The Bhutan mRAAB Survey Begins

IAPB South East Asia Regional Coordinator
Organisation: IAPB

South East Asia is fortunate. The Lions Clubs International Foundation have yet again supported the region with a Research Grant in 2017 for a RAAB survey in Bhutan (After the surveys in Maldives and East Timor in 2016). The last time Bhutan had a blindness survey (RAAB) was in 2009 and so the 2017 follow-up…

Pediatric Optometry Workshop at Susrut Eye Foundation & Research Centre

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 Pediatric Optometry Workshop jointly organised by Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry and Susrut Eye Foundation & Research Centre will be held from January 11 to 13, 2018 in Kolkata, India. Venue: Susrut Eye Foundation & Research Centre, HB-36/A/1, Sector-III, Salt Lake City, Kolkata-700106 Open to Interns and 3rd year students Deadline to register: Monday, 1 January,…

OEU Investigates Eye Health in Maldives, Sri Lanka

IAPB South East Asia Regional Coordinator
Organisation: IAPB

Operation Eyesight Universal (OEU), along with IAPB, visited Maldives and Sri Lanka to explore the feasibility of extending support to strengthen eye health service delivery there. In the second week of November, I accompanied a team from Operation Eyesight Universal to explore opportunities for improving eye health services in Sri Lanka and Maldives, two countries…

ROP in India: Change Is On the Horizon

Director of Programmes
Organisation: The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust

On World Prematurity Day,  Andrew Cooper, Director of Programmes, The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust writes on the Trust’s work on ROP and talks about a visit seeing some of their work in India. Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP) is a heart-breaking disease that causes blindness in babies born prematurely. It occurs when they are administered…

South East Asia Day at CoM

IAPB South East Asia Regional Coordinator
Organisation: IAPB

At IAPB Council of Member’s meeting the South East Asia (SEA) Day was attended by almost 300 participants from over 70 organisations throughout the globe. It is considered as one of the biggest IAPB CoM meeting. The meeting was divided into seven sessions: Setting the tone, Cataract, Glaucoma, Uncorrected Refractive Error, Diabetic Retinopathy, Cornea and…

LVPEI Institution named after Brien Holden

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

  Brien Holden’s influence in eye care in India has been immortalised following the inauguration of the Brien Holden Institute for Optometry and Vision Sciences by L.V. Prasad Eye Institute (LVPEI). The newly named institution, which incorporates the Bausch and Lomb School of Optometry, specialises in education, research, patient care and human resource capacity building…

Community Eye Health Courses: LVPEI 2017

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

One of the major problems in prevention, accurate diagnosis and treatment of eye diseases is the lack of trained human resources. To address this issue, the L V Prasad Eye Institute (LVPEI) is offering two courses in Community Eye Health. Diploma in Community Eye Health (DCEH) The course aims to impart knowledge and skills required…

Approved SightFirst Grants August 2017

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 SightFirst Advisory Committee has approved several SightFirst grants in August 2017. The approved grants are for comprehensive eye care services including cataract, diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma treatment, elimination of trachoma and river blindness, uncorrected refractive error in school-children, as well as research grants. Two SightFirst Research grants have been awarded to IAPB for Bhutan…

Cataract and Mental Health

Cataract and mental health: Impact of cataract surgery on the psychosocial challenges faced by people affected by the condition in India Elizabeth Kurian and Pankaj Vishwakarma from Mission for Vision write about the psychological impact of cataract surgery analysed using their system PRISM. The association between poor vision and mental health can have negative psychosocial consequences…

The road-map towards the Global Action Plan – An update from IAPB South-East Asia

IAPB South East Asia Regional Coordinator
Organisation: IAPB

In recent years, IAPB South East Asia (SEA) advocacy has expanded to all countries in the region. The most recent wins being the first-ever RAAB survey in Maldives and follow-up RAAB in Timor-Leste with financial support from Lions Club International Foundation (LCIF). The collaboration with WHO-SEARO, and WHO country offices of respective countries have been another success for the implementation of…

PRISM: Measuring the impact of Cataract Surgery

Poverty is a cause and effect of visual and other disabilities that increases social divide. Eradicating avoidable blindness enhances productivity. It thus impacts the many millions who are stuck in the vicious cycle of poverty and poverty-induced disability. Cataract remains the main cause of avoidable blindness across the world. If treated late or left untreated,…

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

A new board of VISION 2020: The Right to Sight – INDIA was elected on 2nd June, 2017. The term of the Board will be 2017 – 2020. Dr Taraprasad Das, Vice Chair, L V Prasad Eye Institute and Regional Chair, International Agency for Prevention of Blindness, South East Asia (IAPB, SEAR) has been elected…

A review of eye care service delivery in SEA Region

Communications Coordinator
Organisation: IAPB

New Paper calls for urgent action to meet WHO Global Action Plan objective by 2019 Photo courtesy : Shyam, submitted for the #StrongerTogether Photo competition A recently published paper in the journal “International Ophthalmology”, reviews eye care service delivery in the South East Asia region and assesses progress towards Universal Eye Health. The key findings…

VISION 2020: The Right to Sight – India celebrates World Sight Day

Communications Coordinator
Organisation: IAPB

VISION 2020: The Right to Sight – India is celebrating World Sight Day 2016 with two events. They will be holding a seminar on the theme of WSD – Stronger Together on 12 October. The seminar will highlight the importance of partnership among different stakeholders for making their collective mission successful.The second event will be a…

Community Eye Health Courses by LV Prasad Eye Institute

Communications Coordinator
Organisation: IAPB

The LV Prasad Eye Institute is offering two courses in Community Eye Health to train human resources in Community Eye Care. 1) Certificate course in Community Eye Health (4 weeks): This programme is scheduled from 14th November (Monday) to 10th December (Saturday) 2016. The classes will be conducted at the LVPEI Gullapalli Pratibha Rao campus,…

IAPB Regional Chair Nominees finalised

Communications Manager
Organisation: IAPB

Seven nominees including three incumbents have been nominated for Regional Chair positions across IAPB’s seven regions. For two regions, Africa and Western Pacific, regional elections were held to choose the preferred candidate among the nominees. Here is the list of Regional Chair nominees who will be formally appointed as Chairs for the seven regions at the…

Nominations announced for IAPB Regional Chairs

Membership Manager
Organisation: IAPB

Seven new candidates and three incumbents responded to the call for nominations for Regional Chairs across IAPB’s seven regions. In two regions, Africa and Western Pacific, regional elections will be held to choose the preferred candidate among the nominees. In the Eastern Mediterranean, Europe and South East Asia the incumbent chairs stood for another term,…

Request for Proposals to Host 11th General Assembly in 2020

Membership Manager
Organisation: IAPB

Every four years IAPB holds its General Assembly, landmark events discussing progress in the fight against avoidable blindness and visual impairment. The first Assembly took place in the United Kingdom back in 1978 and the event has since touched on every region, with this year’s 10th General Assembly taking place in Durban, South Africa. Being…