PNG has a successful World Sight Day

October 30th, 2013 posted by IAPB in Blog, Papua New Guinea, World Sight Day

This year PNG celebrated World Sight Day with numerous successful events in a number of provinces. Events included; a rally in Boroko Square, coordinated by PNG Eye Care and Brien Holden Vision Institute, with support from St John’s Blind Services and the Eye Clinic staff at Port Moresby General Hospital, and a Stakeholders event on…Continue reading: PNG has a successful World Sight Day »

Regional Commitment to Universal Eye Health adopted for the Western Pacific

October 24th, 2013 posted by IAPB in Blog, Conferences & Events, WHO

The World Health Organization’s governing body for the Western Pacific has taken a bold step to eliminate avoidable blindness as a public health problem by endorsing Towards Universal Eye Health: A Regional Action Plan for the Western Pacific (2014–2019). In a session on blindness held on 23 October during WHO’s Regional Committee Meeting for the…Continue reading: Regional Commitment to Universal Eye Health adopted for the Western Pacific »

Vietnam: New national eye health plan drafted

October 22nd, 2013 posted by IAPB in Blog, Vietnam, Workshops

At a national workshop in Hanoi last week, stakeholders discussed a draft of the National Plan for Blindness Prevention and Eye Care (2014-2019). Representatives from different ministries attended, as well as donors and international NGOs. The national workshop, and a series of consultation workshops in northern, central and southern Vietnam, were supported by IAPB and the…Continue reading: Vietnam: New national eye health plan drafted »

IAPB Pacific Co-Chair interviewed on Fiji TV

October 11th, 2013 posted by IAPB in Blog, Fiji, World Sight Day

Dr Mundi Qoqonokana, of the Pacific Eye Institute and IAPB Pacific Co-Chair was interviewed on Fiji One television in conjunction with World Sight Day. Dr Mundi discusses the importance of getting your eyes checked, as much of the vision impairment people suffer from is avoidable, preventable and treatable. Visit the Fiji TV website to view…Continue reading: IAPB Pacific Co-Chair interviewed on Fiji TV »

Inclusion Made Easy in Eye Health Programs

October 10th, 2013 posted by IAPB in Blog, Disability, World Sight Day

In a collaborative effort involving 14 organisations, CBM Australia has produced a new manual for Disability Inclusion in Eye Health Programs. It’s a manual to help all organisations working in eye health to become more inclusive. People with disability are often excluded from accessing health services due to barriers such as physical access or stigma…Continue reading: Inclusion Made Easy in Eye Health Programs »

Diabetes in the Pacific on the rise: ABC Radio

October 10th, 2013 posted by IAPB in Blog, Diabetic Retinopathy, Fiji, Pacific Islands, World Sight Day

Coupled with the major problem of diabetes in the Pacific is the threat of blindness to people suffering diabetes. It’s called diabetic retinopathy and statistics released for World Sight Day show that 60 per cent of people with type two diabetes will go on to develop major eye problems. IAPB Pacific Secretariat Co-ordinator Dr Ana…Continue reading: Diabetes in the Pacific on the rise: ABC Radio »

New IAPB Report on ‘Universal Eye Health’ launched on World Sight Day

October 10th, 2013 posted by IAPB in Blog, Universal Eye Health, World Sight Day

The report, put together with inputs from many eye health experts, will be launched in events around the world. 10 October 2013: World Sight Day (WSD) – an international day of awareness about avoidable blindness and its prevention – will mark the launch of a report on Universal Eye Health. 4 out of 5 visually…Continue reading: New IAPB Report on ‘Universal Eye Health’ launched on World Sight Day »

Inter-country Workshop: New approaches for Community Eye Care

October 9th, 2013 posted by IAPB in Blog, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Mongolia, Vietnam, WHO, Workshops

National eye health representatives from Lao PDR, Cambodia, Mongolia, Thailand, Myanmar and Viet Nam are meeting this week in Pakse, in the Southern Lao province of Champasak, for the 9th Intercountry Workshop on Prevention of Blindness. The workshop will cover a range of topics including program evaluation, health information systems and the cost effectiveness of cataract.…Continue reading: Inter-country Workshop: New approaches for Community Eye Care »