Impact of COVID-19 on eye care in SEA region

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
COVID-19 has had a tremendous impact on eye care delivery across the globe. Country chairs and directors list out the specific impact in their countries. Bangladesh In terms of NGO eye hospital operations across the country, a brief is given below and the government has already issued a guideline and it been strictly followed. All…

Preliminary findings of Nepal RAAB

IAPB South East Asia Regional Coordinator
Organisation: IAPB

The ongoing RAAB survey in Nepal has been halted due to current Covid-19 crisis in the country. Nepal introduced a new political system in 2015, under which there are 7 provinces in the country. Under this, the health administration and planning is the responsibility of the provincial government.  The aim with the RAABs is that…

Unpacking Gender Equity Interventions

Knowledge Management Advisor
Organisation: The Fred Hollows Foundation
At The Fred Hollows Foundation we take gender equity seriously. That is why we have a team of researchers, advocators and communicators dedicated to implementing gender programmes as part of our work. “There are no ‘quick programmatic fixes’ to gender equity work. Identifying the problem doesn’t mean that the issue is resolved.” - Anita Afford,…

2019 in Review: Highlights from IAPB South-East Asia

IAPB South East Asia Regional Coordinator
Organisation: IAPB
The year 2019 was crucial for our sector. It is the year before the end of the global campaign of IAPB and WHO Vision 2020 The Right to Sight. It is also the last year of WHO Global Action Plan 2014 – 2019. The Vision 2020 era is ending but our aspirations and global challenges…

RAAB Survey in Nepal

IAPB South East Asia Regional Coordinator
Organisation: IAPB

Nepal is one of the countries in the South-east Asia region where the national blindness survey takes place at regular intervals.  In 1981, the Nepal Blindness survey was one of the only few scientific national blindness surveys. Its results were published by the Seva Foundation (IAPB member).  Based on the survey results, a national master…

Eye Health Expert’s meeting in Kathmandu

IAPB South East Asia Regional Coordinator
Organisation: IAPB

After the global launch of the World Report of Vision (WRV) in October 2019, IAPB South- East Asia (SEA) is working closely with WHO SEARO for its operationalization at the regional level. We have to schedule the regional and national level launch soon to achieve its targets of universal health coverage and Sustainable Development Goals…

New Health Policy in Nepal

IAPB South East Asia Regional Coordinator
Organisation: IAPB

Nepal is a country where eye health services are primarily delivered by non-governmental organizations.  More than 90% of eye health services are delivered by local IAPB members; Nepal Netra Jyoti Sangh and Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology. These local members are supported by members such as CBM (Germany),  Eye Care Foundation (Netherlands), the Himalayan Cataract Project…

First Eye Hospital in Bhutan

IAPB South East Asia Regional Coordinator
Organisation: IAPB

The first ever Eye Hospital in Bhutan is now open at the capital in Thimpu! It was inaugurated by Her Majesty, Gyalyum Kesang Choeden Wangchuck, the Queen Grandmother of Bhutan. IAPB member, the Himalayan Cataract Project (HCP) and Wen Giving Foundation, an organisation based in Malaysia are giving  technical and financial support. HCP is involved…

Sanduk Ruit honoured with Nepal’s Prime Minister National Talent Award

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

Senior ophthalmologist Dr Sanduk Ruit has been honoured with Nepal’s Prime Minister National Talent Award-2075. President Bidhya Devi Bhandari awarded Dr Ruit amidst a special ceremony organised by the Office of Prime Minister and Council of Ministers. The award carries a purse of Rs 500,000 and a citation. The government on 3 December 2017 had…

Reducing childhood blindness in Nepal: the National Programme for Control of Childhood Blindness

IAPB-Country Chair Nepal and Executive Director
Organisation: Nepal Netra Jyoti Sangh

In Nepal, the most blinding conditions among children are preventable; these include – Vitamin A deficiency, Xerophthalmia, measles, ophthalmia neonatorum, eye injuries, congenital cataract and congenital glaucoma.  Refractive error, squint and amblyopia are other common causes for vision impairment, low vision and unilateral blindness. National Programme for Control of Childhood Blindness In 2010, with the…

Eye Care Foundation celebrates 35 successful years

Executive Manager
Organisation: Eye Care Foundation

The Eye Care Foundation together with our partners and IAPB celebrated our 35 Anniversary on 26 August in Kathmandu.  The Honorable Dr. Surendra Kumar Yadav, State Minister for Health and Population graced the occasion. A similar celebration was also organized in Pokhara in the presence of Honorable Mr. Kiran Gurung, Minster for Economic Affairs and…

Finding Knowledge, Attitude and Practice of eye health in Nepal

IAPB-Country Chair Nepal and Executive Director
Organisation: Nepal Netra Jyoti Sangh

In 2017, the Nepal Netra Jyoti Sangh (NNJS) carried out a “knowledge, attitude and practice” national survey to understand the evolving demand for, and knowledge/attitudes for eye care in Nepal. A key aim for the survey was to assess, communicate and address eye health seeking behavior at the community level. Though Nepal is small in…

The Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology celebrates two milestones

IAPB South East Asia Regional Coordinator
Organisation: IAPB

The Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology (TIO), recently celebrated its 25th anniversary on 22nd June 2019.  It also marked another milestone that day – the World Health Organization (WHO) has recognised TIO as a WHO Collaboration Centre of Ophthalmology. TIO is the first Institute in Nepal to receive this recognition in the field of ophthalmology.  A…

USAID launches new $300m programme to tackle Neglected Tropical Diseases

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 United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has launched Act to End Neglected Tropical Diseases | East, a new global programme working to strengthen countries’ abilities to control and eliminate neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). The programme will control and eliminate five neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) in Uganda and twelve other countries. The programme is a…

Sub-Specialty Training is Key to Addressing Glaucoma

Communications Manager
Organisation: Himalayan Cataract Project
For World Glaucoma Week, Angelia Rorison, Himalayan Cataract Project on why sub-Specialty Training is key to Addressing Glaucoma. Access to eye care services is one of the biggest challenges to providing glaucoma treatment in low- and middle-income countries, particularly in rural areas. Routine eye exams and basic treatment are often unavailable. Both are crucial components…

2018 – Members share their highlights

Membership & Fundraising Officer
Organisation: IAPB
2018 has been a fantastic year for the IAPB alliance. We finish 2018 with over 150 members and a couple of new members are set to join us early 2019. As this year comes to a close, we wanted to share with you some of the highlights from across the alliance; we asked a cross…

IAPB: A year in photos 2018

Membership & Fundraising Officer
Organisation: IAPB
January IAPB Gender Equity work group established What a fantastic way to start the year! With The Fred Hollows Foundation, Brien Holden Vision Institute, Seva Foundation, Helen Keller International and Sightsavers at the helm, the group provides an important forum for raising awareness, sharing ideas and disseminating evidence on gender equity approaches. A New Ray…

How do we ensure eye care is everywhere?

President and CEO
Organisation: Operation Eyesight Universal

We tend to know why children and adults do not access eye care services – poverty, inability to access services, uninformed about solutions to poor vision, the stigma involved, and the list goes on… Knowing the “why” is the easy part. What we are all working towards is the “how.” How do we eliminate those…

Nepal eliminates trachoma: the backstory

IAPB-Country Chair Nepal and Executive Director
Organisation: Nepal Netra Jyoti Sangh

WHO validates Nepal for eliminating trachoma as a public health problem–the first South East Asian country to have achieved this success Trachoma, a chronic conjunctivitis caused by repeated episodes of Chlamydia trachomatis, is still the leading infectious cause of blindness worldwide. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends a multi-faceted strategy, the SAFE strategy, for trachoma…