ATscale: A Global Partnership for Assistive Technology launched

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, over one billion people need assistive technology (AT), yet more than 900 million people do not have access to the wheelchairs, eyeglasses, hearing aids, prosthetics, and other life-enhancing AT they need. Access to AT is critical for improved health outcomes, inclusive education, economic empowerment, and civic participation. Progress in accelerating access to AT has…

The 71st World Health Assembly: a new Strategy and a cross-roads for eye health

IAPB Advocacy Manager
Organisation: IAPB

The 71st World Health Assembly (#WHA71), the annual decision-making body of the WHO, took place in Geneva on 21st-26thMay. Johannes Trimmel, Peter Holland and I attended, participated in numerous events, and met key WHO officials and other players. The mood was positive and optimistic: WHO Director General Dr Tedros and the new team were successful…

Ghana eliminates Trachoma

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 World Health Organization (WHO) has validated Ghana for having eliminated trachoma as a public health problem, two decades after the World Health Assembly resolved to tackle the leading infectious cause of blindness. It is the first time a WHO African Region country has been validated for eliminating trachoma as a public health problem. The…

Nepal Eliminates Trachoma

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 World Health Organization (WHO) has validated Nepal for eliminating trachoma as a public health problem–the first South East Asian country to have achieved this success. Trachoma was the second leading cause of preventable blindness in Nepal in the 1980s. The country has been working towards the elimination of trachoma and other forms of preventable…

Webinar: WHO Core Competencies in Africa

Communications Manager
Organisation: IAPB
To mark Africa Day on 25 May 2018, IAPB invites you to the webinar: WHO Core Competencies in Africa. Simona Manchiotti, Consultant WHO AFRO and Michael Gichangi, Head, Ophthalmic Services Unit, Ministry of Health, Kenya will be discussing the validation of "WHO Regional Core Competencies for Eye Heath Workers" in the Africa Region. IAPB Africa's Simon Day,…

Validating the WHO Regional Core Competencies in IAPB Africa

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

IAPB Africa started 2018 with a focus on one of our major priorities for the year: the validation of the WHO Regional Core Competencies for Eye Heath Workers in the Africa Region.  In February, WHO AFRO and IAPB held a consultation workshop in Nairobi attended by eye health experts with the overall objective of validating…

The Bhutan mRAAB Survey Begins

IAPB South East Asia Regional Coordinator
Organisation: IAPB

South East Asia is fortunate. The Lions Clubs International Foundation have yet again supported the region with a Research Grant in 2017 for a RAAB survey in Bhutan (After the surveys in Maldives and East Timor in 2016). The last time Bhutan had a blindness survey (RAAB) was in 2009 and so the 2017 follow-up…

The Future Of Eye Care In A Changing World–Call For Papers

Technical Officer, Blindness and Deafness Prevention, Disability and Rehabilitation Unit
Organisation: World Health Organization

Greetings everyone! The Bulletin of the World Health Organization has recently released a call for papers for a special theme issue on vision, and we want to make sure that everyone knows about it. The Bulletin is one of the world’s leading public health journals. It is a monthly, peer-reviewed journal with a focus on developing…

Dr Andreas Mueller returns to support WHO WPRO

Regional Program Manager, Western Pacific
Organisation: International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness

Dr Andreas Mueller has returned to supporting the Eye Health programme at the WHO Office of the Western Pacific Region. The objective of the programme is to work with countries in accelerating the implementation of “Towards Universal Eye Health: A Regional Action Plan for the Western Pacific Region (2014-2019)”. Andreas will provide technical support on…

VLEG Data–Frequently Asked Questions

Communications Manager
Organisation: IAPB
Here are some FAQs about the new Vision Loss Expert Group (VLEG) data (our VLEG FAQs!). Do leave your questions below this post as comments (if you have any more) and we will update this post. Where can I access the new data on blindness and visual impairment prevalence? The new data is available for…

The Commonwealth’s policy brief on the control of avoidable blindness and vision loss

IAPB West Africa Chair
Organisation: IAPB

Dr Fatima Kyari has a PhD in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, with a research focus on glaucoma services and control of glaucoma blindness. “I had no option but to resort to begging on the streets when I became blind. Now with my eyesight restored, I have gone back…

Charting the World Report on Vision

Director, Management of Noncommunicable Diseases, Disability, Violence and Injury Prevention
Organisation: World Health Organization

I recently participated in a side event on eye health held during the 70th World Health Assembly (WHA), where several Member States issued a call for a World Report on Vision. In my time at WHO I have overseen the development of several world reports – on violence prevention, road safety and diabetes among others…

World Health Assembly: A Side-Event, and a Call for a New Report

Director of Advocacy and Interim CEO
Organisation: IAPB

(Photo credit: ORBIS UK) Australia and Burkina Faso, Indonesia and Czech Republic, Guatemala and Austria, Kenya and Cook Island, Ethiopia and Pakistan, China, Malta, and Tonga: You may wonder why I have chosen to start this post with this list of very diverse countries. Well, they co-hosted a Side Event at this year’s World Health…

WHA70 Member State Side Event: Towards Universal Eye Health

Communications Manager
Organisation: IAPB

70th World Health Assembly Member State Side Event Towards Universal Eye Health: Taking stock of progress against the Global Action Plan – what’s working and where to from here? Thursday 25 May 2017 12.30pm – 2.00pm Room XXIV (24), Palais des Nations, Geneva Lunch and refreshments will be provided and there will be simultaneous translation…

WHO Global Health Observatory adds CSC and eCSC

Chief Executive of IAPB
Organisation: IAPB

Universal Health Coverage (UHC) is at the heart of the Sustainable Development Goal for health, and is specifically focussed upon in target 3.8. Finding good indicators to monitor UHC will be important throughout the 2016-2030 period to measure progress. IAPB has been promoting Cataract Surgical Coverage (CSC) as a UHC indicator given cataract surgery is…

This World Water Day, let’s scale up sustainable trachoma elimination efforts

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

22 March is World Water Day, a day for raising awareness and taking action to tackle the global water crisis. Today, we highlight and celebrate some of the emerging water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH)-related initiatives that are helping to ensure that trachoma is not just eliminated, but eliminated once and for all. (Photo: Good hygiene…

Women in eye care: my journey

Senior Director, Innovation and Sight Programs
Organisation: Seva Foundation

On the occasion of International Women’s Day, Dr Suzanne Gilbert from the Seva Foundation writes on her journey in eye care. Women’s Day prompts me to reflect on the many ways women influence this work. As patients, as community leaders, local NGO members, national implementers, and INGO catalysts. For today, I am also thinking of…