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 »

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 »

Kiribati: New equipment to improve eye health

January 15th, 2016 posted by IAPB in Blog, Kiribati, NCDs, Negelcted Tropical Diseases (NTDs), ophthalmology, Pacific Islands, Refractive errors, Trachoma, Universal Eye Health, WHO

Essential equipment and instruments to improve eye health services in Kiribati were donated to Tungaru Central Hospital in
 Tarawa in early January, in an initiative supported by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) and Australian Aid. A slit-lamp, a‐scan, autorefractor, theatre
stools, surgical trolleys, a 
sterilizer and a vitrector are now available for use at…Continue reading: Kiribati: New equipment to improve eye health »

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 »

World Ophthalmology Congress: program now online

October 29th, 2015 posted by IAPB in Blog, Cataract, Conferences & Events, Diabetic Retinopathy, Global, Innovation, NCDs, Negelcted Tropical Diseases (NTDs), ophthalmology, Refractive errors

The Scientific Program for the 2016 World Ophthalmology Congress (WOC) in Guadalajara, Mexico, is now online. More than 330 scientific sessions have been organized, and over 3,000 ophthalmologists, subspecialists, and medical professionals will be presenting at the Congress, a dynamic educational event that covers more than 25 specialties and related topics. As rapidly advancing investigations may include…Continue reading: World Ophthalmology Congress: program now online »

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 »

Professor Brien Holden

July 28th, 2015 posted by IAPB in Australia, Blog, Refractive errors, Universal Eye Health

Late on Monday 27th July, VISION 2020: The Right to Sight lost a champion. So has IAPB and eye health care not only in the Western Pacific Region, but globally. Brien’s influence extended far beyond his initial love of contact lens practice and research and encompassed the greater inequities of uncorrected refractive error and the development…Continue reading: Professor Brien Holden »

Vision for everyone, everywhere

July 28th, 2015 posted by IAPB in Advocacy, Australia, Blog, China, Refractive errors, Research, Universal Eye Health

Global leader in eye care and vision research, internationally renowned and awarded scientist and humanitarian, Professor Brien Holden OAM passed away suddenly on 27 July in Sydney. Prof Holden was a leading advocate for optometry and the correction of refractive error. He was CEO of Brien Holden Vision Institute (a member of IAPB) and a…Continue reading: Vision for everyone, everywhere »

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 »