The 72nd World Health Assembly – A decisive moment for the WHO, UHC and Eye Health

Head of Policy and Advocacy
Organisation: IAPB

The World Health Assembly (WHA) is an annual gathering of all the world’s health ministers and a key opportunity for advocates to be seen and heard on their respective health issues. This year, the theme of the WHA was “Health for All” and as such there was a strong focus on closing the gap and…

2018 in Review: IAPB Africa

Regional Programme Coordinator
Organisation: International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB)
2018 has been a fantastic year at the IAPB Africa office and our region as a whole. We’ve undertaken multi-level advocacy activities, held important workshops, seen the publication of the WHO AFRO Primary Eye Care Training Manual, moved the WHO Regional Core Competencies for Eye Heath Workers in the Africa Region document to the final…

An update on the World Report on Vision and WHO’s future areas of work

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

Greetings everyone. It has been a little while since you last heard from us, so we thought it would be good to provide an update on the World report on vision and some of our other work. As many of you know, we decided a few months ago, in consultation with the Editorial Committee, to…

Child Health must include Eye Health

Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon
Organisation: International Centre for Eye Health

On World/Universal Children’s Day, Aeesha Malik, International Centre for Eye Health, on why child health must include Eye Health and how a child health care programme in Tanzania is leading the way… Ashura Hemed knew soon after her son, Shadrack, was born that there was something wrong with his eyes. They looked larger, were watery…

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…

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…

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…

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)…