Karl Blanchett, Lecturer in Health Systems Research at the London School of Health and Tropical Medicine, invites us to think about three key elements allowing health systems to thrive, in this TEDx talk with many references to eye health systems.

Evening reception to celebrate World Sight Day 2014 in Mexico City

The role of education in eye health programmes

The importance of innovation in avoidable blindness and visual impairment

Our global partners for eye health

Dr. Ludwin Monz, President and CEO of Carl Zeiss Meditec AG, speaks about ZEISS and its partnership with IAPB at the IAPB Council of Members in Brighton, September 2013.

Mr. Thulasiraj Ravilla, Executive Director of Aravind Eye Care Systems, talks about diabetes in developing countries and innovations in screening and treating diabetic retinopathy with Ms. Kathy Spahn, CEO of Helen Keller International. Brighton, September 2013.

David S. Friedman, M.D., M.P.H., Ph.D. Alfred Sommer Professor at the Wilmer Eye Institute of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine talks about Diabetic Retinopathy and the IAPB Diabetic Retinopathy Work Group with Ms. Kathy Spahn, Chief Executive of Helen Keller International. Brighton, September 2013.

Prof. David Molyneux of the Centre of Neglected Tropical Diseases, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, delivers his keynote speech on blindness prevention and NTDs to the IAPB Council of Members in Brighton, September 2013.

Ms. Alicia Miranda, Director of TrustLaw Connect, Thomson Reuters Foundation, presents the new partnership with IAPB enabling members to fast track access to global legal pro bono services, Brighton, September 2013.

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Mr. Richard Bennett, consultant and expert in membership bodies, presents the new IAPB strategic plan 2013-2017 to the IAPB Council of Members, Brighton, September 2013.

Mr. Peter Ackland delivers his CEO report to IAPB Council of Members, Brighton, September 2013.

Ms. Sophia Pathai of the International Centre for Eye Health (ICEH) in conversation with Prof. Brien Holden, CEO of the Brien Holden Vision Institute, on the successes and challenges ahead for uncorrected refractive error.

A ‘low profile’ person, and very community-based, Ms Naomi Nsubuga nonetheless represents the cream of the East African optometry crop. Her hard work has made new refractive services available in Uganda, Kenya and Ethiopia. Since 2008, her BHVI team have helped open 14 vision centres in Tanzania, training the optometrists and staff to manage them. Her determination and passion has positively impacted the lives of more than 150,000 people in East Africa, supporting efforts to eliminate avoidable blindness, particularly due to uncorrected refractive error.

Ms Naomi Nsubuga was named as the Brien Holden Vision Institute’s Eye Health Hero at the IAPB 9th General Assembly in Hyderabad, 17-20 September 2012.

As Prevention of Blindness Coordinator for Aid to Leprosy in Pakistan, Dr Jawwad Ahmad coordinated the emergency response and rehabilitation work after the devastating earthquake in 2005 and floods in District Batgram, KPK Province. Through his relentless work providing quality eye care services in the chaotic conditions following these disasters, and engaging communities during the reconstruction efforts, he has made a huge difference to the lives of victims and their families.

Dr Ahmad was named by Light for the World as its Eye Health Hero at the IAPB 9th General Assembly in Hyderabad, 17-20 September 2012.

Dr Alemayehu Sisay has a pivotal role within the ORBIS team in the Southern regions of Ethiopia where he works as Programme Manager and Ophthalmologist. Travelling to rural areas and remote health points, his work is tireless and incessant.Such is his passion for the cause that he often stops people in the street if they or their children display symptoms of trachoma. He puts in a relentless effort to tackle trachoma and to make cataract surgical services accessible and affordable to the more poor rural and needy communities.

Dr Sisay was named by ORBIS as its Eye Health Hero at the IAPB 9th General Assembly in Hyderabad, 17-20 September 2012.

Dr Rono has served as an ophthalmologist and zonal eye surgeon for North Rift Region in Kenya since 2006. In that time, patients examined and treated in the area he covers have risen from 7,000 to over 19,500 annually. Dr. Rono currently serves a population of over 1.5 million Kenyans, coordinating outreach programmes to remote areas and managing the renovation of various eye units in the North Rift region. He is an excellent team leader with an enormous dedication to eye care work in this ‘hardship’ area.

Dr Hillary Rono was named by Sightsavers as its Eye Health Hero at the IAPB 9th General Assembly in Hyderabad, 17-20 September 2012.

Mr Sabry is Director of Programmes and Sustainability at the Al Noor Magrabi Foundation in Cairo, Egypt. Mr Sabry’s dedication to the prevention of blindness is apparent from the administrative and supervisory level down into the trenches of service delivery. Egypt is a desert country with most of its population living along the great Nile River. Some people live on isolated islands where there is no medical care at all. Under Mr. Baha’a’s direction, outreach caravans are able to reach these patients, but it is a difficult journey and one which takes tremendous dedication.

Mr. Baha’a Eldin Kamal Sabry was named by the International Eye Foundation as its Eye Health Hero at the IAPB 9th General Assembly in Hyderabad, 17-20 September 2012.

Mr Rajashekar has worked with LV Prasad Eye Institute (LVPEI) for 15 years. He supervised construction and development of the Village Vision Complex (VVC) from scratch and worked on the ground in a rural area with sub-standard facilities. Now Assistant Director and Head of VVC, he manages a workforce of close to 400, providing comprehensive eye examination and cataract surgical services to the predominantly rural populations located in remote and tribal areas.

Mr Rajashekar was named as by LVPEI as its Eye Health Hero at the IAPB 9th General Assembly in Hyderabad, 17-20 September 2012.

Peter Ackland, CEO of IAPB, addresses the World Council of Optometry’s conference in Chicago, June 2012, “Advancing Optometry Worldwide”

Right now a new Action Plan is being developed by WHO to set out the work needed to eliminate avoidable blindness by 2020. The Action Plan needs engagement and input from Member States and non-government organisations across the globe. All Member States are encouraged to participate in the development of the Action Plan and to intensify their efforts to achieve the goal of eliminating avoidable blindness.

Produced with the support of The Fred Hollows Foundation and Sightsavers.