China 2nd National Eye Health Conference

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

IAPB Dialogue – The Belt & Road Initiative: Forging New and Improved Partnerships China’s National Institute of Hospital Administration (NIHA) held the 2nd National Eye Health Conference in the ancient city of Hefei, capital of Anhui Province.  On Friday August 24, IAPB partners and friends joined in a session to discuss the Belt and Road…

Western Pacific Cataract Surgery Outcomes Meeting

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

When distinguished guests, including the WHO Representative to Malaysia, Brunei and Singapore, Dr Jaqueline Lo joined Malaysia’s Director General of Health, Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah on stage, little did they expect to be launching the Western Pacific Cataract Surgery Outcomes Meeting with the banging of a traditional Malaysian gong! But then the launch of…

PNG has one of the highest rates of blindness in the world – nationwide study

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 first national survey on eye health in Papua New Guinea (PNG) has found that the prevalence of blindness among people aged 50 years and older is 5.6%, which is one of the highest rates in the world. The study, which was recently published in the British Journal of Ophthalmology, found the major causes of…

The Chinese Government takes steps to tackle myopia in children

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 Chinese government is taking steps to curb the rising levels of myopia (near-sightedness) among children. The Ministry of Education (MOE) announced a new scheme that aims to reduce the myopia rate amongst 6-year-olds to 3% by 2030. This announcement comes following President Xi Jinping’s recent remarks, where he spoke about the need to protect the…

He Eye Specialists Hospital Holds Forum on Sight for Africa

Director PBL Department He Vision Group
Organisation: Shenyang He Eye Hospital

IAPB’s China member, the Shenyang based He Eye Specialists Hospital (HESH) recently organised the 2018 China-Africa Eye Health Cooperation Forum. It was hosted by National Health Commission of P.R.China and co-organised by Orbis International, International Council of Ophthalmology (ICO), African Ophthalmology Council (AOC), HESH and National Training Base for Prevention of Blindness. The forum was…

Fighting an epidemic in the Pacific Islands: PNG

Getruth Bare, Charge Nurse Manager, Modilon Eye Clinic, Madang Papua New Guinea and Hayley Morrison, Resource Mobilisation Coordinator, The Fred Hollows Foundation NZ celebrate the results from their recent outreach to Ambunti in Papua New Guinea. This programme brings hope and access to sight-saving eye care services for PNG’s indigenous people. The Western Pacific region is home to the…

Training and Equipping Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people to tackle threat of DR

Global Communications Manager, Public Health
Organisation: Brien Holden Vision Institute

The Aboriginal Vision Programme Team, Brien Holden Vision Institute write about Provision of Eye Health Equipment and Training – the national programme tackling high incidence of Diabetes related blindness in the Indigenous population. “The old saying goes ‘if you love your job, you never work a day in your life’ and I feel lucky that these simple…

Health promotion in schools improves eye health literacy in children – research study

Communications Manager / Project Officer - Public Health
Organisation: Brien Holden Vision Institute

  300 children, aged 12-15 at five schools in Vietnam involved Knowledge and attitudes to eye health improved by 10-20% Uptake of eye examinations increased by more than 20% Some knowledge, attitudes and practices were unchanged Health promotion in schools is an effective way to transfer knowledge to children and could potentially improve eye care…

Australian government extends programme addressing DR in Indigenous population

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: 1 August 2018, Sydney, Australia: The Australian Government has provided a further $2.5 million for retinal cameras and training. The national programme provides eye health testing equipment, and also training and support for the health services using the equipment. The programme is co-led by Brien Holden Vision Institute and the Australian College of Optometry,…

IAPB WPR Focus: Editorial July 2018

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

Hi everyone, Quarter Two of 2018 was busy for us in the Western Pacific. We’ve been out on the road, meeting with many of you, visiting the fantastic projects that you – our members and friends – are implementing… plus we’ve been busy making preparations for key events in Q3 and Q4. Here are a few key…

He Group Launch County-level Mode to Eliminate Avoidable Blindness

Director PBL Department He Vision Group
Organisation: Shenyang He Eye Hospital

The prevalence of blindness in Western China continues to be high. To overcome the shortage of eye care services in these economically under-developed provinces, a pilot project funded by State Development & Investment Corp., He Eye Specialist Hospital, Delos Foundation International and Beijing Genomics Institute (BGI) is being implemented in the Guizhou province from 2018…

New Leadership at the Brien Holden Vision Institute

Communications Manager
Organisation: IAPB

Professor Kovin Naidoo has resigned as CEO of both the Brien Holden Vision Institute and the Brien Holden Vision Institute Foundation. The Board of the Institute has announced a two-pronged approach to the development of the group’s new focus. Ms Yvette Waddell, as new CEO of the Institute, will focus on translational research. The role of CEO…

Australian government funds new National Diabetes Eye Screening Programme

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

Leading diabetes and eye health groups applauded the Australian Government’s funding announcement for a new national diabetes eye screening programme to reduce vision loss and blindness in people with diabetes. The Australian-first initiative programme is a major step in the fight against diabetes related blindness and will enable early detection and treatment to protect the…

RANZCO elects Dr Heather Mack as first female President

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 Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (RANZCO) has elected Dr Heather Mack to be their new President. Dr Mack, who will be the College’s first female President, serves as President Elect until the RANZCO Congress in November, when she is appointed President and her predecessor, Associate Professor Mark Daniell, stands down. Dr…

VISION 2020 Australia appoints new CEO

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

Vision 2020 Australia is pleased to announce the appointment of Judith Abbott as Chief Executive Officer (CEO), effective immediately. Ms Abbott joins the organisation after an extensive career in government, prior to which she worked as an optometrist in Victoria and held clinical and management roles in the eye care sector. Announcing Ms Abbott as…

The Australian College of Optometry: Focusing on the disadvantaged

CEO
Organisation: Australian College of Optometry

At the Australian College of Optometry, we are focussed on providing eye care services to the disadvantaged and reaching the most vulnerable.  Our Mission is to improve the eye health and well being of communities, and we have worked to achieve this through innovation, partnership and leadership in clinical optometry services, research and education since…

Order of Australia medal for Professor Graeme Pollock

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

Dr Graeme Pollock received a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) on Monday 11 June on this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honour List.  He was recognised for his contribution to eye banking and cornea services in Australia and beyond.  Graeme is the Global Alliance of Eye Bank Association Representative at IAPB. Dr Pollock OAM helped establish the…

China National Sight Day – thanks Big Eye and all Participants

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

All week we have shared cartoons from our member Shanghai Eye Disease Prevention and Treatment Center (SEDPTC); a municipal public health institution providing primary eye care for the population of Shanghai province. To mark the 23rd China National Sight Day, they held a massive event promoting importance of outdoor activities for children. See the other cartoons: Celebrating China…

IAPB Members and Friends Supporting Eye Health in China

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

IAPB的成员和伙伴们全力支持中国的眼健康事业: IAPB is very grateful for the work done by the eye health sector in China and the significant impact this has both within China and beyond. We’re proud to have brought you some of these stories during the week of China National Sight Day 2018. IAPB非常感谢中国眼健康部门所做的工作,以及这些工作为中国及其他地区带来的重大影响。我们很荣幸在2018年中国全国爱眼日的这一周里为您带来了一系列的报道。 This would not have been possible without the…

A Walk in the Park with Shanghai Eye Disease Prevention and Treatment Centre

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

与上海市眼病防治中心的一段公园漫步 IAPB is delighted that the Shanghai Eye Disease Prevention and Treatment Centre (SEDPTC), our strong partner in China, invited us to attend “Get Sunny for Sight”. Held last Sunday, it was the perfect introduction to a week of awareness raising. In line with the theme of June 6 – Correct Myopia Scientifically, Care for…