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 »

Financing for eye health: country guides

June 27th, 2016 posted by IAPB in Advocacy, Blog, Cambodia, financing, Funding, health insurance, Health Systems, Lao PDR, Philippines, Refractive errors, Vietnam

How should we ensure scarce resources in health are allocated fairly and efficiently? How should we price goods and services to maximise access and cover costs? How should we structure insurance systems to reduce out-of-pocket expenditure? These questions (and many others) are critical to financing for eye health. In 2015, IAPB and the Fred Hollows Foundation conducted country…Continue reading: Financing for eye health: country guides »

Our strategy for 2016-2020

February 29th, 2016 posted by IAPB in Blog, Funding, Health Systems, Integration

A new strategy to guide the work of IAPB in the Western Pacific has been developed following consultation with members. Working closely with members, governments and other partners across the Western Pacific, the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) aims to achieve universal access to eye health by: Advocating for leadership, resources and…Continue reading: Our strategy for 2016-2020 »

Palau: Tax on Tobacco and Alcohol to control NCDs

February 26th, 2016 posted by IAPB in Blog, Funding, Health Systems, NCDs, Universal Eye Health, WHO

The Republic of Palau, an island nation in the northern Pacific, has recently passed legislation to ensure 10 percent of alcohol and tobacco taxes are used to fund efforts to prevent non-communicable diseases (NCDs). The 4 main types of noncommunicable diseases are cardiovascular diseases (heart attacks and stroke), cancers, chronic respiratory diseases (including asthma) and…Continue reading: Palau: Tax on Tobacco and Alcohol to control NCDs »

Universal Health Coverage: Right, smart and overdue

December 12th, 2015 posted by IAPB in Advocacy, Blog, Funding, Health Systems, Innovation, Integration, NCDs, Negelcted Tropical Diseases (NTDs), SDGs, Universal Eye Health, WHO, World Bank

IAPB will join a coalition of more than 700 organizations in 116 countries to mark Universal Health Coverage Day on 12 December and urge leaders to deliver on promises to achieve universal health coverage. Health is a human right that reduces poverty, fuels economic growth and builds resilience to threats from disease outbreaks to climate change. Hundreds of…Continue reading: Universal Health Coverage: Right, smart and overdue »

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 »

NZ Aide Pacific Island Countries Participation Fund – applications open

December 11th, 2015 posted by IAPB in Blog, Conferences & Events, Funding, New Zealand, Pacific Islands

The New Zealand Aide Programme is now taking applications to their Pacific Island Countries (PIC) Participation Fund. The objective of the PIC Fund is to increase the number of Pacific Islanders attending regional and international conferences or events relevant to their countries’ development. The Fund supports people to attend conferences to strengthen the ownership of…Continue reading: NZ Aide Pacific Island Countries Participation Fund – applications open »

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 »

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 »