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…

PEEK App Boosts Eye Health Among Children

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

Screening schoolchildren’s eyesight using the world’s first clinically-tested smartphone vision check app has more than doubled the proportion of children attending follow-up appointments in a trial comparing it to conventional screening, according to new research published in The Lancet Global Health. The Peek school eye health system is an integrated smartphone screening system which includes…

Inaugural Meeting of the ECSA-HC Experts Committee on Eye Health

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

As reported in the IAPB Africa Newsletter 2017 Q2, the East, Central and Southern African Health Community (ECSA HC), with support of College of Ophthalmologists of East Central and Southern Africa (COECSA) and IAPB established the ECSA-HC expert committee on eye health in an effort to raise and sustain the eye health agenda high at…

RAAB in Inhambane, Mozambique

Projects Manager
Organisation: Eyes Of The World (Fundació Ulls del Món)

Francisco Sanz León works as a Projects Manager for Ulls del món (also known as Eyes of the World) and won the Amateur Prize in last year’s #MakeVisionCount photo competition. He writes about the RAAB in Inhambane, Mozambique, where he took his winning photo. My name is Francisco Sanz León and I work as a…

WHO Afro releases 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

The WHO Regional Office for Africa has launched a training manual entitled “Primary Eye Care Training Manual – A course to strengthen the capacity of health personnel to manage eye patients at primary-level health facilities in the African Region”. The purpose of this manual is to provide guidance in the design, implementation and evaluation of…

Eye Bank of Ethiopia Celebrates 15 Years of Service

Communications Manager
Organisation: Himalayan Cataract Project

Partners in eye care, Orbis International, Himalayan Cataract Project and SightLife honor milestone for the highest volume eye bank in sub-Saharan Africa. For the past 15 years the Eye Bank of Ethiopia has worked tirelessly to reverse corneal blindness in the country through the collection and processing of donor corneas. Founded through an agreement between…

ODI: Leaving No-one Behind in Access to Vision

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

Khan, A, Engen, L. & Desai H., Leaving No One Behind In Access to Vision: Catalysing Funding for Primary Eye Care, ODI Report, April 2018 In 2017, James Chen, founder of the UK-based eye health agency – Vision For A Nation – published the book Clearly: How a 700-year old invention can change the world…

Knowledge (July 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

Eye Health Khan, A, Engen, L. & Desai H., Leaving No One Behind In Access to Vision: Catalysing Funding for Primary Eye Care, ODI Report, April 2018, Chandana, Traci et al., Association of Mortality with Ocular Diseases and Visual Impairment in the Age-Related Eye Disease Study 2, Report Number 13, AAO, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ophtha.2017.10.028 Thomsen, Bach-Holmin et…

Nursing Now

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 collaboration with the World Health Organization and International Council of Nurses, Nursing Now aims to raise the status and profile of nursing. We work to empower nurses to take their place at the heart of tackling 21st Century health challenges. Run in collaboration with the World Health Organization and International Council of Nurses, Nursing Now seeks to…

Collective Efforts: Zanzibar’s Universal Pension Scheme and HelpAge Int

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

HelpAge International Missing millions: How older people with disabilities are excluded from humanitarian response (executive summary). This is the executive summary of a report exploring how older people with disabilities’ rights and needs are widely overlooked in humanitarian responses. It highlights barriers they face in getting assistance and how these can be overcome. Zanzibar’s Universal…

Training Opportunities (June 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

University of Cape Town Division of Ophthalmology Community Eye Health Institute UCT CEHI – Alcon Ophthalmology Surgery Training Unit There are six courses available in 2018: Dates Title of course 02 – 06 July 2018 Trabeculectomy 09 – 13 July 2018 Trabeculectomy 25 – 29 September 2018 Phaco-emulsification surgery 19 – 23 November 2018 Manual…

The Effectiveness of Glasses in Rural Burkina Faso

Inventor and Chairman
Organisation: OneDollarGlasses

What are people in rural Burkina Faso willing to pay for OneDollarGlasses? This study sheds light on the potential to distribute glasses through the market in a poor rural context. There are millions of people around the world in need of glasses but cannot afford them.  As a result, there are children who cannot learn…

African Ophthalmology Council Has New Staff

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 African Ophthalmology Council (AOC) are pleased to announce the addition of a new staff to their offices. Ms. Vestal Fick, from Cape Town (South Africa), joins the AOC as their Manager. This new role was created to provide professional management and administrative support to the AOC President, Executive Committee and other committees and task…

Arclight Tandem 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

Alex McMaster and Merlin Hetherington are students at the University of St Andrews. In October 2018 they will set off from Cairo on a 10,000km cycle to Cape Town. They will be travelling through parts of the African continent that have limited access to health resources, but where there is often a high burden of…

Towards A Common Future

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 global vision crisis was recognised at a meeting of world leaders for the first time in history.  The heads of all 53 Commonwealth nations committed to action to achieve ‘quality eye care for all’ – a landmark decision that can change hundreds of millions of lives in the years ahead. The key clause (N0.33)…

The COECSA/WACS Sub-Specialist Fellowship Development Workshop

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

Recent decades have brought a much greater understanding of disease processes, and a proliferation of treatment modalities to tackle these diseases. This expansion in the knowledge and skills required has driven ophthalmologists and other eye health professionals to become progressively more subspecialised to maintain expertise and promote quality of care. Sub-Saharan Africa is also experiencing…

IAPB Africa Editorial: Ophthalmic Nurses and Nursing Now

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

Ophthalmic Nurses (ONs) provide the backbone of eye health services in Africa, whether working alongside the surgeon in theatre, taking care of patients, running a busy OPD or, in many settings, working alone to provide eye health services in remote and underserved locations. With the number of ONs (and the Francophone ISOs) now in the region…

Ghana eliminates Trachoma

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 Health Organization (WHO) has validated Ghana for having eliminated trachoma as a public health problem, two decades after the World Health Assembly resolved to tackle the leading infectious cause of blindness. It is the first time a WHO African Region country has been validated for eliminating trachoma as a public health problem. The…

Vacancy: Country Director; Ghana (VAO)

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

Location: Accra, Ghana Reports to: Director of Programmes (in the UK) Salary: Competitive salary commensurate with experience Contract terms: Full time, initially for 12 months with strong likelihood of extension Leave: 25 days holiday per annum plus public holidays Travel requirements: Extensive domestic travel with some international travel required About Vision Closing date: Thursday 21st June 2018 (Interview dates to be confirmed) Vision…

Dr. Bo Wiafe retires from Operation Eyesight Universal

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

Dr. Boateng Wiafe who has been associated with Operation Eyesight Universal since 1985 has retired from his position. With more than 35 years’ experience in eye care, Dr. Wiafe is recognized as an authority in the development of sustainable eye care in Africa. In the early days, he was one of only eight ophthalmologists in Zambia.…