Vietnam: Cataract blindness still a major health problem

December 21st, 2016 posted by IAPB in Blog, Cataract, Low Vision, Research, Universal Eye Health, Vietnam, WHO

A Rapid Assessment of Avoidable Blindness (RAAB) survey conducted in Vietnam has found the prevalence of cataract blindness in people aged over 50 years has reduced since the first survey in 2000 and the number of surgeries has increased significantly. Download the English version of the final report. While the reduction in prevalence is good…Continue reading: Vietnam: Cataract blindness still a major health problem »

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 »

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 »

Australia: New strategy for disability in development

May 25th, 2015 posted by IAPB in AusAID, Australia, Australia, Blog, Disability, Global, Integration, Low Vision, Universal Eye Health

Australia’s Foreign Minister today launched the aid program’s new strategy to strengthen the inclusion of people with disabilities in developing countries. The strategy recognises that everyone is affected if the most disadvantaged people are left behind, and acknowledges that people with disabilities make up one of the largest and most disadvantaged minorities in the world. Through the…Continue reading: Australia: New strategy for disability in development »

Samoa: Optometrist awarded for leadership

January 14th, 2015 posted by IAPB in Blog, Low Vision, Optometry, Pacific Islands, Samoa

Erna Takazawa, an optometrist in Samoa, has been honoured by the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust for leadership. The Trust is a member of IAPB and is also supporting work to eliminate blinding trachoma and improve management of diabetes in countries across the Commonwealth. Erna Takazawa, 26, is one of 60 young people from across the Commonwealth…Continue reading: Samoa: Optometrist awarded for leadership »

Low Vision: New resource developed for Africa

November 26th, 2014 posted by IAPB in Blog, Low Vision

A manual outlining models of clinical low vision services, ways to link with educational services, and service planning and monitoring has been developed especially for the Africa region. Low vision is often defined as an irreversible loss of vision that impedes an individual’s ability to learn or perform some or all of their usual and age-appropriate…Continue reading: Low Vision: New resource developed for Africa »