VISION 2020 and Me: Taraprasad Das

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

Taraprasad Das is IAPB’s Regional Chair for South East Asia, and is also the Vice-Chair for L V Prasad Eye Institute. He was also the Chair for VISION 2020 India. He 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…

VISION 2020 INDIA elects a new board

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

New Delhi – A new VISION 2020: The Right to Sight – INDIA Board was elected at the 16th Annual General Body Meeting held online on 13 June, 2020. The new Board’s term is for three years: June 2020 – June 2023. The 17-member Board includes the members of the 9 founding members, 6 zonal…

The summary report of Bhutan School Sight Programme

Uncorrected refractive error (URE) is the leading cause of visual impairment. It is also the second major cause of blindness and the most common eye disorder in children. All of this despite being an easily treatable (with spectacles) condition.  Considering its high prevalence, impact on global economy and the effect on the quality of life…

Impact of COVID-19 on eye care in SEA region

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
COVID-19 has had a tremendous impact on eye care delivery across the globe. Country chairs and directors list out the specific impact in their countries. Bangladesh In terms of NGO eye hospital operations across the country, a brief is given below and the government has already issued a guideline and it been strictly followed. All…

Preliminary findings of Nepal RAAB

IAPB South East Asia Regional Coordinator
Organisation: IAPB

The ongoing RAAB survey in Nepal has been halted due to current Covid-19 crisis in the country. Nepal introduced a new political system in 2015, under which there are 7 provinces in the country. Under this, the health administration and planning is the responsibility of the provincial government.  The aim with the RAABs is that…

Webinar: Cost Effective Innovations in Eye Care

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
Jude Stern, Head of Knowledge at IAPB will be hosting our third COVID-19 webinar on Cost-effective innovations in eye care during the COVID-19 pandemic. Jude will be speaking to Dr Renjaraj Venkatesh from Aravind Eye Hospital and Guan Chengdong from Orbis International. Webinar Date: 20 May 2020 Time: 1200 hrs, IST Register for free

Reach Out Programme for COVID-19

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

Susrut Eye Foundation & Research Centre, based out of Kolkata, West Bengal, India has initiated ‘Reach Out Programme for Eye Emergency’ in India due to circumstances created by the COVID-19 pandemic To address the challenge, Susrut collaborated with local Police Commissionerate (Bidhannagar Police) to identify the patients who need emergency services. Seeking support of Police…

Addressing Childhood Blindness in South Sulawesi

Senior Program Manager- Eye Health
Organisation: Helen Keller International

Satyaprabha Kotha and Gwyneth Cotes on addressing Childhood Blindness in South Sulawesi… The Global Burden of Disease Study estimates that in 2010 there were more than 100 million cases of moderate and severe visual impairment (MSVI) around the world. In addition, 6.8 million cases of blindness occurred due to uncorrected refractive error (URE)[1]. Integrating vision…

Developing an affordable glaucoma drainage device in Indonesia

Managing Director
Organisation: Lions Eye Institute and Centre for Ophthalmology and Visual Science, UWA

For World Glaucoma Week,  Professor William Morgan on use of a glaucoma drainage device Indonesia… Glaucoma is the second common cause of blindness in Indonesia, with an estimated 330,000 bilaterally blind patients. The rate is approximately 7/1000 over the age of 50 are blind from glaucoma. The glaucoma prevalence rate is 5 percent with slightly more…

Glaucoma in Rural India

V S T Glaucoma Centre, Kallam Anji Reddy Campus
Organisation: LV Prasad Eye Institute

For World Glaucoma Week, Nikhil Choudhari and Rohit Khanna on glaucoma in rural India… Glaucoma is recognized as one of the leading causes of irreversible blindness across the world. According to a 2010 estimate, the number of people with glaucoma was 11 million and another 24 million were at risk of the disease in India.1 A…

The World Report on Vision Launch in Bangladesh

IAPB South East Asia Regional Coordinator
Organisation: IAPB

The WHO launched the Word Report on Vision (WRV) at a global level on 9 October, 2019 on the eve of World Sight Day 2019. Since then, IAPB in collaboration with respective Ministries of health, WHO, IAPB members and national stakeholders has been working to coordinate country launches of the World report on vision to…

2019 in Review: Highlights from IAPB South-East Asia

IAPB South East Asia Regional Coordinator
Organisation: IAPB
The year 2019 was crucial for our sector. It is the year before the end of the global campaign of IAPB and WHO Vision 2020 The Right to Sight. It is also the last year of WHO Global Action Plan 2014 – 2019. The Vision 2020 era is ending but our aspirations and global challenges…

RAAB Survey Completed in Rohingya Refugee Population in Cox Bazaar, Bangladesh

IAPB South East Asia Regional Coordinator
Organisation: IAPB

The Rohingya population of Rakhine state in Myanmar started flooding neighboring Bangladesh from August 2017, fleeing from conflict. Since then it is estimated that more than a million Rohingya refugees currently reside in Cox Bazaar District, Bangladesh. UN agencies and many international governments and non-governmental organizations are supporting the Bangladeshi government to cope with this…

Eye Health Expert’s meeting in Kathmandu

IAPB South East Asia Regional Coordinator
Organisation: IAPB

After the global launch of the World Report of Vision (WRV) in October 2019, IAPB South- East Asia (SEA) is working closely with WHO SEARO for its operationalization at the regional level. We have to schedule the regional and national level launch soon to achieve its targets of universal health coverage and Sustainable Development Goals…

New Health Policy in Nepal

IAPB South East Asia Regional Coordinator
Organisation: IAPB

Nepal is a country where eye health services are primarily delivered by non-governmental organizations.  More than 90% of eye health services are delivered by local IAPB members; Nepal Netra Jyoti Sangh and Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology. These local members are supported by members such as CBM (Germany),  Eye Care Foundation (Netherlands), the Himalayan Cataract Project…

First Eye Hospital in Bhutan

IAPB South East Asia Regional Coordinator
Organisation: IAPB

The first ever Eye Hospital in Bhutan is now open at the capital in Thimpu! It was inaugurated by Her Majesty, Gyalyum Kesang Choeden Wangchuck, the Queen Grandmother of Bhutan. IAPB member, the Himalayan Cataract Project (HCP) and Wen Giving Foundation, an organisation based in Malaysia are giving  technical and financial support. HCP is involved…

Sanduk Ruit honoured with Nepal’s Prime Minister National Talent Award

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

Senior ophthalmologist Dr Sanduk Ruit has been honoured with Nepal’s Prime Minister National Talent Award-2075. President Bidhya Devi Bhandari awarded Dr Ruit amidst a special ceremony organised by the Office of Prime Minister and Council of Ministers. The award carries a purse of Rs 500,000 and a citation. The government on 3 December 2017 had…

Reducing childhood blindness in Nepal: the National Programme for Control of Childhood Blindness

IAPB-Country Chair Nepal and Executive Director
Organisation: Nepal Netra Jyoti Sangh

In Nepal, the most blinding conditions among children are preventable; these include – Vitamin A deficiency, Xerophthalmia, measles, ophthalmia neonatorum, eye injuries, congenital cataract and congenital glaucoma.  Refractive error, squint and amblyopia are other common causes for vision impairment, low vision and unilateral blindness. National Programme for Control of Childhood Blindness In 2010, with the…

Eye Care Foundation celebrates 35 successful years

Executive Manager
Organisation: Eye Care Foundation

The Eye Care Foundation together with our partners and IAPB celebrated our 35 Anniversary on 26 August in Kathmandu.  The Honorable Dr. Surendra Kumar Yadav, State Minister for Health and Population graced the occasion. A similar celebration was also organized in Pokhara in the presence of Honorable Mr. Kiran Gurung, Minster for Economic Affairs and…