World Ophthalmology Congress

April 29th, 2014 posted by IAPB in Blog, Conferences & Events, Japan, Pacific Islands

From 2 – 6 April IAPB’s Dr Ana Cama, President of PacEYES, attended the World Ophthalmology Congress (WOC) in Tokyo, Japan. The main objectives for attending WOC were to represent and raise the profile of PacEYES and receive information that could further develop PacEYES structure and assist in improving professional expertise for Dr Cama and…Continue reading: World Ophthalmology Congress »

Global Action Plan published, in all five UN languages

April 29th, 2014 posted by IAPB in Blog, Universal Eye Health, WHO

A finalised version of “Universal Eye Health: a global action plan 2014–2019” has been released by the World Health Organization (WHO). The Global Action Plan is now available to download from the WHO website, in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish. Endorsed by the World Health Assembly in May 2013, the Global Action Plan aims…Continue reading: Global Action Plan published, in all five UN languages »

World Bank: Pushing towards Universal Health Care

April 15th, 2014 posted by IAPB in Blog, Universal Eye Health, WHO, World Bank

Last week, the World Bank hosted a high-level meeting to further the momentum for universal health. The meeting was moderated by the WHO Director-General Margaret Chan, and speakers included UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. In the Western Pacific, a number of countries including the Philippines, Viet Nam, Cambodia and China are strengthening health systems and expanding…Continue reading: World Bank: Pushing towards Universal Health Care »

Ending avoidable blindness – a positive return on investment

April 11th, 2014 posted by IAPB in Blog, Cataract, Refractive errors, Trachoma

Governments face difficult decisions regarding how best to allocate scarce health care resources. One factor in the decision making process relates to the economic benefit of various healthcare- related interventions. Decision makers are influenced by the need to invest where the return on investment is greatest. The economic relationship between poverty and disability and the…Continue reading: Ending avoidable blindness – a positive return on investment »

Trachoma: Findings from mapping in Fiji published

April 7th, 2014 posted by IAPB in Blog

The Fiji Journal of Public Health has published an original research paper summarising the findings from a population-based prevalence survey of trachoma conducted in 2012 and 2013. The surveys were coordinated by IAPB, and conducted by Fiji’s Ministry of Health, with funding from the Australian Government. The aim of the survey was to map trachoma…Continue reading: Trachoma: Findings from mapping in Fiji published »

Blindness surveys: Training on RAAB methodology in the Western Pacific

April 2nd, 2014 posted by IAPB in Blog, WHO, Workshops

A week-long training workshop was held in Manila in March to train health personnel to conduct Rapid Assessment of Avoidable Blindness (RAAB) surveys. Hosted by WHO with funds from Australian Aid, IAPB and the Fred Hollows Foundation, the workshop trained 13 participants from 9 countries. CAMBODIA Dr SOK Kheng CHINA Dr Hu AILIAN Dr Baixiang XIAO…Continue reading: Blindness surveys: Training on RAAB methodology in the Western Pacific »

Ophthalmologists meet in Japan

April 2nd, 2014 posted by IAPB in Blog, Conferences & Events

The Western Pacific Region will this week host the World Ophthalmology Congress (WOC), a global meeting of eye doctors held every two years.  WOC2014 is sponsored by the International Council of Ophthalmology and hosted by the Japanese Ophthalmological Society (JOS). The event is co-hosted by the Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology (APAO). The congress will run from…Continue reading: Ophthalmologists meet in Japan »

Lao PDR re-establishes Prevention of Blindness Committee

April 2nd, 2014 posted by IAPB in Blog, Lao PDR, National Planning

Key stakeholders from the Ministry of Health, provincial health agencies and NGOs met in Vientiane on 21 March 2013 to form a committee to steer Lao PDR’s national eye health program. A decree signed by the Health Minister was issued on 18 June, formally establishing the committee. The committee has a mandate to oversee the…Continue reading: Lao PDR re-establishes Prevention of Blindness Committee »

Celebrate Innovation: Nominate an eye health leader

April 2nd, 2014 posted by IAPB in Blog, Cataract, Conferences & Events, Funding, IAPB Council of Members Meeting, Research

To shine a light on the creativity, ingenuity and resourcefulness of professionals and practitioners working in eye health IAPB will be commending Eye Health Leaders at this year’s Council of Members Meeting in Paris from 18-21 September. Organisations may nominate a colleague or partner who has provided an innovative solution to a problem in eye…Continue reading: Celebrate Innovation: Nominate an eye health leader »