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? »

Fiji: Trachoma Action Plan

November 19th, 2014 posted by IAPB in Blog, Fiji, Negelcted Tropical Diseases (NTDs), Trachoma

IAPB facilitated a two-day workshop in November for stakeholders in Fiji to plan the national response to trachoma. Representatives from the World Health Organization, the Ministry of Health and Medical Services and several NGOs attended the workshop, which was part of the planning phase for a comprehensive intervention project to be funded by the Queen…Continue reading: Fiji: Trachoma Action Plan »

World Sight Day 2014

November 6th, 2014 posted by IAPB in Blog, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Global, Lao PDR, Mongolia, Philippines, Samoa, World Sight Day

World Sight Day took place on Thursday, 9 October 2014. Activities to mark World Sight Day are were held in countries across the Western Pacific. In Lao PDR, the National Ophthalmology Centre, together with the Fred Hollows Foundation and CBM, conducted free eye examinations, cataract surgeries and provide reading glasses for the elderly. Also among the…Continue reading: World Sight Day 2014 »

New Regional Update

September 9th, 2014 posted by IAPB in Australia, Blog, Cambodia, China, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Japan, Kitbati, Lao PDR, Mongolia, Pacific Islands, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Solomon Islands, Universal Eye Health, Vietnam

IAPB has released a new edition of the Regional Update for the Western Pacific, with refreshed data and updates on new developments from 2014. The Regional Update lists national statistics for eye health and includes country summaries. This year the Regional Update also includes an overview of challenges for implementation of Universal Eye Health: A Global Action…Continue reading: New Regional Update »

Pacific: Regional meeting on eye health

June 18th, 2014 posted by IAPB in Blog, Cataract, Diabetic Retinopathy, Fiji, Kitbati, Pacific Islands, Refractive errors, Solomon Islands, Trachoma, Universal Eye Health

More than 110 eye health experts from Pacific Island Countries are meeting this week for the annual Pacific Eye Care Society (PacEYES) Conference held this year in Lami, north-west of the Fijian capital, Suva. Fiji’s Health Minister, Dr Neil Sharma, told delegates at the Conference that cataract, refractive error and trachoma were three eye diseases of concern…Continue reading: Pacific: Regional meeting on eye health »

Pacific Islands: Postgraduate programs in eye care now open

March 13th, 2014 posted by IAPB in Blog, Cataract, Diabetic Retinopathy, Fiji, Kitbati, Pacific Islands, Refractive errors, Training, Universal Eye Health

The Pacific Eye Institute located in Suva, Fiji is the Pacific region’s leading training facility for eye health professionals. Postgraduate students are trained specifically to provide eye care in Pacific conditions. All course qualifications are awarded by the Fiji National University. Applications for the 2015 Postgraduate courses in Eye Care (for nurses and vision technicians)…Continue reading: Pacific Islands: Postgraduate programs in eye care now open »

Dr Mundi Qalo: Reaching out across the Pacific

January 9th, 2014 posted by IAPB in Blog, Cataract, Fiji, Funding, Kitbati, Pacific Islands

Meeting the eye health needs of people in the small island nations of the Pacific is no small feat. In a special podcast, you can listen to perspectives from Dr Mundi Qalo, an ophthalmologist who leads a team of doctors and nurses on surgical trips to remote parts of the Pacific. Dr Mundi is also a…Continue reading: Dr Mundi Qalo: Reaching out across the Pacific »

Diabetes in the Pacific: Early intervention can prevent or reduce vision loss

December 3rd, 2013 posted by IAPB in Blog, Diabetic Retinopathy, Fiji, Pacific Islands

Over 30% of the Fijian population has diabetes, and the disease is a growing problem throughout the Pacific. Dr Biu Sikivou is Associate Director of the Pacific Eye Institute in Suva, Fiji, and lead ophthalmologist of Fred Hollows Foundation NZ’s Diabetes Eye Programme. Dr Biu has been involved in work to screen people in the…Continue reading: Diabetes in the Pacific: Early intervention can prevent or reduce vision loss »

IAPB Pacific Co-Chair interviewed on Fiji TV

October 11th, 2013 posted by IAPB in Blog, Fiji, World Sight Day

Dr Mundi Qoqonokana, of the Pacific Eye Institute and IAPB Pacific Co-Chair was interviewed on Fiji One television in conjunction with World Sight Day. Dr Mundi discusses the importance of getting your eyes checked, as much of the vision impairment people suffer from is avoidable, preventable and treatable. Visit the Fiji TV website to view…Continue reading: IAPB Pacific Co-Chair interviewed on Fiji TV »

Diabetes in the Pacific on the rise: ABC Radio

October 10th, 2013 posted by IAPB in Blog, Diabetic Retinopathy, Fiji, Pacific Islands, World Sight Day

Coupled with the major problem of diabetes in the Pacific is the threat of blindness to people suffering diabetes. It’s called diabetic retinopathy and statistics released for World Sight Day show that 60 per cent of people with type two diabetes will go on to develop major eye problems. IAPB Pacific Secretariat Co-ordinator Dr Ana…Continue reading: Diabetes in the Pacific on the rise: ABC Radio »