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? »

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 »

Funding cuts impact health and development programs

December 11th, 2015 posted by IAPB in Australia, Blog, Funding

The Australian government, one of the most important development donors in the Asia-Pacific region, has made billions of dollars in cuts in recent years and this week confirmed dozens of programs will be casualties in an effort to drive Australia’s foreign aid to its lowest ever level, Australian newspapers have reported. The Age newspaper reported…Continue reading: Funding cuts impact health and development programs »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Professor Brien Holden

July 28th, 2015 posted by IAPB in Australia, Blog, Refractive errors, Universal Eye Health

Late on Monday 27th July, VISION 2020: The Right to Sight lost a champion. So has IAPB and eye health care not only in the Western Pacific Region, but globally. Brien’s influence extended far beyond his initial love of contact lens practice and research and encompassed the greater inequities of uncorrected refractive error and the development…Continue reading: Professor Brien Holden »

Vision for everyone, everywhere

July 28th, 2015 posted by IAPB in Advocacy, Australia, Blog, China, Refractive errors, Research, Universal Eye Health

Global leader in eye care and vision research, internationally renowned and awarded scientist and humanitarian, Professor Brien Holden OAM passed away suddenly on 27 July in Sydney. Prof Holden was a leading advocate for optometry and the correction of refractive error. He was CEO of Brien Holden Vision Institute (a member of IAPB) and a…Continue reading: Vision for everyone, everywhere »

Taking a Systems Approach to Eye Health

July 10th, 2015 posted by IAPB in Advocacy, Australia, Blog, Cambodia, China, Funding, Global, Health Systems, Lao PDR, NCDs, Refractive errors, Training, Universal Eye Health, Vietnam, WHO, Workshops

In early July, eye health experts from across Asia and the Pacific gathered in Hanoi for a 5-day short course to workshop ways to strengthen health systems, improve eye health and work towards Universal Health Coverage. Held at Hanoi School of Public Health, the course was delivered by Dr Karl Blanchet from the London School of…Continue reading: Taking a Systems Approach to Eye Health »

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 »