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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

NCDs: a priority for sustainable human development

September 18th, 2015 posted by IAPB in Advocacy, Blog, Funding, Global, Health Systems, NCDs, WHO, World Bank

Following years of work to build political consensus, and dedicated advocacy by civil society, non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are firmly featured as a universal priority that must be addressed to realise sustainable human development. The global advocacy network, NCD Alliance, has prepared material to promote a greater emphasis on NCDs at the 70th UN General Assembly, taking…Continue reading: NCDs: a priority for sustainable human development »

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 »

Data collection: Commitment to accountability for results in health

June 12th, 2015 posted by IAPB in Advocacy, Blog, Funding, Global, Health Systems, WHO, World Bank

The US Agency for International Development (USAID), the World Bank, World Health Organization (WHO), and countries and partners met in June for a high-level summit in Washington DC on  Measurement and Accountability for Results in Health. Among other things, the meeting endorsed two important documents. Roadmap for Health Measurement and Accountability (external link), which outlines smart investments…Continue reading: Data collection: Commitment to accountability for results in health »

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 »