Eye health and the SDGs: a reference document

September 30th, 2015 posted by IAPB in AusAID, Australia, Blog, SDGs, SDGs

World leaders gathered last week at the United Nations in New York to endorse an ambitious new agenda to alleviate extreme poverty and inequality by 2030. Unlike the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which only applied to developing countries, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) apply to all countries. The new Global Goals also set a more comprehensive agenda with 17 goals…Continue reading: Eye health and the SDGs: a reference document »

Universal Health Coverage Makes Economic Sense

September 23rd, 2015 posted by IAPB in Advocacy, Blog, Cataract, Funding, Global, Health Systems, Integration, Universal Eye Health, WHO, World Bank

A global coalition of 267 notable economists representing 44 countries is calling on policymakers to prioritize universal health coverage as an essential pillar of economic development. The Economists’ Declaration on Universal Health Coverage, published today in The Lancet medical journal, was convened by The Rockefeller Foundation. Launched as global leaders prepare to enact the Sustainable Development Goals…Continue reading: Universal Health Coverage Makes Economic Sense »

NCDs: a priority for sustainable human development

September 18th, 2015 posted by IAPB in Advocacy, Blog, Funding, Global, Health Systems, NCDs, WHO, World Bank

Following years of work to build political consensus, and dedicated advocacy by civil society, non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are firmly featured as a universal priority that must be addressed to realise sustainable human development. The global advocacy network, NCD Alliance, has prepared material to promote a greater emphasis on NCDs at the 70th UN General Assembly, taking…Continue reading: NCDs: a priority for sustainable human development »

Australia: New funding for Indigenous eye health

September 17th, 2015 posted by IAPB in Advocacy, Australia, Blog, Funding, Health Systems, Negelcted Tropical Diseases (NTDs), Trachoma, Universal Eye Health

Australia’s Assistant Minister for Health Fiona Nash has announed an additional $6.63 million over four years to improve eye care coordination and help reduce trachoma – a bacterial infection of the eye linked to poor hygiene and which can result in blindness – in indigenous communities. The new funding will support eye care coordination to make sure patients…Continue reading: Australia: New funding for Indigenous eye health »

NZ increases aid to Pacific Island nations

September 14th, 2015 posted by IAPB in Advocacy, Blog, Funding, Health Systems, New Zealand, Pacific Islands, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Universal Eye Health

New Zealand’s Prime Minister John Key last week announced New Zealand will provide NZ$1 billion in development assistance to the Pacific region over the next three years. In a statement released before the Pacific Islands Forum, the Prime Minister noted: “New Zealand is a Pacific nation and we are committed to working with our closest…Continue reading: NZ increases aid to Pacific Island nations »

The value of Indigenous sight: an economic analysis

September 4th, 2015 posted by IAPB in Advocacy, Australia, Blog

In Australia, the eyesight of more than 32,000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people would be saved if the Australian Government invested just $227 million over 10 years, a new report has found. The Value of Indigenous Sight report, commissioned by the University of Melbourne and conducted by professional services firm, PwC, looks at the…Continue reading: The value of Indigenous sight: an economic analysis »