VISION 2020 and Me: Hannah Faal

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

Hannah Faal was the President of IAPB when VISION 2020 was launched in 1999. She discusses some of the achievements of VISION 2020 in this ‘Vision Excellence‘ blog series to mark the end of VISION 2020. What was VISION 2020’s impact on eye care and service delivery in Latin America? Soon after VISION 2020: The…

The Al Basar International Foundation – The Makkah eye complex Maradi and Niger Institute for Comprehensive Eye health

Regional Medical Director
Organisation: Al-Basar International Foundation

Al Basar International Foundation is working on the prevention of blindness in Africa and Asia, through provision of Primary, Secondary and Tertiary eye care by establishing eye hospitals, mobile outreach, community eye care and indigenous human resource development , Foundation has established 29 eye hospitals in Africa and Asia and has conducted more than 1550…

Vision for a Nation’s PEC Programme Expands to Ghana’s Upper East Region

Head of Programmes
Organisation: Vision for a Nation

In 2019, Vision For a Nation (VFAN) Ghana mobilized a group of senior Ghanaian eye health professionals and with their input, published the first Ghana Primary Eye Care Training Manual. It is our hope that within the next 5 years, with the support of the GHS and the wider eye health NGO community in Ghana,…

Orientation Meeting for the implementation of the WHO AFRO Primary Eye Care Training Manual in Lusophone Member States

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

In 2018 WHO AFRO published The Primary Eye Care training manual, the purpose of which manual is to provide guidance in the design, implementation and evaluation of a course that aims to build and strengthen the capacity of health personnel to manage eye patients at primary-level health facilities in the African Region. Its content focuses…

Key Recommendations on Eye Health at the West African Health Organization Meeting

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

The 10th Annual Meeting of Health Information Systems national managers, Technical and Financial Partners was organised by the West African Health Organization (WAHO) in collaboration with USAID/RAD Project and the Economic and Monetary Union of West Africa (UEMOA).  The meeting was held from 27th – 30th January, 2020, in Banjul, The Gambia. The main objective…

World Glaucoma Week marked by a webinar for Africa

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

IAPB recently marked World Glaucoma Week with its Focus On: Glaucoma initiative for the second year running. At a time that has been very difficult for many people, the eye health community came together to raise awareness of the world’s largest cause of irreversible blindness particularly in Africa where it is most prevalent.  Thank you…

IAPB Africa Editorial: Challenging times

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

This newsletter reaches you when the world around us has turned topsy-turvy. Lockdowns and stay-in-place have become common place in many countries around the world. Africa too is bracing itself for the horrors of this new pandemic, COVID-19. In around March, in an effort to slow the spread of the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) the governments…

An eye health resolution at the East, Central and Southern Africa Health Community Health Ministers Conference

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

The East, Central and Southern Africa Health Community 69th Health Ministers Conference was held in, Lusaka, Zambia from 19th to 21st February 2020. The Conference was attended by Honourable Ministers, Heads of Delegation and senior officials from ECSA Health Community Member States, partner organisations, research institutions, civil society organisations and other key stakeholders. The theme…

Early Rehabilitation of the Blind child as a continuum of care

IAPB Low vision working group, Sub-regional manager West Africa
Organisation: Brien Holden Vision Institute Foundation

On World Optometry Day, Dr Anne Ebri, shares an inspiring optometry driven initiative to give children with low vision access to their right of education… Children who are born blind or who become blind at a very young age should receive special education as soon as possible. There have been campaigns to support schools to…

Live Report: Catalyzing glaucoma treatment and training in Ethiopia

Clinical Associate Professor of Ophthalmology, Kellogg Eye Center for International Ophthalmology and Clinical Associate Professor at The University of Tennessee
Organisation: Kellogg Eye Center for International Ophthalmology

For World Glaucoma Week, Dr. Scott Lawrence, Kellogg Eye Center for International Ophthalmology (KECIO) reports from an active surgical outreach to alleviate blindness in Southern Ethiopia. A farmer carries his 3-year-old son into the exam room. Our cursory examination reveals enlarged eyes with cloudy corneas and elevated eye pressures. Undiagnosed and untreated congenital glaucoma remains…

Glaucoma Challenges in Africa

Executive Vice-President Middlle East Africa Council of Ophthalmology

For World Glaucoma Week, Amel Meddeb-Ouertani on why we need to come together to tackle glaucoma especially in Africa… Africa is the poorest region in the world: ½ of the population live on less than 1 $/ day. Millions of people don’t have access to health care in general and less than 25% currently have regular access…

Azah and the big grey, tearing and blinking eye

Pediatric ophthalmologist and squint surgeon
Organisation: Abii Specialist Medical Foundation

For World Glaucoma Week, Dr Marvice Okwen on glaucoma in Cameroon and what needs to be done… While setting up my slit lamp, a blind man walked in, holding a 2month old baby; and said, ‘doctor! I heard you over the radio talking about glaucoma in children; I think my child has the kind of eyes…

Why is treating glaucoma with eye drops so difficult?

Ophthalmologist
Organisation: ICEH and Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital, Bauchi Nigeria
For World Glaucoma Week, Mohammed Abdull on why is treating glaucoma with eye drops so difficult... Glaucoma as a disease is usually only discovered following an eye check-up before onset of symptoms in most patients. Meaning there are many patients out there with the disease but not aware of it. Thus, it is important that…

The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 2020

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

Updated on 16 April Coronavirus and the 2020 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Rwanda Statement by The Commonwealth Secretariat The next Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) is scheduled for June 2020 in Kigali in Rwanda. The Commonwealth Secretariat and the Government of Rwanda are monitoring developments regarding the spread and impact of the…

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: 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…

The Kilimanjaro Center for Community Ophthalmology

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 Kilimanjaro Center for Community Ophthalmology (KCCO) works with partners to support the implementation of programmes in Africa in the areas of comprehensive eye care, childhood blindness and low vision, and trachoma elimination. Through its three pillars of activities (planning and change implementation, training and capacity building, and operational research), KCCO is currently supporting activities…

13th Regional Eye Health Partners Meeting for West Africa

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

Following a regional meeting on eye health organized by West Africa Health Organisation (WAHO) in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire on 4-6 June 2002, it was recommended that a Regional Eye Health NGDOs Coordination Group be established to support WAHO and : Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Member States to eliminate avoidable blindness by the…

COECSA & Partners Support the development of ROP, Retinoblastoma and DR Guidelines

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

Through a collaborative project dubbed, Health Systems Strengthening Project in ECSA Region, COECSA has supported the development of clinical management guidelines in Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP) and Diabetic Retinopathy in Kenya. The project has also supported the development and dissemination of the Retinoblastoma and Diabetic Retinopathy guidelines in the Republic of Tanzania. The project, in…

COECSA Elects New President

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 Annual Scientific Congress of the College of Ophthalmology of Eastern, Central &Southern Africa (COECSA) was held in August 21-23rd in Kigali Rwanda. The Congress attracted over 500 delegates from over 55 nationalities as well as over 30 exhibitors from around the world. This event marks one of the largest and well attended scientific congresses…