Optometry is leading the new future of eye health in Vietnam

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: Hanoi, Vietnam, 20 August 2019: Today marks an historic day for Hanoi Medical University (HMU) and its School of Optometry, as the first graduating class of optometrists complete their degree. The HMU cohort of 43 optometry graduates join their 12 newly qualified colleagues from the University of Medicine Pham Ngoc Thach (UPNT), in a…

PacEYES – Another Successful Conference in Suva

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

At the end of June, PacEYES held its biannual conference at the Holiday inn Hotel in Suva. From its inception in 2004, the organisation has gone from strength to strength, celebrating with a packed programme of activities and a gala birthday dinner. Fittingly, this was the largest  PacEYES yet with 140 registrants from countries across…

Farewell Marleen!

President
Organisation: PNG Prevention of Blindness Committee

The members of the Papua New Guinea National Prevention of Blindness Committee gathered In Port Moresby recently to say farewell to Marleen Nelisse of the Fred Hollows Foundation, New Zealand. Marleen lived in PNG from 2011 for two-and-a-half years and then moved on to become Programme Director at Auckland Head Office. From the beginning of…

The 2nd Meeting of Korean Eye Care Working Group

CEO, LabSD

On the 4th of June, 2019, representatives from IAPB member organizations in South Korea gathered together for the 2nd meeting of Korean Eye Care Working Group (KECWG).  The members were Good People International, Korean Foundation for the Prevention of Blindness, Project BOM affiliated with Yonsei University Severance Hospital, and Vision Care Services.  Tech start-ups concerned…

Vacancy: Programme Director

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 New Zealand is looking for a Programme Director. Senior Leadership role based in Auckland and working across the Pacific Drive the strategy to eliminate avoidable blindness in the Pacific Central city location, great culture, health insurance and free gym. This is one of those rare opportunities for an exceptional leader looking to…

Providing eye care in Western China

Project Manager
Organisation: He Vision Group

The distribution of eye care resources in China is uneven, with a considerable gap between Eastern (along the coast) and Western China (the inland areas). He Vision Group, one of the largest eye care systems in China, established Chengdu He Eye Specialists Hospital (HESH) in Sichuan province. This is next to Tibet, to continuously provide…

Vision 2020 Australia and the Australian Blindness Forum come together

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: Vision 2020 Australia is now the single peak body for service providers working in the blindness and low vision sector, following integration with the Australian Blindness Forum (ABF). This change will provide a strong, single voice for the sector, continuing the work already underway with our member organisations to strengthen opportunities for full…

Celebrating China National Sight Day: A round-up

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

“We have fifteen doctor, twenty three eye nurses and two technicians. But we only have one professor, so we’re just a small provincial hospital,” laments Dr Wang as he tours me around the Dali Hospital in Western Yunnan. “That’s why we’re so happy you came to visit us, so that people will know that anyway…

IAPB Western Pacific: Stronger Together

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

“We have fifteen doctor, twenty three eye nurses and two technicians. But we only have one professor, so we’re just a small provincial hospital,” laments Dr Wang as he shows me around the Dali Hospital in Western Yunnan. “That’s why we’re so happy you came to visit us, so that people will know that anyway…

24th China National Sight Day to be observed on June 6

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

6月6日中国第24个全国爱眼日活动敬请关注 All IAPB members and friends across China will be participating in activities to mark 24th China National Sight Day on June 6. Amongst those will be the activities carried out by Shanghai Eye Disease Prevention and Treatment Center (SEDPTC). Many readers will already be familiar with Big Eye, the SEDPTC mascot who teaches children…

Quality Assurance Enhances Quality of Care

Clinical Quality Assurance Advisor
Organisation: The Fred Hollows Foundation New Zealand

The role of Clinical Quality Assurance Advisor (CQAA) for Fred Hollows Foundation NZ was established to ensure consistency in standards of delivering high quality, safe effective care to patients across the Pacific and minimize clinical risk. My clinical portfolio is that of a registered nurse with an extensive background; senior clinical nurse in cardiac intensive…

International Nurses’ Day Spotlight: Santoula Keo Manizay from Lao PDR

Regional Communications Coordinator - East Asia
Organisation: The Fred Hollows Foundation

Ophthalmic nurse Santoula Keo Manizay is quiet and reserved but his actions speak louder than words. At just 31, he has checked more than 2,000 pairs of eyes and trained more than 1000 volunteer health workers in the most remote villages of Lao PDR. He is a true eye health champion. Santoula was a regular…

Five women who help us see

The Fred Hollows Foundation Philippines celebrated International Women’s Day 2019 by featuring five women making an impact in the eye health sector. In Filipino society, we look up to women as our “ilaw ng tahanan,” – light bearers who guide us and help us see. On International Women’s Day, we look at the stories of…

Community Eye Care (C-Eye-C) Clinic impacting public health care

Community Eye Care Service Coordinator
Organisation: Westmead Hospital

Belinda Ford (Westmead research fellow), Dr Philemon Huang (Westmead glaucoma fellow), Dr Rohan Gupta (Westmead glaucoma fellow) on Community Eye Care (C-Eye-C) Clinic impacting public health care. If you ask a room full of patients in the public hospital’s eye clinic about their experience, you might hear the same story repeated over and over. The…

Eye Health for Peace and Prosperity

CEO, LabSD

A single most memorable event of the IAPB CoM 2017 (Council of Members 2017) in Nepal for me, as a South Korean citizen, was when Dr. Gyun Jin Choy of Ryugyong General Ophthalmic Hospital presented, “North Korea Blindness & Visual impairment.” I could tell that everyone else in the room was quite thrilled about the…

Vanuatu Eye Clinic Launch

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

Valentine’s Day was a celebration of Vanuatu’s love for eye health – Port Vila saw the colourful launch of a state of the art eye clinic, developed by the Fred Hollows Foundation New Zealand. It couldn’t have been more appropriate timing given the return to the islands of Dr Johnson Kasso the first ni-Vanuatu trained…

IAPB WPR Focus: Quarter one in the Western Pacific region

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

No doubt everybody agrees it has been a busy and productive start to 2019, with many activities and much great work already underway throughout the Western Pacific. We have enjoyed interacting with many of you already in Quarter One and look forward to further contact and sharing throughout the year. With that in mind be…

Singapore to host IAPB General Assembly in 2020

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 International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness’ (IAPB) 11th General Assembly (11GA) will be held in Singapore from 12th-14thOctober 2020. The Singapore Eye Research Institute (SERI) will be hosting 11GA in “The Lion City”. Immediate Release: The next edition of the premier global event on public health and eye care, the 11th IAPB General Assembly,…

Glaucoma in South Korea

Ophthalmologist
Organisation: Severance Hospital
South Korea has been collecting epidemiological data regarding eye health from the Korean National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (KNHANES) since 2008. A considerable amount of scientific articles have been published from this data about an ethnically homogeneous population with high myopia and prevalence of various eye diseases. The results of the survey emphasize the…

Hope and glaucoma – The need to advocate and educate

Head of Department & Consultant Ophthalmologist
Organisation: Hospital Selayang
For World Glaucoma Week, Dr Mohd Aziz Husni, a reluctant ophthalmologist on how hope led to him choosing glaucoma as his sub-speciality and why we need to advocate and educate... You can call me a reluctant ophthalmologist. Apart from 3 weeks of ophthalmology during medical school, I knew very little about it other than it…