Myanmar eliminates trachoma

The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) is an alliance of civil society organisations, private sector, and professional bodies promoting eye health through advocacy, knowledge and partnerships.
Organisation: IAPB

Myanmar has been validated by the World Health Organization (WHO) for eliminating trachoma as a public health problem.  The announcement follows annual period prevalence data from 2010 to 2015 showing that active trachoma in children under 10 years of age across all the regions and states in Myanmar ranged from 0% to 0.0537%, which is…

Indigenous People’s & Eye Health – an online series

Director of Program Implementation – Oceania
Organisation: The Fred Hollows Foundation

By Jaki Adams-Barton, Director of Program Implementation – Oceania, The Fred Hollows Foundation I’m pleased to be working with IAPB Members and Stakeholders to convene this online series focused on Indigenous Peoples and eye health. My role includes overseeing our programming in Australia, through the Indigenous Australia Program – which focuses on improving access to…

WHO issues guidance to support the resumption of NTD activities in the context of COVID-19

The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) is an alliance of civil society organisations, private sector, and professional bodies promoting eye health through advocacy, knowledge and partnerships.
Organisation: IAPB

The World Health Organization (WHO) has issued interim guidance for the implementation of mass treatment interventions, active case-finding campaigns and population-based surveys in the context of COVID-19 as of 27 July 2020. This interim guidance supersedes earlier guidance published in May 2020. The latest guidance note was developed to inform health authorities, NTD programme managers…

2019 in Review: A Year in Photos

Communications Coordinator
Organisation: IAPB
JANUARY Growing Membership A long standing IAPB Group C member, OneSight, opted to become a Group B member. We also started 2019 by welcoming three new Group C members: Clearly, Global Vision 2020 and Hawaiian Eye Foundation. FEBRUARY Singapore announced as the venue for Global Assembly IAPB will be hosting its Global Assembly in Singapore with SERI from October 12-14, 2020.…

Caroline Harper awarded the Hemingway Award

The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) is an alliance of civil society organisations, private sector, and professional bodies promoting eye health through advocacy, knowledge and partnerships.
Organisation: IAPB

Dr Caroline Harper CBE, Chief Executive of Sightsavers, has been selected by the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (RSTMH) and the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM) as the winner of the first Hemingway Award. She receives the award for her work transforming the funding landscape for trachoma, a neglected tropical disease. In…

Professor David Mabey to receive Prince Mahidol Award 2019

The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) is an alliance of civil society organisations, private sector, and professional bodies promoting eye health through advocacy, knowledge and partnerships.
Organisation: IAPB

David Mabey, Professor of Communicable Diseases and Head of the Department of Clinical Research at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, has been selected to receive the Prince Mahidol Award 2019 in the field of Public Health. Professor David Mabey is a leading physician whose work has made a huge impact on the health…

The Kilimanjaro Center for Community Ophthalmology

The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) is an alliance of civil society organisations, private sector, and professional bodies promoting eye health through advocacy, knowledge and partnerships.
Organisation: IAPB

The Kilimanjaro Center for Community Ophthalmology (KCCO) works with partners to support the implementation of programmes in Africa in the areas of comprehensive eye care, childhood blindness and low vision, and trachoma elimination. Through its three pillars of activities (planning and change implementation, training and capacity building, and operational research), KCCO is currently supporting activities…

New UK aid support to protect 200 million people from debilitating diseases

The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) is an alliance of civil society organisations, private sector, and professional bodies promoting eye health through advocacy, knowledge and partnerships.
Organisation: IAPB

A new UK aid programme will fight diseases in 25 of the world’s poorest countries Support will target five Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) which cause disability and death A new UK aid package will help protect 200 million people worldwide from debilitating diseases. The flagship programme, called Ascend, was announced by the UK’s international development…

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, private sector, 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, private sector, 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, private sector, 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, private sector, 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,…