Trachoma: Third progress report on NTDs finds good progress

June 25th, 2015 posted by IAPB in Advocacy, Blog, Cambodia, China, Funding, Health Systems, Integration, Kiribati, Lao PDR, Negelcted Tropical Diseases (NTDs), Trachoma, WHO

The third global progress report of the London Declaration on NTDs was released today, with partnerships and increased domestic investments and ownership being lauded as key to controlling neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). Trachoma is considered a neglected tropical disease and in the Western Pacific, partners have been involved in surveys and mapping of trachoma in…Continue reading: Trachoma: Third progress report on NTDs finds good progress »

Health Systems: a quick background

June 23rd, 2015 posted by IAPB in Blog, Funding, Health Systems, Training, Universal Eye Health

Health Systems Strengthening has been a catch-phrase in public health and development for almost a decade. But what does it mean? And how did it evolve? A common definition, accepted by WHO and others, is that a health system “… consists of all organizations, people and actions whose primary intent is to promote, restore or maintain…Continue reading: Health Systems: a quick background »

New PacEYES Committee elected

June 19th, 2015 posted by IAPB in Blog, Pacific Islands, Training

Members of the Pacific Eye Care Society (PacEYES) appointed new office bearers this week. Congratulations to: President – Dr Varanisese Naviri Vice President – Dr Mundi Qalo Treasurer – Dr Lucilla Ah Ching Secretary – Dr Salome Lolokabaira The four office bearers have been elected to serve a two-year term and are eager to develop PacEYES as…Continue reading: New PacEYES Committee elected »

Universal Eye Health: Meeting report released

June 16th, 2015 posted by IAPB in Blog, Cambodia, China, Federated States of Micronesia, Funding, Health Systems, Japan, Kiribati, Lao PDR, Low Vision, Mongolia, Negelcted Tropical Diseases (NTDs), Pacific Islands, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Refractive errors, Samoa, Universal Eye Health, WHO, Workshops

In November 2014, the World Health Organisation hosted a Regional Meeting on Implementing ‘Towards Universal Eye Health: A Regional Action Plan (2014–2019)’ (PDF) in Manila. The meeting sought to: discuss the country situation, priorities and challenges in implementing national action plans for eye health identify actions and requirements for monitoring and using national indicators for prevention of avoidable…Continue reading: Universal Eye Health: Meeting report released »

Australia: Health for Development Strategy 2015-20

June 15th, 2015 posted by IAPB in AusAID, Australia, Blog, Diabetes, Funding, Gender, Health Systems, Integration, NCDs, Negelcted Tropical Diseases (NTDs), Pacific Islands

Strengthening regional preparedness for emerging health threats and building country-level health systems that are responsive to people’s needs are the two focus areas for the Australian Aid program’s new health strategy, released this week in Canberra. The strategy recognises health as a foundation for human development, economic growth and poverty reduction and identifies improved access to clean…Continue reading: Australia: Health for Development Strategy 2015-20 »

Universal Health Coverage: 400 million missing out on essential services

June 15th, 2015 posted by IAPB in Blog, Cataract, Diabetes, Japan, Research, Universal Eye Health, WHO, World Bank

New data released by the World Health Organization and the World Bank shows 400 million people globally do not have access to essential health services and 6% of people in low- and middle-income countries are tipped into or pushed further into extreme poverty because of health spending. The report, Tracking Universal Health Coverage, (click link to…Continue reading: Universal Health Coverage: 400 million missing out on essential services »

Data collection: Commitment to accountability for results in health

June 12th, 2015 posted by IAPB in Advocacy, Blog, Funding, Global, Health Systems, WHO, World Bank

The US Agency for International Development (USAID), the World Bank, World Health Organization (WHO), and countries and partners met in June for a high-level summit in Washington DC on  Measurement and Accountability for Results in Health. Among other things, the meeting endorsed two important documents. Roadmap for Health Measurement and Accountability (external link), which outlines smart investments…Continue reading: Data collection: Commitment to accountability for results in health »

Diabetes: New research from Singapore & global campaign

June 8th, 2015 posted by IAPB in Advocacy, Blog, Diabetes, Diabetic Retinopathy, Funding, Global, Health Systems, Integration, Singapore

With 400 million people living with diabetes globally, this epidemic not only threatens individual health but presents one of the greatest barriers today to sustainable development and economic growth. That’s a recent claim from the International Diabetes Foundation, a global body and IAPB partner calling on leaders at the G7 to act now on diabetes.…Continue reading: Diabetes: New research from Singapore & global campaign »

Indicators: Global Reference List

June 3rd, 2015 posted by IAPB in Advocacy, Blog, Cataract, Health Systems, Integration

The World Health Organisation has updated its Global Reference List of 100 Core Health Indicators (external PDF), which is a standard set of 100 indicators prioritized by the global community. The list is prepared to help provide information on the health situation and trends, including responses at national and global levels. Indicators for eye health are…Continue reading: Indicators: Global Reference List »