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? »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Civil society organisations unite against NCDs

November 16th, 2015 posted by IAPB in Advocacy, Blog, Conferences & Events, Diabetic Retinopathy, Negelcted Tropical Diseases (NTDs), SDGs, Universal Eye Health, WHO

More than 200 civil society representatives from six continents adopted the “Sharjah Declaration on NCDs: Civil Society United Towards 2030″ yesterday, marking the end of the first-ever Global NCD Alliance Forum 2015, held in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates (UAE). Noncommunicable diseases (also known as NCDs or chronic diseases) include non-infectious conditions such as cardiovascular diseases (like…Continue reading: Civil society organisations unite against NCDs »

ASEAN doctors congress for eye health

October 31st, 2015 posted by IAPB in Blog, Cataract, Conferences & Events, Universal Eye Health, Vietnam, WHO, Workshops

“Ten countries, One Society, One Vision” – that summarises the position of the ASEAN Ophthalmology Society (AOS), a new union of the professional organisations for eye doctors from the 10 countries of South-East Asia. This week in Hanoi, the AOS will hold its second congress, with a three-day scientific program to look at key developments in ophthalmology and the…Continue reading: ASEAN doctors congress for eye health »

Regional Meeting: Escalating Action for Universal Eye Health

October 27th, 2015 posted by IAPB in Advocacy, AusAID, Blog, Conferences & Events, Health Systems, Universal Eye Health, WHO

More than 20 participants from health ministries and NGO partner organisations are meeting in Manila this week to discuss progress in implementing Towards Universal Eye Health: A Regional Action Plan 2014-19. The meeting has been convened by the World Health Organisation and is funded by Australian Aid. The meeting is the second event in the…Continue reading: Regional Meeting: Escalating Action for Universal Eye Health »