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…

Quality of life and productivity gains for textile workers provided near vision correction : A study

Communications Manager / Project Officer - Public Health
Organisation: Brien Holden Vision Institute

An estimated 1.1 billion people had uncorrected near vision impairment globally in 2015,1 with the majority of it occurring in developing countries. In some locations it has been found that over 90% of people don’t have the near vision spectacles that they need. 2,3 The impact of uncorrected presbyopia on people’s lives has gone largely…

IAPB Africa Knowledge: reviews and publications

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

Community Health Workers: Review of Reviews K. Scott, S. W. Beckham, M. Gross, G. Pariyo, K. D. Rao, G. Cometto & H. B. Perry, What do we Know about Community-based Health Worker Programs? A Systematic Review of Existing Reviews on Community Health Workers, Human Resources for Health, 2018, 16. FINDINGS: We identified 122 reviews (75…

Aid Transparency Index 2018

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 past year has been a complex and challenging one for aid and development transparency. To help fulfil development needs and ambitious global objectives, such as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), more and better aid and development finance than ever is required, especially at a time when some donors’ budgets are being reduced. To help…

Nigeria Launches New Health Plan

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 Federal government has launched the second National Strategic Health Development Plan (NSHDP) to deepen healthcare service delivery in the country. The new NSHDP was initiated after the first plan came to an end in 2015 after a five-year period. Launching the new plan at the ongoing National Council on Health (NCH) in Kano State,…

Launch of an Ethical Agreement for use of Eye Tissue

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

On June 14th – just before the WOC in Barcelona, professionals from around the world gathered to support and launch a new global Agreement on the use of donated human tissue for ocular transplantation, research, and future technologies, named the Barcelona Principles: An Agreement on the use of human donated tissue for ocular transplantation, research…

ICO Events: WOC 2018 Round-up

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

A total of 8,000 participants from 146 countries benefited from the WOC2018 scientific programme that included the latest developments in eye health, eye disease management, and ophthalmic education. Spread over four days, more than 400 sessions and 623 e-posters were presented.  The WOC2018 scientific programme proved to be an incredibly valuable learning experience. We invite…

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…

Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust supports strengthening of sub-specialisation

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

There is a growing recognition in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) of the need for increased sub-specialisation in areas of ophthalmic care such as glaucoma, cornea, oculoplastic, paediatric ophthalmology and retinal services. The College of Ophthalmology of Eastern, Central and Southern Africa (COECSA) and West Africa College of Surgeons (WACS) had been working separately on ways to…

Brien Holden Vision Institute at the CSTL Conference

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

Recognizing that uncorrected refractive errors is a barrier to learning among many children, the Institute was invited to make a presentation on NGO support to addressing refractive errors among school children at  the South Africa  inaugural conference on Care and Support to Teaching and Learning (CSTL). The conference was organized by the National Department of…

Orbis Africa: Human Resources in the spotlight

Up to 75% of all blindness and visual impairment is preventable, but it takes the right human resources to stop these conditions in their tracks. This is why, since 2016, Orbis International Africa, in partnership with the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) in Africa, the Amref International University and the College of Ophthalmology of…

The Power of the Collective: Ghana Eye Health Consortium

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 believes “that by working together we have far greater chances of achieving change than any one organisation can alone.” To this end, IAPB actively seeks partnerships and collaboration with others as an effective means to achieve its vision. Partnerships and collaboration are often spoken about as ways to achieve greater impact, but it isn’t…

Eye Heath Data on the Africa Health Observatory

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 Africa Health Observatory (AHO), a product of the World Health Organization’s Regional Office for Africa, is a web-based platform that serves four functions: a) Storage and sharing of data and statistics for elaboration; b) Production and sharing of evidence through the analysis and synthesis of information; c) Sustaining networks and communities, for better translation…

WHO: New Strategy for NCDs

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

A new World Health Organization Report, Saving Lives, Spending Less: A Strategic Response to NCDs, has put forward 6 recommendations to combat the global epidemic of non-communicable diseases (NCDs). Convened by Dr Tedros to advise on accelerating progress towards Sustainable Development Goal 3.4 on the prevention and treatment of NCDs, the Commission has stated that…

IAPB Africa Advocacy Capacity Building Workshop

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

This workshop was the fourth such event, building on the success of similar workshops in Ghana (2014 and 2015) and Togo (2017). The overall objective of these workshops has been to equip the eye health sector with the tools and techniques to integrate the planning the eye heath workforce into broader national HRH plans as…

Vacancy: Finance and Administration Officer (Ghana)

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

Vision for a Nation is seeking a Finance and and Administration Officer based out of Ghana. Job Title: Finance and Administration Officer – Ghana (24 months fixed term, with potential for extension) Location: VFAN Office, Accra, Ghana Reports To: Programme Manager – Ghana Salary Range and Benefits: 7000 – 10,000 GHC per month, 23 days annual leave excl. public holidays…

CoM 2018: IAPB Africa Update

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

The IAPB Council of Members 2018 was a new and exciting opportunity for members to meet, taking part in member-led sessions and to connect with new partners.  One of the themes of the Council has been integrating eye care into broader health systems. The presence and vocal support of the Ministers of Health from India…

IAPB Africa Editorial: An Exciting Time for Eye Health

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

The development landscape is changing as donor budgets are being reduced and new actors appear on the scene to help to meet our ambitious development goals – the Sustainable Development Goal (SDGs). This issue of the Newsletter draws our attention to a number of new initiatives which, if adopted and implemented by countries and member…

Webinar: Primary Eye Care Training Manual

Regional Programme Coordinator
Organisation: International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB)
Webinar: Primary Eye Care Training Manual IAPB Africa held a Webinar: Primary Eye Care Training Manual on 22 August 2018. It was led by two presenters, Dr Ciku Mathenge, Technical Advisor to WHO AFRO in the development of the package (and IAPB Eye Health Hero) to present on the PEC training Manual document and Dr Bo Wiafe, Chair of the IAPB…