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…

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…

2018 in Review: A Letter from the Vice President

President, International Eye Foundation and Vice-President, IAPB
Organisation: International Eye Foundation
Dear colleagues, IAPB has seen a number of changes over this fast-paced year!  We welcomed Peter Holland as our new CEO who brings extensive international and management experience. He immediately dedicated time to speak with all members either in person or by phone, took on the strategic planning process for the Secretariat, and moved IAPB’s…

2018 in Review: New Beginnings at IAPB

President
Organisation: International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB)
Over a billion people can’t see well, just because they lack a pair of glasses. This line has captured the imagination of the popular press this year—the New York Times, the Guardian and the Economist have all run articles exploring this fact and the context animating our impact. A number of IAPB members and partners have worked…

IAPB: A year in photos 2018

Membership & Fundraising Officer
Organisation: IAPB
January IAPB Gender Equity work group established What a fantastic way to start the year! With The Fred Hollows Foundation, Brien Holden Vision Institute, Seva Foundation, Helen Keller International and Sightsavers at the helm, the group provides an important forum for raising awareness, sharing ideas and disseminating evidence on gender equity approaches. A New Ray…

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…

World Report on Vision to release in 2019

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 Report on Vision was due to be launched on World Sight Day, 11 October. The WHO team have announced that the document has been progressing well, but there are some areas where work is still ongoing. So, in consultation with the Editorial Committee, the WHO have decided to delay the release of the…

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…

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…