Australia signs the Marrakesh Treaty

June 30th, 2014 posted by IAPB in Australia, Blog, Cambodia, China, Mongolia, Universal Eye Health

Australia signed the Marrakesh Treaty on 23 June 2014, known formally as the Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons who are Blind, Visually Impaired, or otherwise Print Disabled. The treaty was first agreed and signed in Marrakesh, Morocco, on 28 June 2013. China, Cambodia and Mongolia were among the signatories on…Continue reading: Australia signs the Marrakesh Treaty »

RANZCO International Development Workshop

June 26th, 2014 posted by IAPB in Australia, Blog, Cataract, Conferences & Events, Workshops

The RANZCO International Development Workshop will be held on Friday 21st November 2014 (before the RANZCO Congress) at the Queensland Eye Institute, Brisbane. The theme is “Cataract surgery in low resource settings – training, resourcing, monitoring”. The interactive workshop is a great opportunity to hear from international speakers, and engage in discussion about issues pertinent…Continue reading: RANZCO International Development Workshop »

Pacific: Regional meeting on eye health

June 18th, 2014 posted by IAPB in Blog, Cataract, Diabetic Retinopathy, Fiji, Kitbati, Pacific Islands, Refractive errors, Solomon Islands, Trachoma, Universal Eye Health

More than 110 eye health experts from Pacific Island Countries are meeting this week for the annual Pacific Eye Care Society (PacEYES) Conference held this year in Lami, north-west of the Fijian capital, Suva. Fiji’s Health Minister, Dr Neil Sharma, told delegates at the Conference that cataract, refractive error and trachoma were three eye diseases of concern…Continue reading: Pacific: Regional meeting on eye health »

Prof Hugh Taylor profiled

June 17th, 2014 posted by IAPB in Australia, Blog, Trachoma

As efforts to eliminate trachoma in Australia enter a new phase, a respected Australian ophthalmologist, Prof Hugh Taylor, has been profiled on TV and radio. Prof Taylor and the Indigenous Eye Health Unit at the University of Melbourne and working with the Australian Government and local partners through remote Australia to eliminate blinding trachoma. Prof…Continue reading: Prof Hugh Taylor profiled »

Stakeholders meet in Phnom Penh to launch national trachoma survey

June 13th, 2014 posted by IAPB in Blog, Cambodia, Trachoma

A workshop to launch Cambodia’s national trachoma survey was held on 2 June this year. Senior officials from provincial health departments hospital directors attended the workshop, which was opened by Cambodia’s Vice Minister of Health, Prof Eng Hout. Representatives from NGOs and IAPB members, including the Fred Hollows Foundation, Seva, Brien Holden Vision Institute, Battambang Ophthalmic Care Centre…Continue reading: Stakeholders meet in Phnom Penh to launch national trachoma survey »

A new global plan for disability

June 13th, 2014 posted by IAPB in Blog, Disability, Universal Eye Health, WHO

In a historic move, the World Health Assembly last month endorsed a plan to improve health for all people with disability. Titled “Better health for all people with disability”, the plan will ·       remove barriers and improve access to health services and programmes ·       strengthen and extend rehabilitation, habilitation, assistive technology, assistance and support services,…Continue reading: A new global plan for disability »

NZ supports new eye care centre in Solomon Islands

June 10th, 2014 posted by IAPB in Blog, Funding, Pacific Islands, Solomon Islands

Foreign Minister Murray McCully has announced New Zealand will contribute $3.8 million to the Fred Hollows Foundation NZ for a new regional eye care centre in Solomon Islands. “Around 80,000 people in the Pacific are blind, and four out of five of these people could have their sight restored through an operation,” Mr McCully said…Continue reading: NZ supports new eye care centre in Solomon Islands »