Today is World Prematurity Day : VISION 2020 Workshops and ROP

VISION 2020 Workshop Programme Manager
Organisation: ICEH

On World Prematurity Day, Robin Percy, Workshops Programme Manager writes about the work of IAPB and its members on ROP. IAPB has been able to support Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP) programmes in Russia and Eastern Europe, with support from the Eye Samaritans International. Alan Richards, the Founder of Eye Samaritans International, is committed to preventing…

Advocating for eye health – An update from IAPB Latin America

Regional Program Manager – Latin America
Organisation: IAPB

IAPB Latin America shares strong partnerships with the stakeholders across the Spanish and Portuguese speaking Americas. Under the umbrella of VISION 2020, key strides towards prevention of blindness have been made in the region. The key activities include but are not limited to, the successful completion of RAABs in all of IAPB’s LA region, strong World…

The road-map towards the Global Action Plan – An update from IAPB South-East Asia

IAPB South East Asia Regional Coordinator
Organisation: IAPB

In recent years, IAPB South East Asia (SEA) advocacy has expanded to all countries in the region. The most recent wins being the first-ever RAAB survey in Maldives and follow-up RAAB in Timor-Leste with financial support from Lions Club International Foundation (LCIF). The collaboration with WHO-SEARO, and WHO country offices of respective countries have been another success for the implementation of…

IAPB and PAHO to hold workshop on Universal Eye Care

Communications Manager
Organisation: IAPB

Lima, Peru – A joint workshop on Universal Eye Care in Residency Programmes is being held between Pan American Health Organization and IAPB in Lima on August 8, 2017. This workshop is to bring together the Heads of Residency programmes from across Central and Southern America. The focus will be on discussing mechanisms to improve…

National Eye Health Planning underway in Moldova

VISION 2020 Workshop Programme Manager
Organisation: ICEH

(From left to right) Tatiana Ghidirimschi, Director LOW VISION Centre, Stela Grigoraş, Minister, the Ministry of Labor, Social Protection and Family, Gheorghe Bregam Deputy Prime-Minister, Hans Bjorn Bakketeig, president “Hjelp Moldova” Norway, Corina Fusu, Minister, the Ministry of Education and Ruxanda Glavan, Minister, the Ministry of Health. It is always a pleasure to hear from…

Advocating integrated workforce planning in Africa

Human Resources for Eye Health Programme Director
Organisation: IAPB

Photo courtesy: Terry Cooper Last month saw the third Advocacy Capacity Building Workshop for Human Resources for eye health (HReH) in Africa in Lome, Togo, bringing to a close the first tranche of capacity building. Fourteen countries have now benefitted from this process, comfortably exceeding our initial target of ten set back in 2014. This,…

IAPB Regional Workshop: Europe

VISION 2020 Workshop Programme Manager
Organisation: ICEH

Vienna, a city packed with imperial history, was the site for the IAPB regional workshop on the Global Action Plan: ‘Towards Universal Eye Health in Europe’, held with the support of our WHO partners. This workshop brought together the Heads of National Societies of Ophthalmology from across Europe to discuss the Global Action Plan, look…

Romania’s first ROP Workshop

VISION 2020 Workshop Programme Manager
Organisation: ICEH

I am just back from Bucharest where IAPB supported the first national Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP) symposium. This is part of the IAPB ROP programme for Russia and Eastern Europe which is funded by Eye Samaritans International, our newest IAPB member. IAPB had been asked by the host, Dr Cristina Nitulescu to support her to…

Advocating to help Vietnam have better access to eye health

IAPB Advocacy Manager
Organisation: IAPB

In late June I visited Vietnam to work together with Damian Facciolo, (Regional Program Manager, IAPB Western Pacific) to deliver an advocacy workshop in Hanoi, with support from Australian Aid. During the workshop we discussed key problems and objectives. We worked to help NGOs on Vietnam’s Eye Care Partners Working Group to come up with…

Regional Action Plan: PAHO

Fundraising and Partnerships Manager
Organisation: IAPB

It’s often difficult to point to tangible and direct outcomes from advocacy actions – but the results from the Latin American Regional workshop hosted by PAHO in April 2013 certainly delivered on eye health.  Supported by IAPB Latin America and Orbis, the three day workshop of Ministry of Health officials, V2020 LA, Orbis, CBM and other…

IAPB Advocacy Training Workshop, Accra, Ghana

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

In the pursuit of its primary change objective “Every country with a ‘Human Resources for Health’ (HRH) strategy has a ‘Human Resources for Eye Health’ (HReH) strategy integrated within it” IAPB Africa held an Advocacy Training Workshop in Accra, Ghana, to train candidates from five pilot countries as advocacy advisors. The goal of the workshop…

GAP Update

Chief Executive of IAPB
Organisation: IAPB

July 2014 This is the first in what will become a regular feature from Peter Ackland updating you on latest developments that are contributing to the implementation of the WHA resolution 66.4 “Universal Eye Health: A global action plan 2014 – 2019”.  Where better to start this new series than the very first action articulated…

VISION 2020 Workshops 2013-14 Update

VISION 2020 Workshop Programme Manager
Organisation: ICEH

IAPB and the WHO, through the VISION 2020 workshops programme, are focussing on four priority areas in the implementation of the Global Action Plan (GAP). These are: Convening regional workshops to promote implementation of the Global Action Plan in countries across regions.  The development of an eye care services assessment tool by WHO and its…