Low Vision: New resource developed for Africa

November 26th, 2014 posted by IAPB in Blog, Low Vision

A manual outlining models of clinical low vision services, ways to link with educational services, and service planning and monitoring has been developed especially for the Africa region. Low vision is often defined as an irreversible loss of vision that impedes an individual’s ability to learn or perform some or all of their usual and age-appropriate…Continue reading: Low Vision: New resource developed for Africa »

The E.S.P. of advocacy for eye health

November 25th, 2014 posted by IAPB in Advocacy, Blog, Cataract, Health Systems, Integration, National Planning

Numerous frameworks and models exist for planning and monitoring advocacy work. Some famous approaches include developing a Theory of Change, working to a logical framework, or following the advocacy cycle. But put even more simply, it may be easier to remember that advocacy requires ESP. Extra-sensory perception? Sure, being able to read the minds of…Continue reading: The E.S.P. of advocacy for eye health »

Glaucoma: Prevalence and projections

November 25th, 2014 posted by IAPB in Blog, Glaucoma, Global, Singapore

A global study designed to estimate the global prevalence and future projections of glaucoma burden has found that Asia and Africa will be disproportionately affected by glaucoma, the leading cause of global irreversible blindness. The study provides comprehensive, up-to-date estimations on the current worldwide glaucoma prevalence and future projections on the number of people with…Continue reading: Glaucoma: Prevalence and projections »

Fiji: Trachoma Action Plan

November 19th, 2014 posted by IAPB in Blog, Fiji, Negelcted Tropical Diseases (NTDs), Trachoma

IAPB facilitated a two-day workshop in November for stakeholders in Fiji to plan the national response to trachoma. Representatives from the World Health Organization, the Ministry of Health and Medical Services and several NGOs attended the workshop, which was part of the planning phase for a comprehensive intervention project to be funded by the Queen…Continue reading: Fiji: Trachoma Action Plan »

Regional Meeting: Countries work towards Universal Eye Health

November 17th, 2014 posted by IAPB in Blog, Cataract, Conferences & Events, Diabetic Retinopathy, Federated States of Micronesia, Funding, Kiribati, Lao PDR, Mongolia, NCDs, Refractive errors, Universal Eye Health, Vanuatu, Vietnam, WHO

A clear and agreed plan of action is a good first step, but the tough work begins with implementation. That sums up the predicament for eye health leaders across the Western Pacific, who travelled to Manila early in November for a three-day meeting on implementation of Towards Universal Eye Health: A Regional Action Plan 2014-19…Continue reading: Regional Meeting: Countries work towards Universal Eye Health »

World Diabetes Day

November 13th, 2014 posted by IAPB in Blog, Conferences & Events, Diabetic Retinopathy, Global, NCDs, Universal Eye Health, WHO

Information and resources courtesy of IAPB and IDF: Tomorrow is World Diabetes Day (WDD). Led by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF), World Diabetes Day is celebrated annually on November 14 and was created by IDF and the World Health Organization in response to growing concerns about the escalating health threat posed by diabetes. Diabetes mellitus is becoming a global epidemic.…Continue reading: World Diabetes Day »

Mongolia: Prevalence of blindness survey

November 12th, 2014 posted by IAPB in Blog, Cataract, Mongolia, Refractive errors, Research

A Rapid Assessment of Avoidable Blindness (RAAB) survey was conducted in Mongolia from October 2012 to November 2013. The survey included 4,040 people aged 50 years and older, of whom 4,029 were actually examined. Among the important conclusions made by the survey: Untreated cataract and uncorrected refractive errors are the major causes of avoidable blindness and low…Continue reading: Mongolia: Prevalence of blindness survey »

Clinical Fellowships: Apply now

November 12th, 2014 posted by IAPB in Blog

Applications for the Commonwealth Eye Health Consortium’s Clinical Fellowships are now open: http://cehc.lshtm.ac.uk/clinical-fellows/.  One-year and three-month fellowships are being offered to ophthalmologists from low and middle-income Commonwealth countries.  Through the enhancement of sub-specialty knowledge and skills and the delivery of high quality eye care, Commonwealth fellows can return to more effectively relieve the burden of blindness…Continue reading: Clinical Fellowships: Apply now »

IAPB China Committee Formed

November 11th, 2014 posted by IAPB in Blog, China, IAPB Council of Members Meeting

A special meeting of IAPB members and organisations working to prevent blindness in China was held in Beijing on Saturday 8 November 2015. Participants at the meeting undertook to work together and strengthen their collaboration, and form an IAPB China Committee to coordinate activities and advocate for better eye health in the world’s most populous…Continue reading: IAPB China Committee Formed »

World Sight Day 2014

November 6th, 2014 posted by IAPB in Blog, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Global, Lao PDR, Mongolia, Philippines, Samoa, World Sight Day

World Sight Day took place on Thursday, 9 October 2014. Activities to mark World Sight Day are were held in countries across the Western Pacific. In Lao PDR, the National Ophthalmology Centre, together with the Fred Hollows Foundation and CBM, conducted free eye examinations, cataract surgeries and provide reading glasses for the elderly. Also among the…Continue reading: World Sight Day 2014 »