Eye Care and the Role of Nursing in Kenya

Moses Orwe is an ophthalmic nurse at Homa Bay District Hospital in Kenya’s southwest. The hospital sees an average of 75 patients a day, 10 of whom will need eye surgery. The Fred Hollows Foundation spoke with Moses about his work in eye health and some interesting challenges he faces. “In Kenya, people don’t really…

International Nurses’ Day Spotlight: Santoula Keo Manizay from Lao PDR

Regional Communications Coordinator - East Asia
Organisation: The Fred Hollows Foundation

Ophthalmic nurse Santoula Keo Manizay is quiet and reserved but his actions speak louder than words. At just 31, he has checked more than 2,000 pairs of eyes and trained more than 1000 volunteer health workers in the most remote villages of Lao PDR. He is a true eye health champion. Santoula was a regular…

Collaboration the key to better eye health outcomes in Bangladesh

In Jessore, Bangladesh, one of the first things villagers see when Zinnat Ara approaches, is her big smile. After 10 years of work as a Maternal Health Worker (MHW), people come from everywhere to ensure she sees them. Zinnat visits about 20 houses and sees around 90 to 100 people a day in the Mollapara…

USAID launches new $300m programme to tackle Neglected Tropical Diseases

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 United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has launched Act to End Neglected Tropical Diseases | East, a new global programme working to strengthen countries’ abilities to control and eliminate neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). The programme will control and eliminate five neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) in Uganda and twelve other countries. The programme is a…

Five women who help us see

The Fred Hollows Foundation Philippines celebrated International Women’s Day 2019 by featuring five women making an impact in the eye health sector. In Filipino society, we look up to women as our “ilaw ng tahanan,” – light bearers who guide us and help us see. On International Women’s Day, we look at the stories of…

IAPB WPR Focus: Quarter one in the Western Pacific region

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

No doubt everybody agrees it has been a busy and productive start to 2019, with many activities and much great work already underway throughout the Western Pacific. We have enjoyed interacting with many of you already in Quarter One and look forward to further contact and sharing throughout the year. With that in mind be…

UHC and Eye Care: An Opportunity To Change The Conversation

Global Lead, Advocacy
Organisation: The Fred Hollows Foundation

When we talk about eye care as an urgent global health problem, we often break the issue down into segments of need. We talk about the unmet need and the right of all people living with avoidable blindness to access known eye care treatments, like cataract surgery or a pair of glasses. We talk about…

Amanda Huang: Committed to Change in China

Country Manager, China
Organisation: The Fred Hollows Foundation
These blog posts are part of the IAPB Gender Equity Work Group's work to raise awareness of gender equity in eye health. Amanda Huang, a public eye health worker from China, is passionate about ending avoidable blindness and vision impairment for people living in rural China. In a country accounting for 20% of the world’s…

Vacancy: Medical Director

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

Unique Leadership role for a qualified Ophthalmologist Position open for the first time in 20 Years! Permanent position, based in Australia (other locations may be considered) For the first time in 20 years, The Fred Hollows Foundation are looking to find their next Medical Director.   This is a unique opportunity for a qualified ophthalmologist to…

Tackling Diabetic Retinopathy in the occupied Palestinian territories

Lead researcher for Diabetic Retinopathy
Organisation: St John of Jerusalem Eye Hospital Group

On World Diabetes Day, Dr Nahed Mikki, lead researcher for Diabetic Retinopathy in St John of Jerusalem Eye Hospital Group and Marie-Claire Boyle, Communications Specialist write about their programmes tackling Diabetic Retinopathy in the occupied Palestinian territories. Diabetic Retinopathy (DR) is one of the fastest growing eye health epidemics worldwide, and poses a strategic problem…

Helping millions get access to diabetic retinopathy care in Barisal

Country Manager, Bangladesh
Organisation: The Fred Hollows Foundation

On World Diabetes Day, Dr Zareen Khair, the Fred Hollows Foundation’s Bangladesh Country Manager, writes about a DR project they are implementing (thanks to the Trust’s support) highlighting lessons & successes… Bangladesh has nearly 1.85 million people with Diabetic Retinopathy (DR). People with DR require ongoing laser treatment and professional monitoring to keep them from…

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…

Western Pacific Cataract Surgery Outcomes Meeting

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

When distinguished guests, including the WHO Representative to Malaysia, Brunei and Singapore, Dr Jaqueline Lo joined Malaysia’s Director General of Health, Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah on stage, little did they expect to be launching the Western Pacific Cataract Surgery Outcomes Meeting with the banging of a traditional Malaysian gong! But then the launch of…

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, corporates 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, corporates 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…

The IAPB Gender Equity Work Group’s first meeting

Director - Global Partnerships and Advocacy
Organisation: The Fred Hollows Foundation

The first meeting of the Gender Equity Work Group took place on 11 April 2018.  The Work Group has been established as a forum for raising awareness, sharing ideas and disseminating evidence on gender equity approaches. The Group endorsed a new Terms of Reference and will be co-chaired by Jennifer Gersbeck from The Fred Hollows Foundation…

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…

Celebrating China National Sight Day, June 6, 2018

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

In celebration of the 23rd China National Sight Day, we asked our members and friends in China to tell us what the day means to their organisations and to share with us a little about their June 6 activities. 2018年6月6日中国全国爱眼日 为庆祝第23届中国全国爱眼日,我们特地邀请到几位我们在中国的成员和伙伴来谈谈这个日子对他们的机构或组织来说意味着什么,并与我们分享一下他们爱眼日的活动。 Zhongshan Ophthalmic Centre – Dr Baixiang Xiao The theme of China National Sight Day…