PacEYES – Another Successful Conference in Suva

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

At the end of June, PacEYES held its biannual conference at the Holiday inn Hotel in Suva. From its inception in 2004, the organisation has gone from strength to strength, celebrating with a packed programme of activities and a gala birthday dinner. Fittingly, this was the largest  PacEYES yet with 140 registrants from countries across…

Eliminating Trachoma: WHO announces sustained progress

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

Maputo | Geneva — The number of people at risk of trachoma – the world’s leading infectious cause of blindness – has fallen from 1.5 billion in 2002 to just over 142 million in 2019, a reduction of 91%, the World Health Organization (WHO) has reported. New data was presented at the 22nd meeting of…

Bringing eye care to hard-to-reach people

Former Project Director CATCH programme
Organisation: Sightsavers

Since 2015 the UK aid funded CATCH programme (Coordinated Approach to Community Healthy eyes) has transformed access to eye health services across remote areas in Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Uganda and Zambia. Initially CATCH “piggybacked” trachoma programmes, using trachoma surgery camps to identify people with other eye conditions and provide treatment. The most common condition found…

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…

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…

Delivering eye care in Malawi: BICO

Director
Organisation: Blantyre Institute for Community Outreach

The Blantyre Institute for Community Ophthalmology (BICO) is the only registered local eye health NGO in Malawi. We were established in 2008 with a mission — contribute towards the prevention and control of blindness in Malawi and the neighboring countries in the Southern African region. Our plan of action was to do this through operational…

Noor Dubai advocates for gender balance in eye healthcare in light of International Women’s Day

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

Dubai, UAE, March 7, 2018: In celebration of International Women’s Day, Noor Dubai Foundation (Noor Dubai) highlighted its efforts in promoting gender balance in eye healthcare in developing countries. Noor Dubai Foundation aims to empower women through the gift of sight in line with the directives of the UAE government and the United Nations 2030…

2018 in Review: IAPB South-East Asia

IAPB South East Asia Regional Coordinator
Organisation: IAPB
The focus of IAPB-South-East Asia Region in the year 2018 has continued to be the operationalization of the WHO Global Action Plan (GAP) 2014-2019 and monitoring its progress. The three main objectives of GAP are: Evidence Generation – using it to advocate for political and financial commitment for eye health National Eye Health Policies, Plan…

2018 in Review: A Letter from the Vice President

President, International Eye Foundation and Vice-President, IAPB
Organisation: International Eye Foundation
Dear colleagues, IAPB has seen a number of changes over this fast-paced year!  We welcomed Peter Holland as our new CEO who brings extensive international and management experience. He immediately dedicated time to speak with all members either in person or by phone, took on the strategic planning process for the Secretariat, and moved IAPB’s…

2018 – Members share their highlights

Membership & Fundraising Officer
Organisation: IAPB
2018 has been a fantastic year for the IAPB alliance. We finish 2018 with over 150 members and a couple of new members are set to join us early 2019. As this year comes to a close, we wanted to share with you some of the highlights from across the alliance; we asked a cross…

IAPB: A year in photos 2018

Membership & Fundraising Officer
Organisation: IAPB
January IAPB Gender Equity work group established What a fantastic way to start the year! With The Fred Hollows Foundation, Brien Holden Vision Institute, Seva Foundation, Helen Keller International and Sightsavers at the helm, the group provides an important forum for raising awareness, sharing ideas and disseminating evidence on gender equity approaches. A New Ray…

USAID launches new NTD programme for West Africa

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

USAID has officially launched its latest Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTD) programme which has just been named the Act to End NTDs – West program. The $200 million programme will help to control or eliminate trachoma, lymphatic filariasis, onchocerciasis, schistosomiasis and soil-transmitted helminths (including hookworm, roundworm and whipworm) in 11 West African countries including Benin, Burkina Faso,…

Launch of $105 million fund to eliminate trachoma

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

Leading philanthropists have set up a $105 million fund to help eliminate blinding eye disease trachoma. The funding was announced by Richard Branson via recorded video link at the Global Citizen concert in Johannesburg on 2 December 2018. The concert celebrated the legacy of Nelson Mandela. Branson represents a collaboration of funders who are launching…

WHO’s Weekly Epidemiological Record shows reduction in trachoma prevalence

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 number of people at risk from trachoma, the world’s leading infectious cause of blindness, has reduced from 190.2 million in 2016 to 157.7 million in April 2018, the World Health Organization (WHO) has reported in its Weekly Epidemiological Record (WER). The progress update presents 2017 data on the implementation of the SAFE strategy (surgery, antibiotics, facial…

Book: Arthur Ferguson MacCallan Biography

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 second, and revised, edition of the Arthur Ferguson MacCallan, CBE, MD, FRCS biography, Light Out of Deep Darkness is now out.  Arthur MacCallan was a world authority on trachoma. He had developed the “MacCallan Classification” in 1905, which went on to be adopted by the World Health Organization as its standard in 1952. In 2014, the…

Ghana eliminates Trachoma

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 World Health Organization (WHO) has validated Ghana for having eliminated trachoma as a public health problem, two decades after the World Health Assembly resolved to tackle the leading infectious cause of blindness. It is the first time a WHO African Region country has been validated for eliminating trachoma as a public health problem. The…

IAPB Members and Friends Supporting Eye Health in China

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

IAPB的成员和伙伴们全力支持中国的眼健康事业: IAPB is very grateful for the work done by the eye health sector in China and the significant impact this has both within China and beyond. We’re proud to have brought you some of these stories during the week of China National Sight Day 2018. IAPB非常感谢中国眼健康部门所做的工作,以及这些工作为中国及其他地区带来的重大影响。我们很荣幸在2018年中国全国爱眼日的这一周里为您带来了一系列的报道。 This would not have been possible without the…

Nepal eliminates trachoma: the backstory

IAPB-Country Chair Nepal and Executive Director
Organisation: Nepal Netra Jyoti Sangh

WHO validates Nepal for eliminating trachoma as a public health problem–the first South East Asian country to have achieved this success Trachoma, a chronic conjunctivitis caused by repeated episodes of Chlamydia trachomatis, is still the leading infectious cause of blindness worldwide. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends a multi-faceted strategy, the SAFE strategy, for trachoma…

Dr. Bo Wiafe retires from Operation Eyesight Universal

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

Dr. Boateng Wiafe who has been associated with Operation Eyesight Universal since 1985 has retired from his position. With more than 35 years’ experience in eye care, Dr. Wiafe is recognized as an authority in the development of sustainable eye care in Africa. In the early days, he was one of only eight ophthalmologists in Zambia.…

Nepal Eliminates Trachoma

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 World Health Organization (WHO) has validated Nepal for eliminating trachoma as a public health problem–the first South East Asian country to have achieved this success. Trachoma was the second leading cause of preventable blindness in Nepal in the 1980s. The country has been working towards the elimination of trachoma and other forms of preventable…