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

CHOGM 2020 will be held at the Kigali Convention Centre during the week starting 22 June. Leaders from all 53 Commonwealth countries are expected to attend. The theme for the meeting is ‘Delivering A Common Future: Connecting, Innovating, Transforming’ Visit Rwanda’s CHOGM Website

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…

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…