Depression is an important consideration in eye care

Mental Health Advisor
Organisation: CBM

On World Health Day, with this year’s theme  – depression, Julian Eaton, CBM‘s Mental Health Advisor writes about how loss of vision can lead to depression, requiring support and care.  Doctor talking to a patient; cropped image from the WHO’s “Depression: Let’s Talk” campaign to mark World Health Day 2017 This year, World Health Day…

World Water Day

Communications Manager
Organisation: IAPB

22nd March 2017 is World Water Day; a UN-designated ‘day’ which sees widespread support from across the world. Emphasizing WASH: Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, the day is important for the eye care sector as well.  Indeed, providing clean water not only eliminates Neglected Tropical Diseases like trachoma, it also dramatically improves general health indicators and…

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

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…

Committing to Universal Eye Health

IAPB
Organisation: IAPB

The “Commitment to promote Universal Eye Health and eliminate blinding NTDs” was launched at the Celebration ceremony of the  IAPB 10th General Assembly. The General Assembly comes at a critical time in the implementation of the Global Action Plan on Universal Eye Health 2014-2019, which was adopted unanimously in the 66th World Health Assembly in…

Sustainable Development Goals: the way ahead

IAPB
Organisation: IAPB

  On 25 September the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development [French, Spanish, Arabic, Russian, Chinese] was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly. The Agenda 2030 includes the following sections: (1) Preamble, (2) Declaration, (3) Sustainable Development Goals and targets, (4) Means of Implementation and the Global Partnership, and (5) Follow Up and Review. The…

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,…