Article on Health-care costs of DR in Hungary

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

An article was published recently in British Journal of Ophthalmology on the costs of DR in Hungary, based on their RAAB-DR data. The article is titled Rapid assessment of avoidable blindness-based healthcare costs of diabetic retinopathy in Hungary and its projection for the year 2045. IAPB’s Europe Regional Chair and Co-Chair are co-authors. Access the…

The summary report of Bhutan School Sight Programme

Uncorrected refractive error (URE) is the leading cause of visual impairment. It is also the second major cause of blindness and the most common eye disorder in children. All of this despite being an easily treatable (with spectacles) condition.  Considering its high prevalence, impact on global economy and the effect on the quality of life…

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…

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…

Major study into avoidable blindness in the occupied Palestinian territories is complete

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 Palestinian population has a rate of blindness which is ten times as high as in the West, but insufficient research has been conducted. This means those attempting to combat preventable blindness in the region have little understanding of where to focus their efforts. A Rapid Assessment of Avoidable Blindness (RAAB) is a population-based survey…

30% reduction of blindness in Bhutan and more trends from published RAAB

IAPB South East Asia Regional Coordinator
Organisation: IAPB

I am happy to report that Bhutan now has fresh blindness and visual impairment data. These were the results from a RAAB carried out after 9 years. PLOS One has published the results. In a moment that is worth celebrating, they show that Bhutan has achieved 30% reduction in blindness compared to the of result…

Yuddha Sapkota, certified RAAB 7 Survey trainer

IAPB South East Asia Regional Coordinator
Organisation: IAPB

I have been a certified RAAB trainer since 2014. As a trainer, I have trained and supervised survey teams and monitored RAAB surveys in Maldives, Timor-Leste, Myanmar, Nepal, Bhutan and Afghanistan. The RAAB survey methodology gets updated regularly. In 2014 the RAAB 5 version was current, which soon became RAAB 6. Every version requires some…

The Cox Bazaar RAAB: Surveying vision among the Rohingya Refugee Population in Bangladesh

IAPB South East Asia Regional Coordinator
Organisation: IAPB

The story so far: Victims of what the UN called ethnic cleansing, more than a million Rohingya refugees live in refugee camps around Cox’s Bazaar in eastern Bangladesh. A number of IAPB members, with support from IAPB South East Asia, conducted a situation analysis (and published it in July last year). The situation analysis delved…

Eye Care Everywhere For PNG

Regional Program Manager, Western Pacific
Organisation: International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness

In Papua New Guinea (PNG) there are so many activities associated with World Sight Day that events typically stretch throughout the month. This October was no different, culminating in a plethora of activities during the last week of the month. There was a Trachoma Action Planning Workshop led by the Fred Hollows Foundation Australia, a…

PNG has one of the highest rates of blindness in the world – nationwide study

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 first national survey on eye health in Papua New Guinea (PNG) has found that the prevalence of blindness among people aged 50 years and older is 5.6%, which is one of the highest rates in the world. The study, which was recently published in the British Journal of Ophthalmology, found the major causes of…

Major research underway into avoidable blindness in the occupied Palestinian territories

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

St John of Jerusalem Eye Hospital Group (SJEHG) is conducting its second-ever Rapid Assessment of Avoidable Blindness (RAAB) study in the occupied Palestinian territories (oPt). The study began in July 2018. RAAB is a population-based survey of adults age 50 years and over, using rapid examination techniques. Over 200 RAABs have been completed worldwide, providing…

Designing a blindness survey for Afghanistan – RAAB in Kabul

IAPB South East Asia Regional Coordinator
Organisation: IAPB

HealthNET TPO, a Netherlands-based INGO, supporting Ministry of Public Health, Afghanistan recently requested that I visit Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, to help design a vision impairment survey based on the RAAB survey methodology. Afghanistan is a land-locked mountainous country with an estimated population of 31 million (74% rural), where more than a third of…

RAAB in Inhambane, Mozambique

Projects Manager
Organisation: Eyes Of The World (Fundació Ulls del Món)

Francisco Sanz León works as a Projects Manager for Ulls del món (also known as Eyes of the World) and won the Amateur Prize in last year’s #MakeVisionCount photo competition. He writes about the RAAB in Inhambane, Mozambique, where he took his winning photo. My name is Francisco Sanz León and I work as a…

A Road map of Indonesia’s visual impairment control programme

IAPB South East Asia Regional Coordinator
Organisation: IAPB

A RAAB survey covering 15 districts in Indonesia (in 2016) showed that it had one of the highest prevalence of blindness in the South-East Asia region. The survey also showed that the human resources were concentrated in the major cities. The Indonesian archipelago has more than 13,000 islands. The survey noted that personnel presence was…

Bhutan meets the WHO Global Action Plan target on blindness reduction

IAPB South East Asia Regional Coordinator
Organisation: IAPB

Bhutan is one of the countries where a previous nationwide blindness survey exists and can be compared with the latest, the Rapid Assessment of Avoidable Blindness (RAAB) Survey 2018. The 2018 survey’s sampling frame covered the population aged 50 years and older, across all 20  districts of the kingdom. The first RAAB survey in Bhutan…

Data collection in IAPB SEA in 2018

IAPB South East Asia Regional Coordinator
Organisation: IAPB

Many countries in SEA region do not have authentic base-line data to measure the progress of the Global Action Plan’s (GAP) target of 25% reduction in visual impairment by 2019. The lack of a National Eye Health Action Plan and comprehensive eye care services has also been a major issue in some countries. Therefore for…

The Bhutan mRAAB Survey Begins

IAPB South East Asia Regional Coordinator
Organisation: IAPB

South East Asia is fortunate. The Lions Clubs International Foundation have yet again supported the region with a Research Grant in 2017 for a RAAB survey in Bhutan (After the surveys in Maldives and East Timor in 2016). The last time Bhutan had a blindness survey (RAAB) was in 2009 and so the 2017 follow-up…

The road-map towards the Global Action Plan – An update from IAPB South-East Asia

IAPB South East Asia Regional Coordinator
Organisation: IAPB

In recent years, IAPB South East Asia (SEA) advocacy has expanded to all countries in the region. The most recent wins being the first-ever RAAB survey in Maldives and follow-up RAAB in Timor-Leste with financial support from Lions Club International Foundation (LCIF). The collaboration with WHO-SEARO, and WHO country offices of respective countries have been another success for the implementation of…

Tenk Yu Tru: RAAB Results Presented in Papua New Guinea

Regional Program Manager, Western Pacific
Organisation: International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness

Pictured (from L to R): Chief Ophthalmologist, Dr Simon Melengas; Dr Goa Tau, Director Medical Services (NDoH), Deputy Secretary of Health, Dr Paison Dakulala; PBL President, Dr Jambi Garap and Dr Bieb, Director Disease Control (NDoH). “It was tough”, PNG Eye Care General Manager, Samuel Koim, explained, presenting the logistic of the PNG Rapid Assessment…