Improving eye health: learning from the Avoidable Blindness Programme of The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust

Director of Programmes
Organisation: The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust
When I joined the Trust in early 2013, I was new to the field of avoidable blindness and eye health, although I had been involved in supporting systems change for quite some time. Six years later, I am still not an expert in eye health, but our programmes across the Commonwealth have generated lots of…

Using smartphone based tools and health systems: Peek Vision

CEO Peek Vision and Associate Professor of International Eye Health at London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
Organisation: Peek Vision

I’m delighted that we’ve joined the incredible network of organisations that IAPB represents. We’ve come a long way since Peek Vision was established as an independent organisation in late 2015, following several years as a research project within the International Centre for Eye Health (ICEH) at London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.  Peek has…

Amber Naz: Reaching Out In Rural Pakistan

Senior Global Technical Lead URE
Organisation: Sightsavers

These blog posts are part of the IAPB Gender Equity Work Group‘s work to raise awareness of gender equity in eye health. Amber Naz, a primary health worker from Sohawa, has been providing primary eye care to her community since 2008, but her passion and commitment motivated her to transcend geographical barriers. She is now reaching out…

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…

Project to tackle Trachoma in Pakistan

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

A new project to stop the spread of the painful, blinding eye-infection trachoma was launched in Pakistan. CBM will train and support over 3000 community health workers to distribute trachoma medication directly to people’s homes. Because trachoma is highly infectious, easily passed between family members through physical contact, it is vital that whole communities are…

Optometry – more than just eye care

Chair, IAPB School Eye Health Working Group, Global Programs Director, Our Children Vision, and Program Director, Child Eye Health & Low Vision, Brien Holden Vision Institute
Organisation: The Brien Holden Vision Institute

As eye care professionals, we all know that current efforts to address child eye health needs are falling far too short. Refractive errors, for example, are simple and cost effective to correct yet they continue to negatively effect the lives of millions of children worldwide. There are a number of reasons why care is often…