Glaucoma’s Future in Asia

Ophthalmologist and Chairman
Organisation: Sight For All

In our fourth blog for World Glaucoma Week, James Muecke, an Ophthalmologist, an IAPB Eye Health Hero and Chairman for Sight For All,  writes about the need for training for glaucoma in Asia, highlighting what they are doing. James Muecke AM teaching fellows Glaucoma is the leading cause of irreversible blindness worldwide and over half of the…

Trachoma in the Western Pacific – end in sight

Regional Program Manager, IAPB Western Pacific
Organisation: IAPB

Screening for trachoma in Papua New Guinea Through strong collaborations and evidence, several governments in the Western Pacific can now claim trachoma is no longer a public health problem. For many more, trachoma elimination is in sight. So where are we with trachoma in the Western Pacific? A national assessment of trachoma conducted in Lao…

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.

How do we reach more women and girls?

Regional Program Manager, IAPB Western Pacific
Organisation: IAPB

Great ideas shared on eye health for women in girls at our regional forum in Cambodia The Global Burden of Disease study shows 60% of global blindness is among women, and recent surveys in the Western Pacific show an even greater imbalance in some areas. As Universal Eye Health: A Global Action Plan 2014-19 prioritises “equity” as its first…

Australia loses sight of International Aid Commitments

Director - Global Partnerships and Advocacy
Organisation: The Fred Hollows Foundation

To say the last 12 months have been disappointing for the Australian aid sector is a gross understatement. The Australian Government’s May Federal Budget delivered the biggest single-year cut to foreign aid in Australia’s history, a move that has undoubtedly hurt the country’s international reputation. The Budget revealed $1 billion–20 per cent of Australia’s current…

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…

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…

Universal Eye Health: Three important documents

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 Global Action Plan for Universal Eye Health was adopted last year. The focus now moves to the regions and implementing countries.  Here are the 3 key regional documents that focus upon implementing GAP at the regional level – from the regions of Eastern Mediterranean, Latin America and North America ( together as PAHO) and…

Regional Plan for Universal Eye Health: Western Pacific

Regional Program Manager, IAPB Western Pacific
Organisation: IAPB

After many months, the WHO Western’s Pacific Regional Office (WPRO) has officially launched Towards Universal Eye Health: A Regional Action Plan for the Western Pacific (2014–2019). The plan was developed through consultation with Member States, international partners and experts during 2013 and was endorsed by the Western Pacific Regional Committee Meeting in Manila last October.…