30% reduction of blindness in Bhutan and more trends from published RAAB

IAPB South East Asia Regional Coordinator
Organisation: IAPB

I am happy to report that Bhutan now has fresh blindness and visual impairment data. These were the results from a RAAB carried out after 9 years. PLOS One has published the results. In a moment that is worth celebrating, they show that Bhutan has achieved 30% reduction in blindness compared to the of result…

Delivering eye care in Eastern India

Marketing and Communication Manager
Organisation: Siliguri Greater Lions Eye Hospital

New IAPB Member the Siliguri Greater Lions Eye Hospital introduce themselves… The lack of early eye health intervention in the Indian healthcare scenario especially in North Bengal poses a deep challenge. North Bengal’s mountainous terrains covered with lush green tea bushes and hard to reach hamlets have a huge population to whom access to eye…

Sub-Specialty Training is Key to Addressing Glaucoma

Communications Manager
Organisation: Himalayan Cataract Project
For World Glaucoma Week, Angelia Rorison, Himalayan Cataract Project on why sub-Specialty Training is key to Addressing Glaucoma. Access to eye care services is one of the biggest challenges to providing glaucoma treatment in low- and middle-income countries, particularly in rural areas. Routine eye exams and basic treatment are often unavailable. Both are crucial components…

Nunpuii: Inspiring Young Women in India’s North-East

These blog posts are part of the IAPB Gender Equity Work Group's work to raise awareness of gender equity in eye health. A Mission for Vision partner story...  H Lalnunpuii, is a Project Optometrist at the Synod Hospital, Aizawl, Mizoram, India. What are some of the challenges you have faced in your journey? As a…

Khairunissa: Gender Balance in Rural India

These blog posts are part of the IAPB Gender Equity Work Group‘s work to raise awareness of gender equity in eye health. A Mission for Vision partner story… Khairunissa, 68, has been working with Mission for Vision partner Tulsi Chanrai Eye Hospital as a social worker since the inception of the hospital in 1994 at…

Nirasha Preethirathne: Breaking Barriers in Sri Lanka

Regional Director - SEAEM
Organisation: Brien Holden Vision Institute

These blog posts are part of the IAPB Gender Equity Work Group‘s work to raise awareness of gender equity in eye health. A. Nirasha Preethirathne, Vision Technician, has been working with the Brien Holden Vision Institute Foundation since 2009. What are some of the challenges you have faced in your journey? After my high-school graduation,…

Focus On Glaucoma Webinar: South East Asia

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
As part of our activities to mark World Glaucoma Week 2019, IAPB presents four webinars to cover the regions of North America, Africa, South East Asia and China/West Pacific for members and partnering organisations to take part in during 10-16 March 2018. The South East Asia Webinar will discuss delivering glaucoma care in a rural setting,…

2018 in Review: IAPB South-East Asia

IAPB South East Asia Regional Coordinator
Organisation: IAPB
The focus of IAPB-South-East Asia Region in the year 2018 has continued to be the operationalization of the WHO Global Action Plan (GAP) 2014-2019 and monitoring its progress. The three main objectives of GAP are: Evidence Generation – using it to advocate for political and financial commitment for eye health National Eye Health Policies, Plan…

Helping millions get access to diabetic retinopathy care in Barisal

Country Manager, Bangladesh
Organisation: The Fred Hollows Foundation

On World Diabetes Day, Dr Zareen Khair, the Fred Hollows Foundation’s Bangladesh Country Manager, writes about a DR project they are implementing (thanks to the Trust’s support) highlighting lessons & successes… Bangladesh has nearly 1.85 million people with Diabetic Retinopathy (DR). People with DR require ongoing laser treatment and professional monitoring to keep them from…

How do we ensure eye care is everywhere?

President and CEO
Organisation: Operation Eyesight Universal

We tend to know why children and adults do not access eye care services – poverty, inability to access services, uninformed about solutions to poor vision, the stigma involved, and the list goes on… Knowing the “why” is the easy part. What we are all working towards is the “how.” How do we eliminate those…

LCIF Supports New Study in Bhutan

IAPB South East Asia Regional Coordinator
Organisation: IAPB

Bhutan, the country with the happiness index, may soon see it’s delight go up a notch higher. IAPB South East Asia is working with Bhutan’s ministry of health to run a nation-wide School Eye Health screening survey in 2019. The survey has just secured funding from Lions Clubs International Foundation’s SightFirst programme. With this support,…

Report Highlights Eye Health Concerns of Rohingya Refugees

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 Seva Foundation, an international eye health and blindness-prevention organization, recently released a new report to assess the eye care needs of the one million Rohingya people living in refugee camps in Bangladesh. “A Situational Analysis: Eye Care Needs of Rohingya Refugees and the Affected Bangladeshi Host Population in Cox’s Bazar District Bangladesh” provides a…

A Road map of Indonesia’s visual impairment control programme

IAPB South East Asia Regional Coordinator
Organisation: IAPB

A RAAB survey covering 15 districts in Indonesia (in 2016) showed that it had one of the highest prevalence of blindness in the South-East Asia region. The survey also showed that the human resources were concentrated in the major cities. The Indonesian archipelago has more than 13,000 islands. The survey noted that personnel presence was…

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…