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 »

World Sight Day Celebrated in Philippines

October 19th, 2015 posted by IAPB in Advocacy, Blog, Philippines, World Sight Day

World Sight Day 2015 was celebrated by the Philippines National Committee for Sight Preservation in collaboration with the Department of Health in a celebratory advocacy event at the San Antonio District Hospital in Nueva Ecija. The program started with one of the highlights of the event – a ribbon-cutting ceremony of the eye unit of…Continue reading: World Sight Day Celebrated in Philippines »

Manila Sight Summit: Increasing Access to Eye Care Services

August 15th, 2015 posted by IAPB in Blog, Cataract, Philippines, Refractive errors, Universal Eye Health, WHO, Workshops

At the highest level, the government of the Philippines is committed to achieving universal access to health care for all Filipinos, and in eye health the Department of Health is leading a 5-year Prevention of Blindness Program to reduce the prevalence of blindness and strengthen government eye health services in hospitals, and in primary health facilities.…Continue reading: Manila Sight Summit: Increasing Access to Eye Care Services »

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 »

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 »

New Regional Update

September 9th, 2014 posted by IAPB in Australia, Blog, Cambodia, China, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Japan, Kitbati, Lao PDR, Mongolia, Pacific Islands, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Solomon Islands, Universal Eye Health, Vietnam

IAPB has released a new edition of the Regional Update for the Western Pacific, with refreshed data and updates on new developments from 2014. The Regional Update lists national statistics for eye health and includes country summaries. This year the Regional Update also includes an overview of challenges for implementation of Universal Eye Health: A Global Action…Continue reading: New Regional Update »

Sight Saving Month Kicks Off in the Philippines

August 14th, 2014 posted by IAPB in Blog, Philippines, Refractive errors, Universal Eye Health

Sight Saving Month is an annual celebration in August aimed at strengthening public awareness of the importance of proper eye care and the prevention of blindness and eye diseases. The initiative is led by the Department of Health. This year’s kick off activity at the Cecilio Apostol Elementary School involved vision screening of elementary pupils…Continue reading: Sight Saving Month Kicks Off in the Philippines »

Ophthalmic equipment donated to clinic in the Philippines

August 4th, 2014 posted by IAPB in Blog, Philippines

The Eastern Visayas Society of Ophthalmology (EVSO) has received donated ophthalmic equipment. The equipment is for a group of eye doctors who set up a clinic at the Remedios T. Romualdez Hospital in Tacloban City, the Philippines. Included in the equipment were an ophthalmometer, a motorised refracting chair and chart projector. The donation of ophthalmic equipment…Continue reading: Ophthalmic equipment donated to clinic in the Philippines »

Micronesia: Ophthalmic Equipment Installed at Pohnpei Hospital

May 9th, 2014 posted by IAPB in Blog, Federated States of Micronesia, Philippines

IAPB travelled to Pohnpei in the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) in late April as part of a visit arranged with the SightFirst Eye Care Development Program Lions Multiple District 301-D2 in the Philippines. The main purpose of the visit was to install new ophthalmic equipment at Pohnpei State Hospital and provide orientation and training…Continue reading: Micronesia: Ophthalmic Equipment Installed at Pohnpei Hospital »

World Sight Day in Manila

November 6th, 2013 posted by IAPB in Blog, Conferences & Events, Philippines, World Sight Day

World Sight Day activities in the Manila were planned by the IAPB Philippines Secretariat in collaboration with the Department of Health (DOH). The main event was held at the East Avenue Medical Center where the DOH Eye Center is located, the national tertiary eye referral center under the Department of Health. DOH Assistant Secretary Eric…Continue reading: World Sight Day in Manila »