Pioneering Community-Based Ivermectin Distribution in Cameroon

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

When Merck and Company made Mectizan® available for mass distribution, grants from the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and the River Blindness Foundation enabled IEF to pioneer the first “community-based” Mectizan® distribution programme in Africa. This was done in 1990 in collaboration with Africare in Adamawa Province, Nigeria.  At the same time, the first…

Let’s provide SAFE water

Global Director, Programmes
Organisation: OEU

On the occasion of World Water Day, Kashinath Bhoosnurmath, Alice Mwangi and Patson Tembo from Operation Eyesight Universal highlight the importance of clean water for the prevention of avoidable blindness. Sinazongwe district, Zambia notched a prevalence of blinding trachoma of 14.3%, according to a survey conducted by the Ministry of Health in 2007 (The WHO…

This World Water Day, let’s scale up sustainable trachoma elimination efforts

Immediate Past Chair, International Coalition for Trachoma Control
Organisation: The Fred Hollows Foundation

22 March is World Water Day, a day for raising awareness and taking action to tackle the global water crisis. Today, we highlight and celebrate some of the emerging water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH)-related initiatives that are helping to ensure that trachoma is not just eliminated, but eliminated once and for all. (Photo: Good hygiene…

SDGs: what’s in it for eye health?

Chief Executive of IAPB
Organisation: IAPB

This is a crucial year for the future of development as efforts to design a new global framework to replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) culminates as the UN readies to adopt a new set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at a high-level plenary meeting in New York on 25-27 September 2015. Here Peter Ackland,…