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 »

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 »

Advocacy Training Workshop held in Dili

February 4th, 2016 posted by IAPB in Advocacy, Blog, Workshops

As part of the Vision2020 East Asia Vision Program funded by the Australian Government and delivered by RACS in Timor-Leste, an advocacy training workshop was held in Dili from 18 – 22 January for three Timorese vision rehabilitation organisations. The workshop provided participants with various skills, tools and knowledge to advocate to the Timorese Government for enhanced…Continue reading: Advocacy Training Workshop held in Dili »

Universal Health Coverage: Right, smart and overdue

December 12th, 2015 posted by IAPB in Advocacy, Blog, Funding, Health Systems, Innovation, Integration, NCDs, Negelcted Tropical Diseases (NTDs), SDGs, Universal Eye Health, WHO, World Bank

IAPB will join a coalition of more than 700 organizations in 116 countries to mark Universal Health Coverage Day on 12 December and urge leaders to deliver on promises to achieve universal health coverage. Health is a human right that reduces poverty, fuels economic growth and builds resilience to threats from disease outbreaks to climate change. Hundreds of…Continue reading: Universal Health Coverage: Right, smart and overdue »

Forum: Eye Health for Women and Girls

November 22nd, 2015 posted by IAPB in Advocacy, Blog, Gender, Health Systems, Integration, Workshops

Almost two-thirds of the world’s blind are women and girls. How can we put women and girls at the centre of work against avoidable blindness?  On 17-18 November 2015, IAPB and the Fred Hollows Foundation convened a Regional Learning Forum to look at Eye Health for Women and Girls in Phnom Penh. The forum aimed to: Increase…Continue reading: Forum: Eye Health for Women and Girls »

Civil society organisations unite against NCDs

November 16th, 2015 posted by IAPB in Advocacy, Blog, Conferences & Events, Diabetic Retinopathy, Negelcted Tropical Diseases (NTDs), SDGs, Universal Eye Health, WHO

More than 200 civil society representatives from six continents adopted the “Sharjah Declaration on NCDs: Civil Society United Towards 2030″ yesterday, marking the end of the first-ever Global NCD Alliance Forum 2015, held in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates (UAE). Noncommunicable diseases (also known as NCDs or chronic diseases) include non-infectious conditions such as cardiovascular diseases (like…Continue reading: Civil society organisations unite against NCDs »

Regional Meeting: Escalating Action for Universal Eye Health

October 27th, 2015 posted by IAPB in Advocacy, AusAID, Blog, Conferences & Events, Health Systems, Universal Eye Health, WHO

More than 20 participants from health ministries and NGO partner organisations are meeting in Manila this week to discuss progress in implementing Towards Universal Eye Health: A Regional Action Plan 2014-19. The meeting has been convened by the World Health Organisation and is funded by Australian Aid. The meeting is the second event in the…Continue reading: Regional Meeting: Escalating Action for Universal Eye Health »

World Sight Day Celebrated in Philippines

October 19th, 2015 posted by IAPB in Advocacy, Blog, Philippines, World Sight Day

World Sight Day 2015 was celebrated by the Philippines National Committee for Sight Preservation in collaboration with the Department of Health in a celebratory advocacy event at the San Antonio District Hospital in Nueva Ecija. The program started with one of the highlights of the event – a ribbon-cutting ceremony of the eye unit of…Continue reading: World Sight Day Celebrated in Philippines »