68th World Health Assembly: a quick summary

May 29th, 2015 posted by IAPB in Blog, Funding, Gender, Global, Health Systems, NCDs, Negelcted Tropical Diseases (NTDs), Universal Eye Health, WHO

The 68th World Health Assembly met in Geneva in May. The primary theme of this year’s Assembly was Resilient Health Systems. The opening remarks of the Director-General, Dr Margaret Chan, outlined new initiatives to respond to emergenices such as Ebola and the earthquake in Nepal, as well as the inclusion of Universal Health Care and…Continue reading: 68th World Health Assembly: a quick summary »

New Zealand: Aid to increase

May 29th, 2015 posted by IAPB in Advocacy, Australia, Blog, Funding, Health Systems, New Zealand, Solomon Islands, Universal Eye Health

New Zealand, one of the most important donors to Pacific Island health programs, has again budgeted to increase the size of its aid allocation. Released on 21 May, New Zealand’s budget announced spending in official Development Assistance (ODA) will increase by nearly NZ$ 220 million spread over three years. This is in contrast to the…Continue reading: New Zealand: Aid to increase »

Australia: New strategy for disability in development

May 25th, 2015 posted by IAPB in AusAID, Australia, Australia, Blog, Disability, Global, Integration, Low Vision, Universal Eye Health

Australia’s Foreign Minister today launched the aid program’s new strategy to strengthen the inclusion of people with disabilities in developing countries. The strategy recognises that everyone is affected if the most disadvantaged people are left behind, and acknowledges that people with disabilities make up one of the largest and most disadvantaged minorities in the world. Through the…Continue reading: Australia: New strategy for disability in development »

East Asia Vision Program Update

May 11th, 2015 posted by IAPB in Blog, Cambodia, Vietnam

The East Asia Vision Program (EAVP) is a three-year program (2013-15) funded by the Australian Government. It involves Vision 2020 Australia Global Consortium members working together with country partners in Cambodia, Timor-Leste and Vietnam to strengthen the eye health workforce. IAPB supports the program with technical advice. Activities delivered by the World Health Organisation and…Continue reading: East Asia Vision Program Update »

Essential Surgery: Cataract

May 11th, 2015 posted by IAPB in Advocacy, Blog, Cataract, Global, Innovation, Training, World Bank

The World Bank has released a book on “Essential Surgery”, the first of nine volumes in the Disease Control Priorities series to be published in 2015 and 2016. The book can be downloaded for free from the World Bank website. In the book, The World Bank points that basic surgical procedures are among the most cost-effective…Continue reading: Essential Surgery: Cataract »