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 »

RANZCO: Scholarships for the 48th Congress

May 9th, 2016 posted by IAPB in Blog, Cambodia, Conferences & Events, Lao PDR, ophthalmology, Papua New Guinea, Universal Eye Health

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists will host its 48th Annual Congress in Melbourne from 19-23 November, with a program centred on the theme: where innovation and culture meet. RANZCO’s Annual Scientific Congresses bring together ophthalmologists from across Australia and overseas to share and discuss the latest innovations, techniques and advances in eye…Continue reading: RANZCO: Scholarships for the 48th Congress »

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 »

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 »

Universal Eye Health: Meeting report released

June 16th, 2015 posted by IAPB in Blog, Cambodia, China, Federated States of Micronesia, Funding, Health Systems, Japan, Kiribati, Lao PDR, Low Vision, Mongolia, Negelcted Tropical Diseases (NTDs), Pacific Islands, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Refractive errors, Samoa, Universal Eye Health, WHO, Workshops

In November 2014, the World Health Organisation hosted a Regional Meeting on Implementing ‘Towards Universal Eye Health: A Regional Action Plan (2014–2019)’ (PDF) in Manila. The meeting sought to: discuss the country situation, priorities and challenges in implementing national action plans for eye health identify actions and requirements for monitoring and using national indicators for prevention of avoidable…Continue reading: Universal Eye Health: Meeting report released »

Global progress on ending blinding trachoma

February 11th, 2015 posted by IAPB in Advocacy, Blog, Funding, Lao PDR, Negelcted Tropical Diseases (NTDs), Solomon Islands, Trachoma, Universal Eye Health, Water

Trachoma, one of the oldest infectious eye diseases, is the world’s leading cause of preventable blindness. Repeated infections of the conjunctivae with Chlamydia trachomatis can lead to trichiasis, corneal opacity and blindness. Many IAPB members globally are working to eliminate blinding trachoma and are scaling up efforts to end blinding trachoma by 2020 as part of the…Continue reading: Global progress on ending blinding trachoma »

Lao PDR: Annual Conference on eye health

January 29th, 2015 posted by IAPB in Advocacy, Blog, Funding, Health Systems, Lao PDR, Research, Universal Eye Health, Workshops

Ophthalmologists and ophthalmic nurses from Lao PDR met in Vientiane this week to enhance clinical knowledge and learn about program developments across the country. The 3-day meeting is being held at the National Ophthalmology Centre (NOC) from 26 to 28 January with participants from the Ministry of Health and NGOs also taking part. The conference included a presentation…Continue reading: Lao PDR: Annual Conference on eye health »

Regional Meeting: Countries work towards Universal Eye Health

November 17th, 2014 posted by IAPB in Blog, Cataract, Conferences & Events, Diabetic Retinopathy, Federated States of Micronesia, Funding, Kiribati, Lao PDR, Mongolia, NCDs, Refractive errors, Universal Eye Health, Vanuatu, Vietnam, WHO

A clear and agreed plan of action is a good first step, but the tough work begins with implementation. That sums up the predicament for eye health leaders across the Western Pacific, who travelled to Manila early in November for a three-day meeting on implementation of Towards Universal Eye Health: A Regional Action Plan 2014-19…Continue reading: Regional Meeting: Countries work towards Universal Eye Health »

World Sight Day 2014

November 6th, 2014 posted by IAPB in Blog, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Global, Lao PDR, Mongolia, Philippines, Samoa, World Sight Day

World Sight Day took place on Thursday, 9 October 2014. Activities to mark World Sight Day are were held in countries across the Western Pacific. In Lao PDR, the National Ophthalmology Centre, together with the Fred Hollows Foundation and CBM, conducted free eye examinations, cataract surgeries and provide reading glasses for the elderly. Also among the…Continue reading: World Sight Day 2014 »