The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) is an alliance of civil society organisations, corporates and professional bodies promoting eye health through advocacy, knowledge and partnerships.

IAPB’s mission is to eliminate the main causes of avoidable blindness and visual impairment by bringing together governments and non-governmental agencies to facilitate the planning, development and implementation of sustainable national eye care programmes. IAPB promotes VISION 2020, its joint initiative with the World Health Organization (WHO).

The Western Pacific Region

Aligned to regions of the World Health Organization, IAPB in the Western Pacific covers 28 countries in the Pacific, Oceania and parts of Asia.

With a population of more than 1.7 billion people, the Western Pacific is the largest and most diverse region globally. The region contains large industrialised cities and farming communities in Asia, developed economies such as Australia and New Zealand, as well as sparsely populated islands across vast distances of the Pacific Ocean.

Our Strategy

IAPB believes that prevention of avoidable blindness requires comprehensive planning and coordination at all levels. Working closely with members, governments and other partners across the Western Pacific, IAPB aims to achieve universal access to eye health by:

  • Advocating for leadership, resources and policy from government
  • Increasing knowledge, building and strengthening collaborations for advocacy and more effective programming.

Our work is led by a Regional Chair and co-chairs responsible for sub-regions across the Western Pacific. Staff in Singapore and Beijing coordinate key activities. Download a copy of our strategy for the Western Pacific with activities planned for 2016 here.