New smartphone app aims to improve cataract surgical outcomes

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

Press release: A global consortium of leading eye health organisations today launched a new app to help improve cataract surgical outcomes, especially for people in developing countries. BOOST (Better Operative Outcomes Software Tool), a simple, free and easy-to-use app to help surgeons monitor and improve cataract surgical outcomes, has been launched at the World Ophthalmology Congress…

Eye Health in A Crisis: Rohingya Refugee Camp Need Analysis

IAPB South East Asia Regional Coordinator
Organisation: IAPB

May 2018 saw me evaluating eye health in one of the biggest refugee camps for displaced Rohingyas in Bangladesh. In 2017, the refugee camps in Cox’s Bazaar on Bangladesh’s border with Myanmar saw the biggest ever influx of refugees–nearly 690,000 refugees–after clashes broke out in Myanmar in August. The camps merged into one taking in…

$1bn Vision Catalyst Fund to be established for populations across the Commonwealth

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 Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust (the Trust) announced on 12 March (Commonwealth Day) that it has begun working on an ambitious multi-stakeholder initiative to lay the foundations for a new $1bn Vision Catalyst Fund to bring eye care to all people in the Commonwealth and around the world. Building on the major achievements in…

CBM and Sightsavers awarded António Champalimaud Vision Award

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 2017 António Champalimaud Vision Award has been jointly given to Sightsavers and CBM, two organisations with long and distinguished histories of supporting blindness prevention, alleviation and rehabilitation programmes in developing countries like Nepal, Mozambique, Uganda Ethiopia and Bangladesh. The €1,000,000 António Champalimaud Vision Award is directed to groups actively involved in fighting blindness and visual impairment in the field,…

Bringing eye health to the Isoka district, Zambia

Project Officer, Seeing is Believing
Organisation: IAPB

George Sichamba lives in Kalungu village in the Isoka district of the Muchinga province in Zambia. George explained that before he lost his sight everything was going well for him; “Before I lost my sight I had a very nice family. We lived together with no problems”. However, when he discovered that his sight was…

#StrongerTogether Photo Story: Mothers and Children of Cataract

Communications Coordinator
Organisation: IAPB

The StrongerTogether photo competition we ran in partnership with Bayer attracted a lot of quality submissions from around the world; each with a story to tell. We will be sharing some of these stories on our blog over the coming weeks. The second in the series focuses on four children living with cataract in Tanzania.…

Evidence gap maps developed by Sightsavers

Research Officer, Evidence Synthesis
Organisation: Sightsavers

The gap maps provide visual summaries of the extent and distribution of evidence on particular thematic areas A screenshot of the Cataract gap map by Sightsavers  This week Sightsavers have launched the first in our new series of evidence gap maps. The gap maps are an exciting new tool, originally pioneered by the International Initiative…