Need help with advocacy for eye health?

March 10th, 2017 posted by IAPB in Advocacy, Australia, Blog, Cambodia, Fiji, Health Systems, Samoa, Training, Universal Eye Health, Vietnam, WHO

Effective advocacy and efforts to secure the support of national governments and decision-makers is critical for Universal Eye Health. Advocacy is not a specialist art. All of us have the potential to become powerful advocates. Good advocacy requires clarity of purpose, cooperation, thorough preparation and creativity. There is not one way to do advocacy –…Continue reading: Need help with advocacy for eye health? »

Long-term Strategy for Blindness Prevention endorsed by Vietnam’s PM

January 17th, 2017 posted by IAPB in Advocacy, Blog, Cataract, Diabetes, Diabetic Retinopathy, Disability, financing, Funding, Gender, Health Systems, Vietnam

Vietnam’s Prime Minister approved the National Strategy for Prevention of Blindness to 2020, with a Vision to 2030 at the end of 2016. With the Prime Minister’s high-level endorsement, the strategy provides a long-term vision that will raise the importance of eye health in the context of health and development in Vietnam. It calls on provincial authorities…Continue reading: Long-term Strategy for Blindness Prevention endorsed by Vietnam’s PM »

China: 5-year National Plan for Eye Health adopted

December 21st, 2016 posted by IAPB in Advocacy, Blog, Cataract, China, financing, Funding, Health Systems, Integration, ophthalmology, Optometry, Refractive errors, WHO

China’s National Health and Family Planning Commission presented a new 5-year National Plan for Eye Health in late October, which calls on government agencies and partners to work together and extend action in the lead-up to the 2020. The plan is a product of extensive consultation and drafting by key experts active in blindness prevention…Continue reading: China: 5-year National Plan for Eye Health adopted »

Vietnam: Cataract blindness still a major health problem

December 21st, 2016 posted by IAPB in Blog, Cataract, Low Vision, Research, Universal Eye Health, Vietnam, WHO

A Rapid Assessment of Avoidable Blindness (RAAB) survey conducted in Vietnam has found the prevalence of cataract blindness in people aged over 50 years has reduced since the first survey in 2000 and the number of surgeries has increased significantly. Download the English version of the final report. While the reduction in prevalence is good…Continue reading: Vietnam: Cataract blindness still a major health problem »

Financing for eye health: country guides

June 27th, 2016 posted by IAPB in Advocacy, Blog, Cambodia, financing, Funding, health insurance, Health Systems, Lao PDR, Philippines, Refractive errors, Vietnam

How should we ensure scarce resources in health are allocated fairly and efficiently? How should we price goods and services to maximise access and cover costs? How should we structure insurance systems to reduce out-of-pocket expenditure? These questions (and many others) are critical to financing for eye health. In 2015, IAPB and the Fred Hollows Foundation conducted country…Continue reading: Financing for eye health: country guides »

Vale Kazuichi Konyama

June 27th, 2016 posted by IAPB in Blog, Japan, ophthalmology, Universal Eye Health, WHO, Workshops

Professor Kazuichi Konyama, a highly respected and distinguished ophthalmologist and teacher, passed away last week on 21 June 2016. He was 87. Prof Konyama began his medical career in the 1950s and trained in Thailand, Japan, the US. He was a passionate advocate for blindness prevention, for applying epidemiology and for quality in ophthalmology and patient…Continue reading: Vale Kazuichi Konyama »

Developing eye research capacity in China

May 19th, 2016 posted by IAPB in Australia, Blog, China, Health Systems, Research

A new project to accelerate research development in China led by the Centre for Eye Research Australia (CERA) kicked off last month in Guangzhou, China. Known as the Australia-China Research Accelerator (ACRA), the program aims to standardise a data collection system and train Chinese hospital staff to conduct clinical research and collect data. This will…Continue reading: Developing eye research capacity in China »

IAPB: New Regional Chairs

May 18th, 2016 posted by IAPB in Blog, Conferences & Events, IAPB 10GA

Seven nominees including three incumbents have been nominated for Regional Chair positions across IAPB’s seven regions. For two regions, Africa and Western Pacific, regional elections were held to choose the preferred candidate among the nominees. Amanda Davis, the Chief Operating Officer of Brien Holden Vision Institute, was nominated as the Regional Chair for the Western…Continue reading: IAPB: New Regional Chairs »

Cataract Training Opportunity in China

May 17th, 2016 posted by IAPB in Blog, Cataract, China, Training, Universal Eye Health

AIER Eye Hospital, China’s largest ophthalmic institution, is hosting an international training workshop to improve cataract treatment for blindness prevention. The course will be delivered in Changsa, Hunan Province with instruction in English. The course will run for 20 days from 17 October until 5 November 2016. International workshops like these have been held in China since…Continue reading: Cataract Training Opportunity in China »