ROP in India: Change Is On the Horizon

Director of Programmes
Organisation: The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust

On World Prematurity Day,  Andrew Cooper, Director of Programmes, The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust writes on the Trust’s work on ROP and talks about a visit seeing some of their work in India. Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP) is a heart-breaking disease that causes blindness in babies born prematurely. It occurs when they are administered…

Botswana commits to provide eye screenings to all school children

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 Government of Botswana celebrated its commitment to provide eye health screening to every school child in the country by 2020 – the first country in the world to do so – at an event hosted by the British High Commission in Gaborone. Between five and ten per cent of children in schools have unnecessary…

The Commonwealth’s policy brief on the control of avoidable blindness and vision loss

IAPB West Africa Chair
Organisation: IAPB

Dr Fatima Kyari has a PhD in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, with a research focus on glaucoma services and control of glaucoma blindness. “I had no option but to resort to begging on the streets when I became blind. Now with my eyesight restored, I have gone back…

Kasungu goes trachoma-free

The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust

Today, on World Water Day, our focus is on how facial cleanliness and environmental improvements are helping to combat the risks of transmission and infection of trachoma.  Trachoma is the world’s leading infectious cause of blindness. It is triggered by a bacterium called Chlamydia Trachomatis which is spread through contact with eye discharge from an…

CHOGM 2015: A ‘Time to See’

Director of Advocacy and Commonwealth Engagement
Organisation: Queen Elizabeth Jubilee Trust

Picture from Standard Chartered Bank’s ‘Urban Eye Care Programme’ in Nigeria. Picture by Sam Faulkner, part of the ‘Time to See’ Exhibition. Did you know that there is an app that turns your smartphone into a spirit level? This valuable piece of information was imparted to us in Malta last month by a busy and…

Commonwealth Health Partnerships & Avoidable Blindness

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

Commonwealth Health Partnerships 2014, the essential overview of health in the Commonwealth, has a great paper on Avoidable Blindness. Put together by the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust with significant inputs from IAPB, the article gives a great overview of the situation on the Commonwealth countries, IAPB and the Trust’s efforts to address them and…

The Trust seeks Commonwealth Support on Avoidable Blindness

Director of Advocacy and Commonwealth Engagement
Organisation: Queen Elizabeth Jubilee Trust

98 million people in the Commonwealth are blind or have low vision. In November 2013, avoidable blindness featured at a Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting possibly for the first time. Commonwealth Heads of Government endorsed the focus of the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust on avoidable blindness, and encouraged it to work with others with the…