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 »

Developing eye research capacity in China

May 19th, 2016 posted by IAPB in Australia, Blog, China, Health Systems, Research

A new project to accelerate research development in China led by the Centre for Eye Research Australia (CERA) kicked off last month in Guangzhou, China. Known as the Australia-China Research Accelerator (ACRA), the program aims to standardise a data collection system and train Chinese hospital staff to conduct clinical research and collect data. This will…Continue reading: Developing eye research capacity in China »

How to write papers that get published

February 19th, 2016 posted by IAPB in Blog, Research, Training, Videos, Workshops

Want to develop your research skills? Research to Publication is an eLearning programme for early career academics in healthcare research brought to you by BMJ in collaboration with UCSF. The programme includes two free modules, and others available by subscription. Visit the site to check out the modules: https://rtop.bmj.com/ This programme offers a comprehensive set of…Continue reading: How to write papers that get published »

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 »

Universal Health Coverage: 400 million missing out on essential services

June 15th, 2015 posted by IAPB in Blog, Cataract, Diabetes, Japan, Research, Universal Eye Health, WHO, World Bank

New data released by the World Health Organization and the World Bank shows 400 million people globally do not have access to essential health services and 6% of people in low- and middle-income countries are tipped into or pushed further into extreme poverty because of health spending. The report, Tracking Universal Health Coverage, (click link to…Continue reading: Universal Health Coverage: 400 million missing out on essential services »

Global survey on diabetic eye disease

February 2nd, 2015 posted by IAPB in Blog, Diabetes, Diabetic Retinopathy, Global, Health Systems, Japan, Research

The International Federation on Ageing (IFA), the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and IAPB, working in collaboration with the New York Academy of Medicine (NYAM) are collecting evidence on knowledge, policies, standards of care, and supportive services for Diabetic Retinopathy and Diabetic Macular Edema across 42 countries. If you have first-hand experience of diabetic eye disease, take the survey on the IAPB…Continue reading: Global survey on diabetic eye disease »

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 »

Non-communicable Diseases: New research on the emerging health crisis

December 7th, 2014 posted by IAPB in Advocacy, Blog, Cataract, Diabetic Retinopathy, Funding, Global, Health Systems, NCDs, Research

Obesity is responsible for about 5 per cent of all deaths a year worldwide and increases risks linked to diabetes. If the prevalence of obesity continues on its current trajectory, almost half of the world’s adult population will be overweight or obese by 2030. A new McKinsey Global Institute (MGI) discussion paper, Overcoming obesity: An initial economic…Continue reading: Non-communicable Diseases: New research on the emerging health crisis »

RANZCO Annual Scientific Congress 2014

December 2nd, 2014 posted by IAPB in Australia, Blog, Cataract, Conferences & Events, Diabetic Retinopathy, Glaucoma, Research, Universal Eye Health, Workshops

From 22-26 November, Brisbane hosted the 46th RANZCO Annual Scientific Congress. The Congress provided an excellent opportunity to learn of new developments, new research and updated data in global ophthalmology and specific ocular conditions. The positive impact of the Vision 2020 Global Initiative was recognised by the Congress and the recent Global Burden of Diseases reports, where…Continue reading: RANZCO Annual Scientific Congress 2014 »

Mongolia: Prevalence of blindness survey

November 12th, 2014 posted by IAPB in Blog, Cataract, Mongolia, Refractive errors, Research

A Rapid Assessment of Avoidable Blindness (RAAB) survey was conducted in Mongolia from October 2012 to November 2013. The survey included 4,040 people aged 50 years and older, of whom 4,029 were actually examined. Among the important conclusions made by the survey: Untreated cataract and uncorrected refractive errors are the major causes of avoidable blindness and low…Continue reading: Mongolia: Prevalence of blindness survey »