Bhutan meets the WHO Global Action Plan target on blindness reduction

IAPB South East Asia Regional Coordinator
Organisation: IAPB

Bhutan is one of the countries where a previous nationwide blindness survey exists and can be compared with the latest, the Rapid Assessment of Avoidable Blindness (RAAB) Survey 2018. The 2018 survey’s sampling frame covered the population aged 50 years and older, across all 20  districts of the kingdom. The first RAAB survey in Bhutan…

Eye Health in A Crisis: Rohingya Refugee Camp Need Analysis

IAPB South East Asia Regional Coordinator
Organisation: IAPB

May 2018 saw me evaluating eye health in one of the biggest refugee camps for displaced Rohingyas in Bangladesh. In 2017, the refugee camps in Cox’s Bazaar on Bangladesh’s border with Myanmar saw the biggest ever influx of refugees–nearly 690,000 refugees–after clashes broke out in Myanmar in August. The camps merged into one taking in…

Eye care delivery and environmental impact workshop at Aravind

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 care delivery and environmental impact – Creating an Environmentally Sustainable Eye Care Delivery will be held at Aravind Eye Hospital, Pondicherry from September 21 – 22, 2018(Fri–Sat) as part of this year’s October Summit. October Summit 2018 is the twelfth annual series of workshops and consultations held in honour of the birth anniversary of Aravind’s founder, Dr. G. Venkataswamy.…

Nepal eliminates trachoma: the backstory

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

WHO validates Nepal for eliminating trachoma as a public health problem–the first South East Asian country to have achieved this success Trachoma, a chronic conjunctivitis caused by repeated episodes of Chlamydia trachomatis, is still the leading infectious cause of blindness worldwide. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends a multi-faceted strategy, the SAFE strategy, for trachoma…

Ocular Prosthesis Workshop at Susrut Eye Foundation

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 Susrut Eye Foundation & Research Centre and ASCO are organising a five-day workshop on Ocular Prosthesis from July 2- July 6, 2018. The workshop in the arts and science of Ocular Prosthesis will include didactic lectures, demonstrations and guided hands on training for all the participants. It will provide an enriching experience to the…

Nepal 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 Nepal for eliminating trachoma as a public health problem–the first South East Asian country to have achieved this success. Trachoma was the second leading cause of preventable blindness in Nepal in the 1980s. The country has been working towards the elimination of trachoma and other forms of preventable…

VISION 2020: The Right to Sight – INDIA’s 14th Annual Conference

Communications Manager
Organisation: IAPB

VISION 2020: The Right to Sight – INDIA’s 14th annual conference titled ‘Advocacy & Inclusive Partnership for Eye Health’ will be held on 9 & 10 June 2018. The national conference with a focus on community ophthalmology is being hosted by Sri Sankaradeva Nethralaya at Guwahati, Assam. For registration and other details visit: http://vision2020indiaannualconference.org/ The conference sessions…

Data collection in IAPB SEA in 2018

IAPB South East Asia Regional Coordinator
Organisation: IAPB

Many countries in SEA region do not have authentic base-line data to measure the progress of the Global Action Plan’s (GAP) target of 25% reduction in visual impairment by 2019. The lack of a National Eye Health Action Plan and comprehensive eye care services has also been a major issue in some countries. Therefore for…

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…