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 »

Forum: Eye Health for Women and Girls

November 22nd, 2015 posted by IAPB in Advocacy, Blog, Gender, Health Systems, Integration, Workshops

Almost two-thirds of the world’s blind are women and girls. How can we put women and girls at the centre of work against avoidable blindness?  On 17-18 November 2015, IAPB and the Fred Hollows Foundation convened a Regional Learning Forum to look at Eye Health for Women and Girls in Phnom Penh. The forum aimed to: Increase…Continue reading: Forum: Eye Health for Women and Girls »

Australia: Health for Development Strategy 2015-20

June 15th, 2015 posted by IAPB in AusAID, Australia, Blog, Diabetes, Funding, Gender, Health Systems, Integration, NCDs, Negelcted Tropical Diseases (NTDs), Pacific Islands

Strengthening regional preparedness for emerging health threats and building country-level health systems that are responsive to people’s needs are the two focus areas for the Australian Aid program’s new health strategy, released this week in Canberra. The strategy recognises health as a foundation for human development, economic growth and poverty reduction and identifies improved access to clean…Continue reading: Australia: Health for Development Strategy 2015-20 »

68th World Health Assembly: a quick summary

May 29th, 2015 posted by IAPB in Blog, Funding, Gender, Global, Health Systems, NCDs, Negelcted Tropical Diseases (NTDs), Universal Eye Health, WHO

The 68th World Health Assembly met in Geneva in May. The primary theme of this year’s Assembly was Resilient Health Systems. The opening remarks of the Director-General, Dr Margaret Chan, outlined new initiatives to respond to emergenices such as Ebola and the earthquake in Nepal, as well as the inclusion of Universal Health Care and…Continue reading: 68th World Health Assembly: a quick summary »

International Day of Disability

December 3rd, 2014 posted by IAPB in Advocacy, Blog, Disability, Gender, Global

Today marks International Day of People with Disability, a day sanctioned by the United Nations to promote an understanding of people with disability and encourage support for their dignity, rights and well-being. Visual impairment is a very common form of disability that can often be prevented, or managed more effectively with low vision aids. Many of…Continue reading: International Day of Disability »

Gender: Workshop in PNG

March 12th, 2014 posted by IAPB in Blog, Gender, Papua New Guinea, Universal Eye Health, Workshops

On 11 March, more than 30 ophthalmic clinicians and eye care workers from Papua New Guinea took part in a workshop to look at gender sensitive eye care delivery. Participants looked at the concepts of “sex and gender” and “gender equality and gender equity” and discussed ways to relate these concepts to their daily work.…Continue reading: Gender: Workshop in PNG »

Research finds the prevalence of blindness is falling

November 29th, 2013 posted by IAPB in Blog, Cataract, Diabetic Retinopathy, Gender, Refractive errors, Research, Trachoma

New data on the global prevalence of blindness has recently been published in the Ophthalmology journal and The Lancet. The research found that the global age-standardised prevalence of blindness has decreased significantly over past 20 years with great differences between regions of the world. Cataract remains the most significant cause of blindness. However, the proportions…Continue reading: Research finds the prevalence of blindness is falling »

Guidelines for Eye Health Committees

November 27th, 2013 posted by IAPB in Blog, Disability, Funding, Gender, Universal Eye Health

National Eye Health Committees can be a great mechanism to coordinate work to prevent blindness and advocate for more resources. But who should be represented on Committees? And how should they operate? IAPB’s Western Pacific Regional Office has produced a document ‘Guidelines for Eye Health Committees‘ as a guide for good practice. The guidelines are designed…Continue reading: Guidelines for Eye Health Committees »