Creating a Comprehensive Child Eye Health Network

Director, North Asia
Organisation: Orbis International

On World/Universal Children’s Day, George Smith, Orbis International on their five-year Seeing is Believing Project in Shanxi, China and how it has created a Comprehensive Child Eye Health Network. China faces significant issues in many areas of child eye health. The Chinese Ministry of Education’s report (“China’s First Oversight Report on Quality of Compulsory Education) highlights…

WHO-IAPB-BHVI join in collaborative meeting on Developing Myopia Strategies

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: 19 November 2018, Singapore: The World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) joined with Brien Holden Vision Institute in a recent collaborative meeting at the Singapore Eye Research Institute (SERI), to host a regional discussion on myopia. The objective of the meeting was to use current evidence…

Fighting an epidemic in the Pacific Islands: Vanuatu

Marketing Campaigns Specialist
Organisation: The Fred Hollows Foundation New Zealand

On World Diabetes Day,  Emily Edwards, The Fred Hollows Foundation NZ and Basil Aitap, National Eye Coordinator at Vila Central Hospital write about a recent outreach to Port Vila in Vanuatu, and their work to tackle the devastating impact of diabetic eye disease there. The vibrant, green landscapes of Vanuatu in the South of the Western Pacific…

IAPB WPR Focus: Editorial November 2018

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

Hi everyone, Moving into the home-stretch for 2019, IAPB Western Pacific has doubled-down on efforts to address some of our members’ key priorities in eye health. Together with WHO and the Malaysian Ministry of Health, we held a Cataract Surgery Outcomes Meeting in Kuala Lumpur during September; as you read this we are holding another…

World Sight Day 2018 celebrations in the Western Pacific

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

For World Sight Day 2018, activities were held right across the region, proving this year’s theme “Eye Care Everywhere” has never been more apt. In the UK World Sight Day was trending on twitter – a terrific effort from the IAPB Comms team. Of course, the sun rises on WSD out here in the Western…

Launch of Korean Eye Care Working Group

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

On World Sight Day 2018, Korean members of IAPB launched a Korean Eye Care working group. October 11, saw the first meeting of the Korean Eye Care Working Group, organized by IAPB Members Severance University (many of you will know them as Project BOM) and hosted by the Korean Ophthalmology Society (KOS). Increasingly evident across the…

Diabetes related vision problems a concern in PNG capital

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 Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, 30 October 2018: A study of diabetic retinopathy and diabetes in the National Capital District (NCD) of Papua New Guinea (PNG) has found high rates of vision related disease and undiagnosed diabetes.1 Published in the British Journal of Ophthalmology, the research estimates that almost 50% of those 50 years…

First Vietnamese-trained optometrists herald new hope for Vietnam’s national eye health

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 Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, 8 November 2018: Today‘s date will be remembered in history as the momentous day the optometry profession emerged in Vietnam. Spirits are soaring in Ho Chi Minh City as the first Vietnamese-trained optometrists graduate from the first school of optometry. The initial twelve optometrist graduates, emerging today as…

Eye Care Everywhere For PNG

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

In Papua New Guinea (PNG) there are so many activities associated with World Sight Day that events typically stretch throughout the month. This October was no different, culminating in a plethora of activities during the last week of the month. There was a Trachoma Action Planning Workshop led by the Fred Hollows Foundation Australia, a…

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…