Launch of UN Friends of Vision Group

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

First meeting/Image taken from Clearly/Twitter On World Sight Day in October Ambassador Aubrey Webson, Permanent Representative of Antigua and Barbuda to the United Nations, convened the first meeting of the UN Friends of Vision group. It followed considerable efforts by Clearly, the organisation founded by James Chen to persuade governments to take notice of the…

IAPB WPR Focus: Editorial November 2018

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

Hi everyone, Moving into the home-stretch for 2019, IAPB Western Pacific has doubled-down on efforts to address some of our members’ key priorities in eye health. Together with WHO and the Malaysian Ministry of Health, we held a Cataract Surgery Outcomes Meeting in Kuala Lumpur during September; as you read this we are holding another…

World Sight Day 2018 celebrations in the Western Pacific

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

For World Sight Day 2018, activities were held right across the region, proving this year’s theme “Eye Care Everywhere” has never been more apt. In the UK World Sight Day was trending on twitter – a terrific effort from the IAPB Comms team. Of course, the sun rises on WSD out here in the Western…

Launch of Korean Eye Care Working Group

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

On World Sight Day 2018, Korean members of IAPB launched a Korean Eye Care working group. October 11, saw the first meeting of the Korean Eye Care Working Group, organized by IAPB Members Severance University (many of you will know them as Project BOM) and hosted by the Korean Ophthalmology Society (KOS). Increasingly evident across the…

Eye Care Everywhere For PNG

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

In Papua New Guinea (PNG) there are so many activities associated with World Sight Day that events typically stretch throughout the month. This October was no different, culminating in a plethora of activities during the last week of the month. There was a Trachoma Action Planning Workshop led by the Fred Hollows Foundation Australia, a…

Connect and Learn with IAPB this Autumn/Winter

Membership & Fundraising Officer
Organisation: IAPB

This Autumn/Winter IAPB are offering some exciting opportunities for members to connect and learn with experts from across the network. Also on offer are chances to input into IAPB’s World Sight Day Activities report and opportunities to speak to IAPB CEO Peter Holland. Drop in sessions with IAPB CEO Peter Holland IAPB CEO Peter Holland…

IAPB members celebrate World Sight Day 2018: a social media round-up

Communications Coordinator
Organisation: IAPB

This year’s World Sight Day is just past (11th October 2018 to be exact). World Sight Day was celebrated across the IAPB membership with press conferences, walks, outreach activities, events with MoH, and more, and we loved seeing all of your celebrations and tags on social media. We have already received emails from many of…

Orbis Flying Eye Hospital Project Celebrates 20 Years of Eye Care in Ethiopia

Orbis just wrapped its three-week Flying Eye Hospital project in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia celebrating their 20th anniversary of sight saving work in the country. The Federal Ministry of Health and the Ophthalmological Society of Ethiopia partnered with the international NGO to train local eye care teams in adult and pediatric surgery techniques, hosted by the…

#EyeCareEveryWhere Photo Competition Winners

Communications Officer
Organisation: IAPB

We are delighted to announce this year’s World Sight Day #EyeCareEveryWhere Photo competition winners and runners-up. As with every year, we have one winner each for the professional and amateur categories, along with five runners-up. Firstly, our massive gratitude to each of you who have taken time out to send us pictures—some of you who…

The Dubai Health Authority and Noor Dubai Foundation sign MoU to benefit those suffering from critical eye disease

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

Press release UAE, Dubai, October 11, 2018: The Dubai Health Authority (DHA) and Noor Dubai Foundation signed a MoU on Thursday (11 October) to benefit UAE residents in need, who are suffering from critical eye diseases or chronic diseases that may lead to visual impairment. The MoU was signed on World Sight Day, which falls on…

Shanghai Eye Disease Prevention and Treatment Centre launch music festival for World Sight Day

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

On the occasion of World Sight Day, 2018, IAPB Group A Member, Shanghai Eye Disease Prevention and Treatment Centre launched the Shanghai Outdoor Music Festival which will be held in the Central Park on Saturday November 24. This initiative is driven by the need for children and young adults to spend more time outdoors to…

Ophthalmology Residents and Staff at Universities Across Canada Sweat for Sight

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

Press Release Vancouver, BC – October 11, 2018: This World Sight Day, ophthalmology residents and department staff at four universities across the country will Sweat for Sight and compete to raise money and awareness for Seva Canada’s eye care programmes in low-income countries. World Sight Day, the annual day of awareness to focus global attention…

Optical Coalition champions Global Access to eye care

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

Press Release Denver CO – Oct 4nd, 2018: Leading global optometric companies and networks are coming together as a coalition to help the 1.2 billion people worldwide who are unnecessarily vision impaired, simply because they don’t have access to an eye exam and glasses. Thanks to the campaign organised by Optometry Giving Sight, leading optical…

Photo Competition Stories: A trip to Uganda

Communications Officer
Organisation: IAPB

The World Sight Day Photo Competitions have attracted a lot of quality submissions from around the world; each with a story to tell. Terry Cooper talks about his visit to Uganda.  A VISION2020 LINKS programme team lead by council member Clare Davey was sent to Uganda in April 2015, where they set up a diabetic retinopathy…

Photo Competition Stories: Gezaw Sheferaw

Communications Coordinator
Organisation: IAPB

The World Sight Day Photo Competitions have attracted a lot of quality submissions from around the world; each with a story to tell. This post is about Gezaw Sheferaw, an Ethiopian farmer with cataract in one eye. The pictures and inputs have been provided by Ulrich Eigner, on assignment with Light for the World. Thank you…

Photo Competition Stories: Eye care in Ethiopia

Communications Coordinator
Organisation: IAPB
The World Sight Day Photo Competitions have attracted a lot of quality submissions from around the world; each with a story to tell. This post is about Graham Coates' assignment with Vision Aid Overseas in Ethiopia. The pictures and inputs have been provided by Graham – Thank you Graham! Farmers waiting their turn to get their vision screened/ Photo…

Delegate Picks for the photo competition from the IAPB Council 2018

Communications Officer
Organisation: IAPB

We asked delegates at the IAPB Council of Members 2018 (15-16 September) to pick their favourite photos from this year’s Photo Competition (which is ongoing)—and we have our picks! Delegate Pick: Professional South Sudan, Rajaf School for the blinds, 2017. A teacher and her pupils as they walk just outside their classrooms during recess. The…

WSD Photo Competition: Popular Picks At the IAPB Council

Communications Manager
Organisation: IAPB

IAPB, with support from Bayer, is back with its fourth online photo competition on the theme “Eye Care Everywhere” ending on World Sight Day (11 October 2018). Prizes include a DSLR camera and a cash prize! Find out more at http://photocomp.iapb.org(Do use the hashtag #EyeCareEverywhere). After the immense success of our three successive photo competitions,…

#EyeCareEverywhere Photo Competition 2018 is live!

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

IAPB, with support from Bayer, is back with its fourth online photo competition on the theme “Eye Care Everywhere” ending on World Sight Day (11 October 2018). Prizes include a DSLR camera and a cash prize! Find out more at http://photocomp.iapb.org (Do use the hashtag #EyeCareEverywhere) After the immense success of our three successive photo…

Welcoming 2018 at Seeing is Believing

Project Officer, Seeing is Believing
Organisation: IAPB

2017 was an exciting year for Seeing is Believing (SiB).  As of December 2017, there are 49 active projects in 27 countries. Highlights from 2017 included the successful close out of some of our large East Africa Child Eye Health consortium projects, click here to find out the impact they had. We have now implemented 167 eye…