Eye health can no longer be overlooked in universal health coverage

IAPB Advocacy Manager
Organisation: IAPB

The theme of this year’s World Health Day is universal health coverage (UHC). Momentum is building around universal health coverage, that is, health for all without suffering financial hardship, with many countries around the world taking steps to achieve it. Eye health has historically not been conceived as being central to healthcare, the priority has…

Universal Health Coverage and Eye Health

Policy Adviser – Health
Organisation: Sightsavers

2019 is a big year for health. The forthcoming High-Level Meeting on Universal Health Coverage (UHC) will be a great opportunity for world leaders to ensure that steps towards accelerating health for all are genuinely taken. (Read Sightsavers’ take on the Africa Health International Conference and the Africa Health Forum.) Through the 2030 Agenda, countries…

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…

Orientation Meeting for the implementation of the Primary Eye Care Training Manual

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

In February, IAPB, in collaboration with the WHO AFRO Non-Communicable Diseases (NCD) programme held a two-day Orientation Meeting in Accra, Ghana, with country representatives from Anglophone [1]countries in the sub-Saharan Africa Region in order to support them in implementing the use of the Primary Eye Care Training Manual at national level, thus building and strengthening…

IAPB Africa Editorial: Making progress towards Universal Health Coverage

Regional Programme Coordinator
Organisation: International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB)

WHO has unveiled a landmark reform that targets primary care for billions of people. This “back-to-basics” targets one billion people in support of WHO’s top priority, Universal Health Coverage(UHC).  At the same time, a Resolution on Community Health Workers is to be considered at the upcoming World Health Assembly to accelerate progress on UHC and…

WHO Afro releases Core Competencies for the Eye Health Workforce

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

WHO Afro has released the Core competencies for the Eye Health Workforce in the WHO African region. Given the shortage of human resources for eye health, and in line with the WHO approach to task shifting or sharing, this policy document is a unique contribution to detailing the competencies required of a range of eye…

World Health Day 2018: Health for All

Director of Advocacy and Interim CEO
Organisation: IAPB
A call for the eye health sector and civil society engagement For this year’s World Health Day the WHO has chosen the theme ‘Universal Health coverage: everyone, everywhere’. With that theme the WHO in its 70thanniversary year is calling on world leaders to live up to the pledges they made when they agreed the Sustainable…

Investing in Human Resources for Eye Health to Achieve Health for All

Human Resources for Eye Health Programme Consultant
Organisation: IAPB

As both VISION 2020 and the current Global Action Plan on Universal Eye Health draw to a close and with plenty new evidence of the real burden of eye disease (see the IAPB Vision Atlas), WHO is opening up the consultation on what comes next with the draft World Report on Vision, moving the agenda…

Achieving Universal Health Coverage – how the global trachoma elimination programme is taking us a step closer

Immediate Past Chair, International Coalition for Trachoma Control
Organisation: The Fred Hollows Foundation

Universal Health Coverage (UHC) has been gaining increasing support in recent years. Successive World Health Organization Director Generals have made UHC a priority and it was formally recognized in the Sustainable Development Goal 3.8, which calls for “achievement of universal health coverage, including financial risk protection, access to quality essential health-care services and access to…

Walking the Walk – Human Resources for Health on UHC Day

IAPB Advocacy Manager
Organisation: IAPB

IAPB is a strong believer and advocate for Universal Health Coverage and supporter of UHCDay. We must all work to ensure that people have access to health services including eye health (all the way from promotion to prevention, treatment, rehabilitation and palliative care) without having to make horrific choices, such as which child/family member gets…

Universal Health Coverage: The need to engage as the eye health sector

Director of Advocacy and Interim CEO
Organisation: IAPB

Breaking down barriers for poor and marginalised to access services The boy was about 13 years old. He was blind in both eyes. When examined by the eye doctor, the diagnosis was that the most probable cause was a specific type of conjunctivitis, a condition not difficult to treat when timely care is provided. I…

Celebrating Universal Health Coverage Day 2017 – rising for the right to health of all people

IAPB Advocacy Manager
Organisation: IAPB

IAPB is an associate member of the International Disability and Development Consortium. IAPB has been working with the IDDC for the past few years alongside some IAPB members promoting the rights of persons with disability, including persons with visual impairment. We have been and continue to be active on the IDDC UN task group including in…

10GA Videos: Symposia

Communications Manager
Organisation: IAPB

The IAPB 10th General Assembly was a great opportunity to come together, share knowledge and strengthen alliances. You can now access the three Symposia videos, below:  Symposium 1: Better health for Africa: the critical shortage of health workers Symposium 1: Better health for Africa: the critical shortage of health workers from IAPB on Vimeo.  …

Financing for universal eye health: 8 Reflections on UHC

Regional Program Manager, IAPB Western Pacific
Organisation: IAPB

The Regional Action Plan for Universal Eye Health in the Western Pacific urges governments to ensure that “essential eye-care, low vision and rehabilitation services are included in national health financing approaches for universal health coverage” and calls on international partners to advocate for coverage of eye-care services by insurance schemes.

Sustainable Development Goals: the way ahead

Director of Advocacy and Interim CEO
Organisation: IAPB

  On 25 September the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development [French, Spanish, Arabic, Russian, Chinese] was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly. The Agenda 2030 includes the following sections: (1) Preamble, (2) Declaration, (3) Sustainable Development Goals and targets, (4) Means of Implementation and the Global Partnership, and (5) Follow Up and Review. The…

Taking a Systems Approach to Eye Health

Regional Program Manager, IAPB Western Pacific
Organisation: IAPB

Re-posted with permission from the IAPB Western Pacific blog. In early July, eye health experts from across Asia and the Pacific gathered in Hanoi for a 5-day short course to workshop ways to strengthen health systems, improve eye health and work towards Universal Health Coverage.   Held at Hanoi School of Public Health, the course…

New Report Adopts CSC as Health Indicator

Chief Executive of IAPB
Organisation: IAPB

I am delighted to note – as I am sure you are – that a new report jointly authored by the WHO and the World Bank includes Cataract Surgical Coverage (CSC) as a ‘promising’ indicator for monitoring Universal Health Coverage (UHC). Firstly, it’s a fantastic report; strong research, keen arguments and accessible to a wide(r)…

Access to health is not a luxury it’s a right

IAPB Advocacy Manager
Organisation: IAPB

Join IAPB and hundreds of organisations around the world who have signed up to universal health coverage (UHC) day on the 12th December. The push for UHC creates a major opportunity to radically improve health access and outcomes for all people everywhere, tackling the gross health inequalities that persist. In effect UHC accounts for the…