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? »

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 »

Developing eye research capacity in China

May 19th, 2016 posted by IAPB in Australia, Blog, China, Health Systems, Research

A new project to accelerate research development in China led by the Centre for Eye Research Australia (CERA) kicked off last month in Guangzhou, China. Known as the Australia-China Research Accelerator (ACRA), the program aims to standardise a data collection system and train Chinese hospital staff to conduct clinical research and collect data. This will…Continue reading: Developing eye research capacity in China »

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 »

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 »

Permanent eye program launches in Micronesia

January 20th, 2016 posted by IAPB in Blog, Federated States of Micronesia, Health Systems, Integration, Pacific Islands

The Federated States of Micronesia (also known as FSM or Micronesia) now has its own resident ophthalmologist, Dr Padwick Gallen, who has returned to the Pohnpei State Hospital after completing training at Pacific Eye Institute in Fiji. Micronesia is an island nation in the northern Pacific with a population of around 100,000 people. Pacific Eye Institute,…Continue reading: Permanent eye program launches in Micronesia »