funds to support public health research initiatives that evaluate and directly influence the operation of the SightFirst program, Lions’ premier initiative to strengthen eye care systems in underserved communities. SightFirst research…

China National Sight Day 2018

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

The 23rd “China National Sight Day” will be conducted on Wednesday June 6th, 2018 with the theme “correct myopia scientifically; care for children’s eye health”.  All across China our members and friends will be taking part in activities to ensure that child-centred activities promoting eye health are a reality. IAPB are proud to bring you…

Haiti’s First Optometry School Opens

Communications Manager
Organisation: IAPB

The Brien Holden Vision Institute, Optometry Giving Sight, VOSH International and partners celebrated the momentous occasion of opening the first optometry school in Haiti. The initial 19 students are the pioneers of their profession for Haiti. They have been recruited by I’Université d’État d’Haïti to begin their five year Optometry and Vision Science degree. Once qualified, these…

Al Basar Marks 25 Years in Sudan

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

On 5th April, 2018, Al Basar International Foundation (BIF) celebrated their 25th year anniversary  in Sudan. This coincided with the integration of the newly built Khartoum Ophthalmic Technical College as well as the graduation of the 9th batch of graduates. These events were attended by key government officials as well as representatives from international NGOs.…

Our Children’s Vision – Global partners gather in Sri Lanka

Communications Manager
Organisation: IAPB

Ambakandawila, Sri Lanka, February 5-6, 2017: Our Children’s Vision, the global initiative upscaling, accelerating and expanding eye health services to more children around the world, is set to host dozens of representatives from their international partner base. The meeting is bringing together leaders in the eye health and development field to scrutinize health integration models…

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…

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…

My Involvement in Aboriginal Vision Programmes

Brien Holden Vision Institute Project Manager, Aboriginal Vision NSW
Organisation: Brien Holden Vision Institute

On International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, Colina Waddell, Brien Holden Vision Institute Project Manager, Aboriginal Vision NSW writes about her work with Aboriginal community. I feel privileged to have worked for the past 17 years with Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services in the state of New South Wales on the East coast of Australia.…

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…

Vision for Nation screens 2 million in Rwanda

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

Vision for a Nation (VFAN) has reached a significant milestone this month with the delivery of the 2 millionth eye screening in Rwanda. Since 2012, they have trained 2,700 Rwandan Ministry of Health nurses to provide eye care services at the country’s 502 local health centres. VFAN has integrated the services within Rwanda’s national health…

VLEG Data–Frequently Asked Questions

Communications Manager
Organisation: IAPB
Here are some FAQs about the new Vision Loss Expert Group (VLEG) data (our VLEG FAQs!). Do leave your questions below this post as comments (if you have any more) and we will update this post. Where can I access the new data on blindness and visual impairment prevalence? The new data is available for…