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 »

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 »

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 »

Myopia: half the world to be short-sighted by 2050

February 17th, 2016 posted by IAPB in Blog, China, Global, Health Systems, Optometry, Refractive errors, Singapore

Researchers estimate that 49.8 per cent of the world’s population, nearly five billion people, will be short-sighted by 2050. Up to one-fifth of them will be at a significantly increased risk of blindness if current trends continue. The rapid increase of myopia and high myopia is widely considered to be largely driven by people spending…Continue reading: Myopia: half the world to be short-sighted by 2050 »

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 »

Study in China: Courses now open at He University

October 30th, 2015 posted by IAPB in Blog, China, Optometry, Training

He University, a member of IAPB, is devoted to excellence in teaching, learning, and researching, and to developing leaders in many disciplines – including medicine and eye health. He University was established in 1999 in Shenyang, Lioaning province of China. The university has an enrolment of more than 8,000 students in schools of Medicine, Nursing,…Continue reading: Study in China: Courses now open at He University »

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 »

Trachoma: Third progress report on NTDs finds good progress

June 25th, 2015 posted by IAPB in Advocacy, Blog, Cambodia, China, Funding, Health Systems, Integration, Kiribati, Lao PDR, Negelcted Tropical Diseases (NTDs), Trachoma, WHO

The third global progress report of the London Declaration on NTDs was released today, with partnerships and increased domestic investments and ownership being lauded as key to controlling neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). Trachoma is considered a neglected tropical disease and in the Western Pacific, partners have been involved in surveys and mapping of trachoma in…Continue reading: Trachoma: Third progress report on NTDs finds good progress »