Myanmar hosts a key workshop

IAPB South East Asia Regional Coordinator
Organisation: IAPB

The capital city of Myanmar – Nay Pi Taw, a beautiful and well-planned city – is mainly inhabited by Myanmarese government employees and is a sight to behold. On 27-28 July, the city played host to ‘The National Stakeholders Consultation Workshop’, organized by the Myanmarese Ministry of Health (MoH), to develop a National Action Plan…

2 million!

Communications Manager
Organisation: IAPB

The IAPB website is poised to mark an internal milestone – 2 million views since launch. What is even more encouraging for us is the fact that we managed to halve the time it took us to reach the second million – the first million took us 16 months, while the second took just 8.…

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…

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)…

Bayer HealthCare Supports World Sight Day Event

Global Advocacy
Organisation: Bayer

On October 9, Bayer colleagues worldwide came together to support World Sight Day (WSD) – an international day to promote awareness of avoidable blindness and its prevention – with various activities. About 285 million people are visually impaired worldwide. About 90 percent of those affected live in developing countries. Preventable causes are as high as…

Bob McMullan on the IAPB WSD14 Event – and the future

President
Organisation: International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB)

My first response to the proceedings on World Sight Day in Mexico is one of gratitude. Gratitude to the organisers, of course, but also to the many government, professional and NGO representatives who made it so successful. What did we learn? First: that with the cooperation of the range of professional eye health bodies and…

VISION 2020 Latin America meeting, Mexico City

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

As we get ready for the World Sight Day Gala event in Mexico City tomorrow, here are a bunch of pre-meetings and interviews going on. These are pictures from the VISION 2020 Latin America meeting that will see almost all Latin American countries represented here. With Ecuador being declared Onchocerciasis free, among other achievements, and…

Ebola

Director of Development and Communications
Organisation: IAPB

The current outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in West Africa has been declared a ‘public health emergency of international concern’ by the World Health Organization. First identified in Guinea, it has spread to Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria – all in West Africa. The outbreak has led to a lot of concerns and anxieties…

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.…

WHO and World Bank disappoint in the latest Post-2015 thinking

Chief Executive of IAPB
Organisation: IAPB

At the 67th WHA, Assistant Director General Marie-Paule Kieny unveiled WHO’s latest thinking with regard to the health goal in the post-2015 thinking – there is an overall goal of “Ensure healthy lives and universal health coverage at all ages” together with four sub-goals (click on image). Overall, this appears to be shaping up well…