World Health Day: Celebrating Nurses

Project Officer, Lions Eye Donation Service
Organisation: Centre for Eye Research Australia

200 years ago, Florence Nightingale recognised that hand-washing and hygiene prevented the spread of infection. It is poignant, and on point, that during the WHO year of the nurse and midwife – timed to coincide with her birthdate, that nurses have been thrust into the limelight to help control the spread of COVID-19. Additionally, it…

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…

Members Mark World Health Day 2018

Communications Manager
Organisation: IAPB
Making Health truly inclusive: Light for the World Here are the two things eye care organisations need to get right, so as to equitably address disability... Find out more Flächendeckende medizinische Basisversorgung für alle Jeder Mensch auf der Welt sollte Zugang zu dringend benötigter medizinischer Hilfe haben. Was wie eine Selbstverständlichkeit klingt... Find out more…

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…

Depression and Diabetic Eye Diseases: We can break the cycle

Director of Advocacy and Interim CEO
Organisation: IAPB

On World Health Day, Johannes Trimmel, IAPB’s Director for Advocacy talks about the link between depression and diabetic eye disease and the difference their health-care professionals can make. “Depression: let’s talk” is the theme of this year’s World Health Day. This is a timely call, as mental health is generally still under-recognised. This might be…

“It’s not me!” A story about Depression and Eye Health

Country Representative, Burkina Faso
Organisation: Light for the World

On World Health Day, Elie Bagbile, Country Representative of Burkina Faso for Light for the World recounts a story close to his heart, highlighting the role of their Community-based Rehabilitation programme. Tonton Dieudonné was an exceptional teacher, very respectful and much respected, known by everybody in the community for his strong commitment to the Catholic…

No eye health without mental health: The future of person-centred eye care

Research Fellow
Organisation: Centre for Eye Research Australia

On World Health Day, Edith Holloway, Research Fellow, Centre for Eye Research Australia , writes about how few people with vision loss receive psychological intervention for depression, and what needs to be done to change that. Depression is a leading cause of ill health and disability worldwide and according to the latest estimates from the World…

Depression is an important consideration in eye care

Mental Health Advisor
Organisation: CBM

On World Health Day, with this year’s theme  – depression, Julian Eaton, CBM‘s Mental Health Advisor writes about how loss of vision can lead to depression, requiring support and care.  Doctor talking to a patient; cropped image from the WHO’s “Depression: Let’s Talk” campaign to mark World Health Day 2017 This year, World Health Day…

Depression and Blindness – Experiences from the field

Ophthalmologist, Senior Lecturer, University of Papua New Guinea
Organisation: CBM

On World Health Day, Geoffrey Wabulembo, ophthalmologist, CBM writes about his experiences with eye care patients coping with depression. Pacific Islanders; cropped image from the WHO’s “Depression: Let’s Talk” campaign to mark World Health Day 2017 Kalireku (name changed) worked as an agricultural officer for the civil service. In 2004, he had seen an eye doctor…