2019 Year-end Wrap: Korea

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

This will be remembered as the year when the Korean members of IAPB joined the ranks of  the regional leaders in eye health. Aside from Australia, Korea now has more members than any country in the Western Pacific; members who are active right across the region and beyond. World Report on Vision Launch in Seoul…

Session on the Africa Regional Plan

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

A big thank you to all who attended the IAPB Council of Members Session on The Africa Regional Plan.  We had a full house and rich and fruitful engagement from all participants.  The session covered the implementation of the IAPB Africa 2019-2022 Workplan and highlighted opportunities for member organisations to engage with it.  When originally…

2019 in Review: CEO Update

Chief Executive Officer
Organisation: The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness
2019 has been an incredibly active year for IAPB and the global eye care sector. Some of our highlights include: The first ever mention of eye health at the UN in the declaration on Universal Health Coverage adopted by the UN General Assembly in September, thanks to the unstinting efforts of the UN Friends of…

2019 in Review: A Year in Photos

Communications Coordinator
Organisation: IAPB
JANUARY Growing Membership A long standing IAPB Group C member, OneSight, opted to become a Group B member. We also started 2019 by welcoming three new Group C members: Clearly, Global Vision 2020 and Hawaiian Eye Foundation. FEBRUARY Singapore announced as the venue for Global Assembly IAPB will be hosting its Global Assembly in Singapore with SERI from October 12-14, 2020.…

2019 in Review: Global Advocacy

Head of Policy and Advocacy
Organisation: IAPB
It has been a busy year for the IAPB advocacy team. There have been a number of exciting developments and a few important firsts for eye health. Here are our top three highlights from the year. Launch of the World Report on Vision and working towards a World Health Assembly Resolution The long anticipated World…

2019 in Review: Highlights from IAPB Western Pacific

Regional Program Manager, Western Pacific
Organisation: International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness
Looking back over 2019, it’s impossible not to also look ahead to 2020. The pivotal year that many of us have been working towards throughout our career in the eye health sector, is almost upon us. It’s only fitting that our members and stakeholders are keeping one eye on the future and that they expect…

2019 in Review: Highlights from IAPB Africa

Regional Programme Coordinator
Organisation: International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB)
2019 has been a jam-packed year. We’ve had key launches (more on them below) of which the most notable for global eye health is the World Report on Vision. IAPB also returned to the African continent after the 10GA in Durban (in 2016) to Dar es Salaam for its Council. This was a very fruitful…

2019 in Review: Transition to 2020

President, International Eye Foundation and Vice-President, IAPB
Organisation: International Eye Foundation
When I haven’t travelled for about 3 months, I miss stepping over that little space between the jetway and the plane and soaring to my next challenge.  Leaving 2019 and embarking on 2020 feels like that to me.  Two decades have flown by since our meetings at WHO in 1999 to launch VISION2020/The Right to…

2019 in Review: At a crossroads

President
Organisation: International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB)
The IAPB alliance is at a crossroads. Many major initiatives of the past are winding down, and we are putting together the framework for a bold and ambitious new future. During our Council of Members meetings this year in Dar es Salaam, I shook hands with representatives from two big, remarkable initiatives to tackle avoidable…

Council of Members Experience

Policy & Advocacy Officer
Organisation: IAPB

Since starting my career at IAPB, I have felt incredibly blessed and welcomed into the eye health community. Despite, having some background in this sector following an internship at the World Health Organization, my knowledge was very limited. Everyone I spoke to taught me something new and I am getting a clearer picture of public…

New Health Policy in Nepal

IAPB South East Asia Regional Coordinator
Organisation: IAPB

Nepal is a country where eye health services are primarily delivered by non-governmental organizations.  More than 90% of eye health services are delivered by local IAPB members; Nepal Netra Jyoti Sangh and Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology. These local members are supported by members such as CBM (Germany),  Eye Care Foundation (Netherlands), the Himalayan Cataract Project…

What exactly is the World Report on Vision?!

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) launched a new report on World Sight Day this year: the World Report on Vision. The World Report on Vision provides the best available evidence on the global magnitude of eye conditions and vision impairment, takes stock of progress made and the remaining challenges facing the eye care sector,…

United Nations Ambassadors and Global NGOs Dine in the Dark at the UN, Calling for Action as WHO Vision Report Predicts Skyrocketing Vision Loss Tied to 21st Century Population Aging

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 immersive dining experience featured a menu curated by Christine Hà, the first-ever blind contestant and winner of FOX’s MasterChef New York, NEW YORK (October 25, 2019) – On Wednesday night, the Global Coalition on Aging (GCOA), the United Nations Department for Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA), and the Permanent Mission of Antigua and…

WHO Launches the World Report on Vision

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) launches this crucial framework for eye health delivery on the eve of World Sight Day 2019. Dr Alarcos Cieza speaking at the launch of the World Report on Vision in Geneva.  The World Health Organization (WHO) and their partners from the eye health sector, including the International Agency for the…

Spearheading change in access to assistive technology: the GREAT Report

IAPB Advocacy Manager
Organisation: IAPB

The resolution WHA71.8 – Improving access to assistive technology calls upon WHO to prepare a global report on effective access to assistive technology (GREAT Report) by 2021. Complementing the World Report on Vision, the GREAT report will be a major tool in spearheading change to overcome the massive unmet need in access to assistive technologies,…

IAPB Western Pacific: Stronger Together

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

“We have fifteen doctor, twenty three eye nurses and two technicians. But we only have one professor, so we’re just a small provincial hospital,” laments Dr Wang as he shows me around the Dali Hospital in Western Yunnan. “That’s why we’re so happy you came to visit us, so that people will know that anyway…

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…

IAPB Africa Planning meeting

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

The IAPB Africa Planning meeting took place in Accra as the first of a series of IAPB regional meetings following the development of the 2018-2021 IAPB Global Secretariat Plan. The meeting brought together participants from across Africa, representing the secretariat, members and partners. The meeting had three objectives: To draft the 2019-2022 IAPB Africa Strategic…

2018 in Review: Global Advocacy

IAPB Advocacy Manager
Organisation: IAPB
A key focus for IAPB advocacy in 2018 was contributing to the development of the World Report on Vision and planning for its advocacy and national-level launches. During the year, IAPB organised members’ webinars and consultations, and coordinated contributions to the report. IAPB also submitted to the consultation and co-authored a background paper with members, and…

2018 in Review: IAPB Western Pacific

Regional Program Manager, Western Pacific
Organisation: International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness
“But what are you doing here?” I got this question a lot as I wrote this, sitting in the Mongolian capital, Ulan Baatar (UB), where it was -27 degrees outside! “We’ve never had a meeting in December. Nobody comes in December!” And really, indeed - why would I come here in December? Simply: because this meeting…