COECSA & Partners Support the development of ROP, Retinoblastoma and DR Guidelines

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

Through a collaborative project dubbed, Health Systems Strengthening Project in ECSA Region, COECSA has supported the development of clinical management guidelines in Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP) and Diabetic Retinopathy in Kenya. The project has also supported the development and dissemination of the Retinoblastoma and Diabetic Retinopathy guidelines in the Republic of Tanzania. The project, in…

Progressing gender equity at Council of Members 2019

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

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are about to shift gear and the global community will be urged to do more. The SDG Summit taking place during the UN General Assembly later this month will declare a decade of action and delivery on sustainable development to start in 2020. So while the current period of the…

The Fred Hollows Foundation launches new Indigenous Australia Program

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 Fred Hollows Foundation has committed its biggest-ever investment to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander eye health with the launch of its new Indigenous Australia Program Five Year Country Strategy. The strategy will see The Foundation invest at least $40 million over the next five years to closing the eye health gap for Aboriginal and…

Accelerating eye health within the larger movement towards the Sustainable Development Goals

Head of Policy and Advocacy
Organisation: IAPB
"Accelerate". This was the word on everyone’s lips at the 2019 High-level Political Forum (HLPF), which took place from 9-18 July at UN Headquarters in New York. Four years after the adoption of the 2030 Agenda, the consensus is that we are simply not moving fast enough. António Guterres, UN Secretary-General, called on world leaders…

IAPB SEA Regional Planning Consultative Meeting: How far we’ve come and planning ahead

IAPB South East Asia Regional Coordinator
Organisation: IAPB

IAPB organized a South East Asia Regional consultative meeting on eye health on 29 and 30 June 2019.  The main objectives of the meeting were: To produce a white paper in line with the goals and objectives of VISION 2020 and WHO GAP 2014-2019, on existing eye health status of each country in the region…

Celebrating China National Sight Day: A round-up

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

“We have fifteen doctor, twenty three eye nurses and two technicians. But we only have one professor, so we’re just a small provincial hospital,” laments Dr Wang as he tours me around the Dali Hospital in Western Yunnan. “That’s why we’re so happy you came to visit us, so that people will know that anyway…

Fred Hollows Foundation welcomes successful first year of innovative project

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

An innovative cataract project funded through a development impact bond has celebrated a monumental first year, screening more than 50,000 patients and completing more than 2,300 cataract surgeries in Cameroon. The Cameroon Cataract Bond was launched last year as a new way of funding health care by bringing together public and private investors, health donors,…

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…