LSHTM: The Missing Billion: Access to health services for 1 billion people with disabilities

9 July 2019

The global health community has set overarching, ambitious goals for 2030: The United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal 3 (SDG 3), to “ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.” The World Health Organization’s “triple billion” targets—one billion more people benefitting from universal health care (UHC); one billion more people better protected from health emergencies; and one billion

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IAPB: The 72nd World Health Assembly – A decisive moment for the WHO, UHC and Eye Health

7 June 2019
Source: IAPB

Report: Jessica Crofts-Lawrence, Head of Policy and Advocacy, IAPB. The World Health Assembly (WHA) is an annual gathering of all the world’s health ministers and a key opportunity for advocates to be seen and heard on their respective health issues. This year, the theme of the WHA was “Health for All” and as such there was a strong focus on

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IAPB: Ophthalmic Nurses Prepare for 2020

13 May 2019
Source: IAPB

The World Health Organization (WHO) and International Council of Nurses announce that 2020 is the year of the Nurse and Midwife. This is to honour the 200th birth anniversary of Florence Nightingale, and timed to launch the WHO State of the World Report on nurses and midwifes. The IAPB community have embraced this opportunity by preparing several new initiatives to

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Zeiss: The Global Vision Crisis

11 October 2018
Source: Zeiss

The global vision crisis is one of the world’s most pressing health issues with around 2.5 billion people having no access to an optician or ophthalmologist. Those living with impaired vision suffer consequences that effect their work, education and quality of life. While there are initiatives to fight avoidable blindness – like the ZEISS supported World Health Organizations Vision 2020

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Today is World Sight Day

11 October 2018
Source: VISION 2020/IAPB

This year, the ‘Call to Action’ is #EyeCareEverywhere, let us draw attention to eye care issues so that everyone, everywhere has access to good eye health. What’s the first thing you can do? Plan for an eye examination.Look around in your family, especially for those who are vulnerable: young, school-going children, the elderly, those with diabetes. Download the WSD17 Activities

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IAPB: The Future Of Eye Care In A Changing World–Call For Papers

3 November 2017
Source: IAPB/VISION 2020

The Bulletin of the World Health Organization has recently released a call for papers for a special theme issue on vision, and we want to make sure that everyone knows about it. The Bulletin is one of the world’s leading public health journals. It is a monthly, peer-reviewed journal with a focus on developing countries. For the full story please click HERE

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WHO report: The impact of Myopia and High Myopia

31 October 2016
Source: WHO, Brien Holden Vision Institute

Report of the Joint World Health Organization–Brien Holden Vision Institute Global Scientific Meeting on Myopia University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia 16–18 March 2015 The prevalence of myopia and high myopia is increasing globally at an alarming rate, with significant increases in the risks for vision impairment from pathological conditions associated with high myopia, including retinal damage, cataract and

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Guardian: Cheap blindness drug should be made widely available, says WHO

1 June 2016
Source: Guardian

World Health Organisation rejects expensive licensed drug Lucentis to be added to list for all countries in favour of much cheaper Avastin, not yet available in UK. All countries should make available a cheap, unlicensed drug to prevent blindness in older people – one in preference to the expensive licensed version promoted by pharmaceutical companies, a World Health Organisation committee

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World Health Day 2016: WHO calls for global action to halt rise in and improve care for people with diabetes

7 April 2016
Source: World Health organisation

First WHO Global report on diabetes: 422 million adults live with diabetes, mainly in developing countries   The number of people living with diabetes has almost quadrupled since 1980 to 422 million adults, with most living in developing countries. Factors driving this dramatic rise include overweight and obesity, WHO announced ahead of World Health Day. WHO is marking its annual

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WHO top 50 technologies: Take Survey

10 February 2016
Source: WHO, IAPB, VISION 2020

The WHO has launched a survey on the top 50 technologies people need worldwide to improve their lives. The World Health Organization has launched a survey to identify the 50 top technologies people need worldwide to improve their lives. The survey will use the information gathered to build the WHO Priority Assistive Products List (APL). The tool will set the standard for the

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