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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Trachoma: Third progress report on NTDs finds good progress

June 25th, 2015 posted by IAPB in Advocacy, Blog, Cambodia, China, Funding, Health Systems, Integration, Kiribati, Lao PDR, Negelcted Tropical Diseases (NTDs), Trachoma, WHO

The third global progress report of the London Declaration on NTDs was released today, with partnerships and increased domestic investments and ownership being lauded as key to controlling neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). Trachoma is considered a neglected tropical disease and in the Western Pacific, partners have been involved in surveys and mapping of trachoma in…Continue reading: Trachoma: Third progress report on NTDs finds good progress »

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 »