New funding opportunities for Cambodia, China and Vietnam

December 23rd, 2014 posted by IAPB in Blog, Cambodia, China, Funding, Global, Vietnam

Seeing is Believing, funded by the Standard Chartered Bank, has announced new funding opportunities open now for Cambodia, China and Vietnam. This funding call is also open to 10 countries in other parts of the world. Download the application form and related documents from the IAPB website. Since 2003, USD 37 million has been raised…Continue reading: New funding opportunities for Cambodia, China and Vietnam »

Vanuatu: Training trachoma survey teams

December 23rd, 2014 posted by IAPB in Blog, Trachoma, Vanuatu

In October, the International Trachoma Initiative (ITI) and the Global Trachoma Mapping Project (GTMP), trained eye health workers in Vanuatu to survey adults and children for signs of trachoma. Once eye health workers are trained and certified, “graders” and “recorders” work in teams to survey communities. The “grader” everts (flips) eyelids to detect signs of…Continue reading: Vanuatu: Training trachoma survey teams »

New edition of the Diabetes Atlas

December 23rd, 2014 posted by IAPB in Blog, Diabetes, Diabetic Retinopathy, Global

The International Diabetes Federation’s Diabetes Atlas is the authoritative source of information on global and regional diabetes prevalence, expenditure and mortality. The sixth edition of the Atlas has been produced and is available free for download from the IDF website. With new data, the Diabetes Atlas reports: •       In the Western Pacific, 138 million adults have diabetes…Continue reading: New edition of the Diabetes Atlas »

Australia: National implementation plan to prevent blindness

December 17th, 2014 posted by IAPB in Advocacy, Australia, Blog, Diabetic Retinopathy, Health Systems, Integration, Refractive errors, Universal Eye Health

In September, Australia’s Minister for Health endorsed the National Framework Implementation Plan for Action to Promote Eye Health and Prevent Avoidable Blindness and Vision Loss 2014-16. Vision 2020 Australia (a member of IAPB and the peak national body for agencies working to prevent blindness in Australia) together with its members presented a formal response to the Plan in December. Vision 2020…Continue reading: Australia: National implementation plan to prevent blindness »

IAPB China Committee

December 17th, 2014 posted by IAPB in Blog, China

The IAPB China Committee brings together 14 organisations working to promote blindness prevention in China. The Committee is broad and inclusive, with members including NGOs, private hospitals, research institutes and government hospitals from different parts of China. Like IAPB globally, the Committee believes that by working together we have far greater chances of achieving change…Continue reading: IAPB China Committee »

12 December: Universal Health Coverage Day

December 9th, 2014 posted by IAPB in Blog, Global, Health Systems, Universal Eye Health, WHO

On 12 December 2012, the United Nations unanimously endorsed universal health coverage.  This Friday, 12 December, will celebrate the first-ever Universal Health Coverage Day to applaud progress and hold leaders accountable. IAPB is a Global Partner, along with many IAPB members, and part of a global coalition that will call for universal health coverage to be…Continue reading: 12 December: Universal Health Coverage Day »

Non-communicable Diseases: New research on the emerging health crisis

December 7th, 2014 posted by IAPB in Advocacy, Blog, Cataract, Diabetic Retinopathy, Funding, Global, Health Systems, NCDs, Research

Obesity is responsible for about 5 per cent of all deaths a year worldwide and increases risks linked to diabetes. If the prevalence of obesity continues on its current trajectory, almost half of the world’s adult population will be overweight or obese by 2030. A new McKinsey Global Institute (MGI) discussion paper, Overcoming obesity: An initial economic…Continue reading: Non-communicable Diseases: New research on the emerging health crisis »

International Day of Disability

December 3rd, 2014 posted by IAPB in Advocacy, Blog, Disability, Gender, Global

Today marks International Day of People with Disability, a day sanctioned by the United Nations to promote an understanding of people with disability and encourage support for their dignity, rights and well-being. Visual impairment is a very common form of disability that can often be prevented, or managed more effectively with low vision aids. Many of…Continue reading: International Day of Disability »

RANZCO Annual Scientific Congress 2014

December 2nd, 2014 posted by IAPB in Australia, Blog, Cataract, Conferences & Events, Diabetic Retinopathy, Glaucoma, Research, Universal Eye Health, Workshops

From 22-26 November, Brisbane hosted the 46th RANZCO Annual Scientific Congress. The Congress provided an excellent opportunity to learn of new developments, new research and updated data in global ophthalmology and specific ocular conditions. The positive impact of the Vision 2020 Global Initiative was recognised by the Congress and the recent Global Burden of Diseases reports, where…Continue reading: RANZCO Annual Scientific Congress 2014 »