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 »

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 »

China: National Conference on Blindness Prevention and Treatment

November 22nd, 2015 posted by IAPB in Blog, Cataract, China, Disability, Funding, Integration, Refractive errors, Universal Eye Health

China’s National Health and Family Planning Commission (NHFPC) held a national conference in Beijing on 20 November to promote blindness prevention, improve programming and advance work on the country’s national action plan for 2016-2020. The meeting was hosted by Ms Xiang Hu, Chief from the General Affairs department of Medical Administration and Hospital Management Bureau…Continue reading: China: National Conference on Blindness Prevention and Treatment »

China: Partners come together to discuss eye health

November 11th, 2015 posted by IAPB in Blog, Cataract, China, Conferences & Events, Global, Health Systems, IAPB Council of Members Meeting

As part of IAPB’s Council of Members Meeting in Beijing this year, IAPB hosted a special day to look at issues for universal eye health in China. The “China Day” was held on 13 October in Beijing, with more than 250 participants from 75 organisations at the meeting. The day highlighted new research and program…Continue reading: China: Partners come together to discuss eye health »

ASEAN doctors congress for eye health

October 31st, 2015 posted by IAPB in Blog, Cataract, Conferences & Events, Universal Eye Health, Vietnam, WHO, Workshops

“Ten countries, One Society, One Vision” – that summarises the position of the ASEAN Ophthalmology Society (AOS), a new union of the professional organisations for eye doctors from the 10 countries of South-East Asia. This week in Hanoi, the AOS will hold its second congress, with a three-day scientific program to look at key developments in ophthalmology and the…Continue reading: ASEAN doctors congress for eye health »

World Ophthalmology Congress: program now online

October 29th, 2015 posted by IAPB in Blog, Cataract, Conferences & Events, Diabetic Retinopathy, Global, Innovation, NCDs, Negelcted Tropical Diseases (NTDs), ophthalmology, Refractive errors

The Scientific Program for the 2016 World Ophthalmology Congress (WOC) in Guadalajara, Mexico, is now online. More than 330 scientific sessions have been organized, and over 3,000 ophthalmologists, subspecialists, and medical professionals will be presenting at the Congress, a dynamic educational event that covers more than 25 specialties and related topics. As rapidly advancing investigations may include…Continue reading: World Ophthalmology Congress: program now online »

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 »

Manila Sight Summit: Increasing Access to Eye Care Services

August 15th, 2015 posted by IAPB in Blog, Cataract, Philippines, Refractive errors, Universal Eye Health, WHO, Workshops

At the highest level, the government of the Philippines is committed to achieving universal access to health care for all Filipinos, and in eye health the Department of Health is leading a 5-year Prevention of Blindness Program to reduce the prevalence of blindness and strengthen government eye health services in hospitals, and in primary health facilities.…Continue reading: Manila Sight Summit: Increasing Access to Eye Care Services »