Happy 25th Birthday Fred Hollows Foundation New Zealand

Regional Program Manager, Western Pacific
Organisation: International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness

It goes without saying that 2017 has been a busy year. As it wraps up, so too does a year of celebrations for one of our busiest members, the Fred Hollows Foundation New Zealand. In July I was privileged to be a guest at FHFNZ’ Reflections workshop, which drew together key personnel from right across…

4th Annual Conference of Cambodian Ophthalmological Society

Regional Program Manager, Western Pacific
Organisation: International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness

On the banks of the Mekong River, right in the heart of Phnom Penh, sits the Naga World Resort Complex – a gilded edifice that speaks to Cambodia’s renewed sophistication in the heart of Southeast Asia. It’s a fitting metaphor for the renaissance of Ophthalmology in Cambodia and the perfect location for the 4th Annual…

Double Celebration in Hanoi

Regional Program Manager, Western Pacific
Organisation: International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness

Hanoi’s Friendship Cultural Palace was full to capacity on Friday 24th of November for the opening of the 5th National Ophthalmology meeting. It was a spectacular event attended by dignitaries from within Vietnam and overseas, complete with patriotic musical highlights and cultural displays – dramatic, colourful and a fitting way to mark the milestone 100th…

Public Health and Ophthalmology Share the Stage at Shanghai Gong-Ji Forum

Regional Program Manager, Western Pacific
Organisation: International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness

The Chateau Star River in Shanghai was the glittering location for the Gong-Ji Forum, a gathering of over 600 delegates on the weekend of November 17 – 19. This event, hosted by Shanghai General Hospital and Jiao Tong University is one of the largest annual gatherings of ophthalmologists in China. Every year the participants come…

Jobs: Clinical Quality Assurance Coordinator (New Zealand)

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 Fred Hollows Foundation NZ (FHFNZ) is recruiting a Clinical Quality Assurance Coordinator to join their Auckland-based programme team. Reporting to the Programme Director, this is a newly created position. The Clinical Quality Assurance Coordinator will support the Pacific eye care workforce to deliver services in a safe and appropriate manner, working towards their key…

The 20th Anniversary of Caritas Takeo Eye Hospital, Cambodia

Regional Program Manager, Western Pacific
Organisation: International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness

To fulfil the mission of poverty reduction through reducing avoidable visual impairment and facilitating rehabilitation for people with unavoidable visual impairment in Cambodia. Caritas Takeo Eye Hospital (CTEH), has been working for 20 years to improve community awareness of eye health issues and to advocate to policy makers for implementation of the national strategic plan…

Goroka Eye Clinic Operating Theatre Launch

Regional Program Manager, Western Pacific
Organisation: International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness

Kudos to the team at CBM in Papua New Guinea who launched the Goroka Hospital Eye Clinic Operating Theatre on World Sight Day. Pictured here is Dr Geoffrey Wabulembo speaking at the launch. The event was funded by the hospital – another example of well-forged partnerships in action.

Cambodia and the Lao People’s Democratic Republic eliminate 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 Lao People’s Democratic Republic and the Kingdom of Cambodia have officially eliminated trachoma, the world’s leading infectious cause of blindness, the World Health Organization (WHO) has announced. It is the first time a WHO Western Pacific Region country has been validated for eliminating trachoma as a public health problem and follows strong progress in…

Attending the First National Eye Health Conference in China

Regional Program Manager, Western Pacific
Organisation: International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness

As the rain pelted down in Taiyuan, the capital of Shanxi province, there was much joking amongst the international participants that this was a ploy by the organisers to keep us in China. After-all, it’s well-known that Shanxi is hot and dry in the summer! But the plummeting temperature outside was a stark contrast to the…

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…

The Fred Hollows Foundation celebrates 25 years

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 Australia’s most iconic charities, The Fred Hollows Foundation, celebrated its 25th anniversary this Sunday, 3 September. What started as a conversation among friends about the legacy of the late Professor Fred Hollows, has gone on to become an international development organisation that works in more than 25 countries and has restored sight to…

Eye Care Working Group, Vietnam

Regional Program Manager, Western Pacific
Organisation: International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness

Eye Care Working Group Meeting at Vietnam National Institute of Ophthalmology. It was a pleasure to attend this meeting, hosted August 23rd at Vietnam National Institute of Ophthalmology in Hanoi. Ably chaired by Helen Keller International and attended by all stakeholders in the Vietnamese sector, a great example of collaboration.

PacEyes Bi-Annual Conference

Regional Program Manager, Western Pacific
Organisation: International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness

Dr Anthea Burnett (BHVI) Dr Jambi Garap (PNG) Amanda Davis, Marleen Nelisse (FHFNZ) Dr Ana Cama (PacEyes) Dr Mundi Qalo (Pacific Eye Institute) Drew Keys. During June, PacEyes held its bi-annual conference in Suva, Fiji. With participants from across the South Pacific and from a variety of eye health disciplines, the two-day event lived up…

Dr Andreas Mueller returns to support WHO WPRO

Regional Program Manager, Western Pacific
Organisation: International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness

Dr Andreas Mueller has returned to supporting the Eye Health programme at the WHO Office of the Western Pacific Region. The objective of the programme is to work with countries in accelerating the implementation of “Towards Universal Eye Health: A Regional Action Plan for the Western Pacific Region (2014-2019)”. Andreas will provide technical support on…

VISION 2020 Australia plans second National Eye Health Survey

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

Press Release: Following the success of the 2016 National Eye Health Survey (NEHS), VISION 2020 Australia and the Centre for Eye Research Australia are planning a follow-up survey to, for the first time, accurately track progress in reducing the burden of blindness and vision impairment. Carla Northam, CEO of VISION 2020 Australia, says: ‘Our work…

Australian Government funds initiative to increase eye health access for indigenous Australians

Communications Coordinator
Organisation: IAPB

Indigenous artist Peter Datjin Sydney, Australia, 26 April, 2017:  Diabetes related blindness in Aboriginal Australians is 14 times higher than in non-Indigenous populations and 94% of vision loss in Aboriginal communities is preventable or treatable[i]. These worrying facts have motivated action by the Australian Government to fund a national programme providing eye health testing equipment, and…

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…