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…

Finding Knowledge, Attitude and Practice of eye health in Nepal

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

In 2017, the Nepal Netra Jyoti Sangh (NNJS) carried out a “knowledge, attitude and practice” national survey to understand the evolving demand for, and knowledge/attitudes for eye care in Nepal. A key aim for the survey was to assess, communicate and address eye health seeking behavior at the community level. Though Nepal is small in…

IAPB SEA Regional Planning Consultative Meeting: How far we’ve come and planning ahead

IAPB South East Asia Regional Coordinator
Organisation: IAPB

IAPB organized a South East Asia Regional consultative meeting on eye health on 29 and 30 June 2019.  The main objectives of the meeting were: To produce a white paper in line with the goals and objectives of VISION 2020 and WHO GAP 2014-2019, on existing eye health status of each country in the region…

The Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology celebrates two milestones

IAPB South East Asia Regional Coordinator
Organisation: IAPB

The Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology (TIO), recently celebrated its 25th anniversary on 22nd June 2019.  It also marked another milestone that day – the World Health Organization (WHO) has recognised TIO as a WHO Collaboration Centre of Ophthalmology. TIO is the first Institute in Nepal to receive this recognition in the field of ophthalmology.  A…

Masters in Hospital Administration 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

The Susrut Eye Foundation and Research Centre is offering admission in their newly-started Masters in Hospital Administration course.  Susrut Eye Foundation and Research Centre is a tertiary care eye hospital operating in eastern India. They are a recognized teaching and training institute by the Govt. of West Bengal. This is a one of a kind…

Master of Optometry 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

The Susrut Eye Foundation and Research Centre is offering admission in their newly-started Master of Optometry course.  Susrut Eye Foundation and Research Centre is a tertiary care eye hospital operating in eastern India. They are a recognized teaching and training institute by the Govt. of West Bengal. This is a one of a kind course…

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…