Optometrists – an essential piece of the puzzle to achieve comprehensive eye health

International Director Programmes, Advocacy and Strategic Partnerships
Organisation: Light for the World
On World Optometry Day, Sabine Rehbichler on why optometrists are an essential piece of the puzzle to achieve comprehensive eye health... Light for the World strives towards improved access to universal and comprehensive eye health in its partner countries. As all stakeholders in the field know, this is not always highest on the agenda of…

Uganda’s First Batch of Optometrists

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

Today marks the momentous occasion of Uganda’s first batch of optometrists graduating at Makerere University in Kampala after completing the first optometry degree ratified in Uganda. The graduating optometrists are the first locally trained optometrists for their country and will act as the primary eye carers for optometry services for the population. Uganda is one…

Leaving an impact: Screening in schools for the visually impaired

Childhood Blindness and Low vision Coordinator
Organisation: Kilimanjaro Centre for Community Ophthalmology (KCCO)

On World/Universal Children’s Day, Elizabeth Kishiki, Kilimanjaro Centre For Community Ophthalmology and the work they are doing by screening in schools for the visually impaired. “I can see better now; I can move freely in the school compound and am now able to help my fellow pupils who are totally blind, find their way within…

LCIF Enhances Grant Support for Diabetes

Regional Program Specialist for Africa & the Middle East // Global Health Initiatives
Organisation: Lions Clubs International Foundation

On World Diabetes Day, Karen Kilberg, Lions Clubs International Foundation on how LCIF has enhanced support for diabetes. 2017 was an exciting year for Lions Clubs International. We celebrated our centennial year of service and entered into a new century by adding four new global causes to our priority areas of focus. To mark our…

Photo Competition Stories: A trip to Uganda

Communications Officer
Organisation: IAPB

The World Sight Day Photo Competitions have attracted a lot of quality submissions from around the world; each with a story to tell. Terry Cooper talks about his visit to Uganda.  A VISION2020 LINKS programme team lead by council member Clare Davey was sent to Uganda in April 2015, where they set up a diabetic retinopathy…

Community eye clinic workshop project aims to reduce avoidable blindness in Uganda

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 initiative funded by the Tropical Health and Education Trust (THET) between teaching hospitals in the UK and Uganda will see the delivery of a community eye clinic workshop project followed by practical clinics in the Kampala and Mbarara areas. The clinics will screen for common eye problems and will take place in rural churches,…

Uganda Gets a New SiB Project

Sub Regional Manager, East Africa
Organisation: Brien Holden Vision Institute

Uganda has received another four-year “Seeing is Believing” project. Brien Holden Vision Institute is going to implement the Mubende Comprehensive Eye Health project in four districts that comprise of the Mubende Health Region namely Mubende, Mityana, Kiboga and Kyankwanzi districts. This region is one of the most underserved health regions in the country, hence the…