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 »

Guide for health workers to tackle diabetic blindness

January 29th, 2016 posted by IAPB in Blog, Diabetes, Diabetic Retinopathy, Global, Health Systems, Low Vision, Optometry, Universal Eye Health

One third of people with diabetes will develop eye damage in their life time. Every person with diabetes is at risk of going blind with diabetic retinopathy, however vision can be avoided. The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and The Fred Hollows Foundation joined forces to develop a Guide to help health professionals care for the…Continue reading: Guide for health workers to tackle diabetic blindness »

New device to detect signs of blindness

January 25th, 2016 posted by IAPB in Blog, Diabetic Retinopathy, Innovation, ophthalmology, Optometry, Pacific Islands, Universal Eye Health

Solar powered, easy-to-use and pocket-sized, the Arclight is a tool to make out-reach or screening programs easier. Priced as low as £5 per unit, the Arclight performs as well as traditional devices.  After four years of informal trials in the Solomon Islands, Fiji, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Kenya, Malawi and Australia; plus a formal research assessment at the International Centre for Eye Health in London,…Continue reading: New device to detect signs of blindness »

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 »

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 »

Diabetes: New research from Singapore & global campaign

June 8th, 2015 posted by IAPB in Advocacy, Blog, Diabetes, Diabetic Retinopathy, Funding, Global, Health Systems, Integration, Singapore

With 400 million people living with diabetes globally, this epidemic not only threatens individual health but presents one of the greatest barriers today to sustainable development and economic growth. That’s a recent claim from the International Diabetes Foundation, a global body and IAPB partner calling on leaders at the G7 to act now on diabetes.…Continue reading: Diabetes: New research from Singapore & global campaign »

Global survey on diabetic eye disease

February 2nd, 2015 posted by IAPB in Blog, Diabetes, Diabetic Retinopathy, Global, Health Systems, Japan, Research

The International Federation on Ageing (IFA), the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and IAPB, working in collaboration with the New York Academy of Medicine (NYAM) are collecting evidence on knowledge, policies, standards of care, and supportive services for Diabetic Retinopathy and Diabetic Macular Edema across 42 countries. If you have first-hand experience of diabetic eye disease, take the survey on the IAPB…Continue reading: Global survey on diabetic eye disease »

New edition of the Diabetes Atlas

December 23rd, 2014 posted by IAPB in Blog, Diabetes, Diabetic Retinopathy, Global

The International Diabetes Federation’s Diabetes Atlas is the authoritative source of information on global and regional diabetes prevalence, expenditure and mortality. The sixth edition of the Atlas has been produced and is available free for download from the IDF website. With new data, the Diabetes Atlas reports: •       In the Western Pacific, 138 million adults have diabetes…Continue reading: New edition of the Diabetes Atlas »

Australia: National implementation plan to prevent blindness

December 17th, 2014 posted by IAPB in Advocacy, Australia, Blog, Diabetic Retinopathy, Health Systems, Integration, Refractive errors, Universal Eye Health

In September, Australia’s Minister for Health endorsed the National Framework Implementation Plan for Action to Promote Eye Health and Prevent Avoidable Blindness and Vision Loss 2014-16. Vision 2020 Australia (a member of IAPB and the peak national body for agencies working to prevent blindness in Australia) together with its members presented a formal response to the Plan in December. Vision 2020…Continue reading: Australia: National implementation plan to prevent blindness »

Non-communicable Diseases: New research on the emerging health crisis

December 7th, 2014 posted by IAPB in Advocacy, Blog, Cataract, Diabetic Retinopathy, Funding, Global, Health Systems, NCDs, Research

Obesity is responsible for about 5 per cent of all deaths a year worldwide and increases risks linked to diabetes. If the prevalence of obesity continues on its current trajectory, almost half of the world’s adult population will be overweight or obese by 2030. A new McKinsey Global Institute (MGI) discussion paper, Overcoming obesity: An initial economic…Continue reading: Non-communicable Diseases: New research on the emerging health crisis »