Need help with advocacy for eye health?

March 10th, 2017 posted by IAPB in Advocacy, Australia, Blog, Cambodia, Fiji, Health Systems, Samoa, Training, Universal Eye Health, Vietnam, WHO

Effective advocacy and efforts to secure the support of national governments and decision-makers is critical for Universal Eye Health. Advocacy is not a specialist art. All of us have the potential to become powerful advocates. Good advocacy requires clarity of purpose, cooperation, thorough preparation and creativity. There is not one way to do advocacy –…Continue reading: Need help with advocacy for eye health? »

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 »

Vale Kazuichi Konyama

June 27th, 2016 posted by IAPB in Blog, Japan, ophthalmology, Universal Eye Health, WHO, Workshops

Professor Kazuichi Konyama, a highly respected and distinguished ophthalmologist and teacher, passed away last week on 21 June 2016. He was 87. Prof Konyama began his medical career in the 1950s and trained in Thailand, Japan, the US. He was a passionate advocate for blindness prevention, for applying epidemiology and for quality in ophthalmology and patient…Continue reading: Vale Kazuichi Konyama »

Cataract Training Opportunity in China

May 17th, 2016 posted by IAPB in Blog, Cataract, China, Training, Universal Eye Health

AIER Eye Hospital, China’s largest ophthalmic institution, is hosting an international training workshop to improve cataract treatment for blindness prevention. The course will be delivered in Changsa, Hunan Province with instruction in English. The course will run for 20 days from 17 October until 5 November 2016. International workshops like these have been held in China since…Continue reading: Cataract Training Opportunity in China »

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 »

Palau: Tax on Tobacco and Alcohol to control NCDs

February 26th, 2016 posted by IAPB in Blog, Funding, Health Systems, NCDs, Universal Eye Health, WHO

The Republic of Palau, an island nation in the northern Pacific, has recently passed legislation to ensure 10 percent of alcohol and tobacco taxes are used to fund efforts to prevent non-communicable diseases (NCDs). The 4 main types of noncommunicable diseases are cardiovascular diseases (heart attacks and stroke), cancers, chronic respiratory diseases (including asthma) and…Continue reading: Palau: Tax on Tobacco and Alcohol to control NCDs »

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 »

New device to detect signs of blindness

January 25th, 2016 posted by IAPB in Blog, Diabetic Retinopathy, Innovation, ophthalmology, Optometry, Pacific Islands, Universal Eye Health

Solar powered, easy-to-use and pocket-sized, the Arclight is a tool to make out-reach or screening programs easier. Priced as low as £5 per unit, the Arclight performs as well as traditional devices.  After four years of informal trials in the Solomon Islands, Fiji, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Kenya, Malawi and Australia; plus a formal research assessment at the International Centre for Eye Health in London,…Continue reading: New device to detect signs of blindness »

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 »

Universal Health Coverage: Right, smart and overdue

December 12th, 2015 posted by IAPB in Advocacy, Blog, Funding, Health Systems, Innovation, Integration, NCDs, Negelcted Tropical Diseases (NTDs), SDGs, Universal Eye Health, WHO, World Bank

IAPB will join a coalition of more than 700 organizations in 116 countries to mark Universal Health Coverage Day on 12 December and urge leaders to deliver on promises to achieve universal health coverage. Health is a human right that reduces poverty, fuels economic growth and builds resilience to threats from disease outbreaks to climate change. Hundreds of…Continue reading: Universal Health Coverage: Right, smart and overdue »