First Francophone Africa Leadership Development Programme Graduates

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 ICO supports Leadership Development Programmes (LDPs) in Anglophone and Francophone Africa with a focus on meeting the needs of future leaders in sub-Saharan Africa. With a strong and invested faculty, the LDP courses follow a model set by the AAO and cover a broad spectrum of subjects, including advocacy, engagement, society strengthening, navigating challenges,…

Orientation Meeting for the implementation of the Primary Eye Care Training Manual

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

In February, IAPB, in collaboration with the WHO AFRO Non-Communicable Diseases (NCD) programme held a two-day Orientation Meeting in Accra, Ghana, with country representatives from Anglophone [1]countries in the sub-Saharan Africa Region in order to support them in implementing the use of the Primary Eye Care Training Manual at national level, thus building and strengthening…

Training surgeons through simulation: A BCBP-funded project

Fundraising Manager
Organisation: British Council for Prevention of Blindness
For World Glaucoma Week, Emma McGuigan on how the British Council for Prevention of Blindness is helping train surgeons quickly to tackle conditions like glaucoma... I joined the British Council for Prevention of Blindness (BCPB) in July 2017 as a Fundraising Manager. I was shocked at the time to find out about the prevalence of…

WHO Afro releases Core Competencies for the Eye Health Workforce

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

WHO Afro has released the Core competencies for the Eye Health Workforce in the WHO African region. Given the shortage of human resources for eye health, and in line with the WHO approach to task shifting or sharing, this policy document is a unique contribution to detailing the competencies required of a range of eye…

Validating the WHO Regional Core Competencies in IAPB Africa

Regional Programme Coordinator
Organisation: International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB)

IAPB Africa started 2018 with a focus on one of our major priorities for the year: the validation of the WHO Regional Core Competencies for Eye Heath Workers in the Africa Region.  In February, WHO AFRO and IAPB held a consultation workshop in Nairobi attended by eye health experts with the overall objective of validating…

Africa Day : Improving Primary Eye Care in Rwanda

Rwanda Country Director
Organisation: Vision for a Nation Foundation

For Africa Day, Abdallah Uwihoreye, Rwanda Country Director, Vision for a Nation Foundation talks about the difference their work has made in Rwanda. I started to struggle with my sight when I was just 12 years old. Basic everyday tasks and schoolwork suddenly became difficult. Fortunately, I grew up in a family with the means…

IAPB Africa: An Update and an Annual Review

Human Resources for Eye Health Programme Consultant
Organisation: IAPB

The beginning of May was a busy time for us at the Africa office, with the joint Health Community of East, Central and Southern Africa (ECSA-HC), College of Ophthalmology of Eastern Central and Southern Africa (COECSA), IAPB stakeholders’ workshop being held in Nairobi on May 9. This was followed by our own Annual Review and…

Priorities for glaucoma care in Sub-Saharan Africa

IAPB West Africa Chair
Organisation: IAPB

Applanation tonometry: accurate measurement of intraocular pressure is important in the diagnosis and treatment of glaucoma/ Photo credits: Gabriel Entekume Glaucoma affects at least one in every 25 people aged 40 years and above in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). It occurs as a result of the intraocular pressure (eye pressure [IOP]) being too high for the…