Noor Dubai Foundation signs MOU to launch comprehensive eye care programme in Nigeria

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

Noor Dubai Foundation, a UAE-based non-governmental charity organisation and part of the Mohamed bin Rashid Global Initiatives, has signed an agreement with the Katsina State Government of Nigeria for a comprehensive eye care programme to provide sustainable preventive and curative eye care services for the Nigerian state of Katsina. This 4-year (2019 to 2022) sustainable…

OneSight and The Gambia Sign MoU guaranteeing vision care access to all Gambians

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 Cincinnati, OH – June 28, 2019 – OneSight, the leading vision care nonprofit organization, and The Gambia government signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)  transitioning oversight of the country’s sustainable vision care infrastructure and marking a major milestone in resolving the global vision care access gap. K-T Overbey, President and Executive Director of…

Brien Holden Vision Institute Tanzania Highlights

Brien Holden Vision Institute has made substantial effort to address the challenges of eye health in Tanzania and has spent the last decade supporting the Ministry of Health to improve access to quality refractive errors services in the public sector hospitals. Over the years it has set up 14 Vision Centres across the country, 12…

Orbis secures USD $2 Million funding from the David and Molly Pyott Foundation to strengthen eye health in Zambia

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 David and Molly Pyott Foundation will invest USD $ 2 million over a period of 3 years (2019- 2021) to further support Orbis’s work in Zambia to strengthen eye health capacity and care in Lusaka. Orbis has been partnering with the Ministry of Health in Zambia for the past 9 years, implementing programmes in…

Bringing eye care to hard-to-reach people

Former Project Director CATCH programme
Organisation: Sightsavers

Since 2015 the UK aid funded CATCH programme (Coordinated Approach to Community Healthy eyes) has transformed access to eye health services across remote areas in Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Uganda and Zambia. Initially CATCH “piggybacked” trachoma programmes, using trachoma surgery camps to identify people with other eye conditions and provide treatment. The most common condition found…

International Nurses’ Day Spotlight: Petronella Nichols

Regional Director: Africa
Organisation: Brien Holden Vision Institute Foundation

Petronella Nichols, MBA, Africa Regional Director, Brien Holden Vision Institute Foundation on her journey from nursing to now… Can you describe your journey to becoming qualified as a nurse? Growing up in a country that defined my career prospects as a function of my ethnicity placed limitations on the careers to which one could aspire.…

IAPB Africa Knowledge: 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

Trachoma Mapping Ophthalmic Epidemiology, 25: Sup. 1 2020 is the target year for the elimination of trachoma as a public health problem. This issue of Ophthalmic Epidemiology contains a number of articles summarising where the Global Mapping Project has reached, including updates from Ethiopia, Uganda, Congo, Timor-Leste, Nepal, Nigeria, Zambia, Egypt, Senegal, Chad, Yemen, Eritrea,…

Orbis Closes Cape Town Office

As a result of a global program reorganization, all Orbis country offices will now report directly into Orbis International in New York, with no more regional offices.  After an analysis of our operations in South Africa, Orbis has closed the Orbis Cape Town office.  At this time, Orbis believes that it is in our best interests to re-allocate resources to support our program work in other markets that are growing faster for…

First Francophone Africa Leadership Development Programme Graduates

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 ICO supports Leadership Development Programmes (LDPs) in Anglophone and Francophone Africa with a focus on meeting the needs of future leaders in sub-Saharan Africa. With a strong and invested faculty, the LDP courses follow a model set by the AAO and cover a broad spectrum of subjects, including advocacy, engagement, society strengthening, navigating challenges,…

The ICO Embraces 15 New Ophthalmology Society Members

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

International Council of Ophthalmology (ICO) Member societies make up a strong community connecting the world’s ophthalmologists. Composed of 118 National Societies, 8 Regional Societies, and 42 International Subspecialty Member Societies, our global network is working hard to share knowledge and increase access to high-quality eye care. In 2018, the ICO welcomed the membership of 15…

Orientation Meeting for the implementation of the Primary Eye Care Training Manual

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

In February, IAPB, in collaboration with the WHO AFRO Non-Communicable Diseases (NCD) programme held a two-day Orientation Meeting in Accra, Ghana, with country representatives from Anglophone [1]countries in the sub-Saharan Africa Region in order to support them in implementing the use of the Primary Eye Care Training Manual at national level, thus building and strengthening…

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…

IAPB Africa Editorial: Making progress towards Universal Health Coverage

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

WHO has unveiled a landmark reform that targets primary care for billions of people. This “back-to-basics” targets one billion people in support of WHO’s top priority, Universal Health Coverage(UHC).  At the same time, a Resolution on Community Health Workers is to be considered at the upcoming World Health Assembly to accelerate progress on UHC and…

In Search of a Smart Silent Thief

Glaucoma Specialist
Organisation: National Eye Centre, Kaduna, Nigeria
For World Glaucoma Week, Dr Abdullahi Sadiq Mohammed takes to fiction to illustrate glaucoma's impact! Family members of a renowned Professor of medicine are yet to recover from the tragedy that had befallen them following a devastating and heart-breaking theft that resulted in a total loss of vision. It was a theft in broad daylight…

3rd International Glaucoma Symposium at Eye Foundation Hospital

Executive Assistant
Organisation: Eye Foundation Hospital
For World Glaucoma Week, Eye Foundation Hospital Group on their glaucoma symposium, discussing the priorities they identify in Africa... As we mark World Glaucoma Week 2019, we note the ongoing efforts and collaborations aimed at tackling the menace of Glaucoma in Nigeria. Glaucoma remains one of the leading causes of irreversible blindness worldwide. It is…

Promoting excellence in eye care delivery: Eye Foundation Hospital

Chief Business Development Officer
Organisation: Eye Foundation Hospital

Adeyemi Oyewumi and Frances Unuode on how the Eye Foundation Hospital promotes excellence in eye care delivery… Eye Foundation Hospital was established in 1993 with a vision to eliminate avoidable blindness through the provision of equitable, qualitative, quantitative and affordable eye care to all. Over the past 25 years, we have built a network which…

Focus On Glaucoma Webinar: Africa

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
As part of our activities to mark World Glaucoma Week 2019, IAPB presents four webinars to cover the regions of North America, Africa, South East Asia and China/West Pacific for members and partnering organisations to take part in during 10-16 March 2018. The Africa Webinar will focus on Open Angle Glaucoma: Timing: March 13th – 15:00-16:00…

WHO Afro releases Core Competencies for the Eye Health Workforce

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

WHO Afro has released the Core competencies for the Eye Health Workforce in the WHO African region. Given the shortage of human resources for eye health, and in line with the WHO approach to task shifting or sharing, this policy document is a unique contribution to detailing the competencies required of a range of eye…

Uganda’s First Batch of Optometrists

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

Today marks the momentous occasion of Uganda’s first batch of optometrists graduating at Makerere University in Kampala after completing the first optometry degree ratified in Uganda. The graduating optometrists are the first locally trained optometrists for their country and will act as the primary eye carers for optometry services for the population. Uganda is one…

Sad News: Uduak Udom

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 Council of Optometry has announced the sad news that their Immediate Past President, optometric colleague and friend, Dr. Uduak Udom has passed away after a long and courageous battle with illness. Dr Udom was also an IAPB Eye Health Hero–one of our very first. The WCO notice notes her commitment to the organisation…