Mark #WHD with a big discount!

bedji after successful cataract surgery / Photo credit : Andras D. Hajdu

Bedji after successful cataract surgery / Photo credit : Andras D. Hajdu

UPDATE: On popular demand, the special discount offer has been extended for two more weeks–and now you can even pay by invoice in South African Rands!

To celebrate World Health Day, IAPB is delighted to announce a special discounted price of USD 260 (down from USD 300) for our African delegates. From 7 April 2016 onwards, eye care professionals working in the Africa region can quote the discount code: #StrongerTogether when they register and become eligible for the discount.

The discount will end on 21 April 2016 13 May 2016. So, hurry and register now!

Pay by Invoice (Offline)

After filling the online form, South African delegates can now choose to pay in US dollars using a credit card or pay offline by invoice in South African Rand. A detailed invoice with payment instructions will be available for download after you fill in the registration form. Remember, you will need to send in your payment within two weeks from the date of registration to confirm your registration.

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Diabetes and Eye health—CEHJ special issue


Writing in the latest edition of the Community Eye Health Journal (CEHJ), David Cavan, Director of Policy & Programmes at the International Diabetes Federation, draws attention to the implications of diabetes to eye health.

Delegates to the 10GA will be interested to note that he writes about the DR Barometer Project (which collated the experiences of 3,590 people with diabetes and 1,451 health professionals from 41 countries) and the insights it has to offer. You will have more opportunities to engage with this project at the 10GA—stay tuned.

How do we take the insights from the Barometer project and other such evidence to better handle DR and DME in a public health setting? What lessons can we learn from existing good practices?

Do make plans to attend our two courses on Diabetic Retinopathy–Part 1: Evidence-based Clinical and Public Health Care and Part 2: A Global Disease in Local Communities—to make the most of the event.

Do read up the latest issue of the Community Eye Health Journal to learn more on Diabetes and eye health.


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Press Release: Announcing another Programme Partner – CBM

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10GA Programme Partner: CBM

IAPB’s 10th General Assembly, the premier global event discussing public health issues related to blindness and visual impairment, is delighted to announce another Programme Partner – CBM.

As Programme Partner, CBM will be presenting a course on ‘Inclusive Eye Health’ as part of the 10GA Scientific Programme. Women and men, boys and girls with disability, including those with vision impairment, make up 15% of the world’s poorest and most marginalised—nearly 1 billion people. It is therefore essential that everyone working in eye health, including planners, providers, evaluators & funders, understand key steps they can take at their own level, to build inclusion for all people.

Working with its partners, CBM has been actively building and evaluating its practices in inclusive eye health, and seeking to develop and share these within the wider eye-health and disability sectors since 2009. Led by course conveners Babar Qureshi and David Lewis, the session on Inclusive Eye Health will bring together specialist speakers and present best practices and case studies from a variety of sources.

“With nearly one billion people with disabilities in the world, it is imperative that we work with them to improve their quality of life by overcoming barriers that cause exclusion” says Babar Qureshi, Global Advisor for Eye Health, CBM. “The objective of the course is that participants grow in knowledge and understanding of the key principles and practices which will ensure access to eye health for all people, and that patients with long term visual impairment access wider opportunities”.

10GA’s theme is “Stronger Together”. In 2016, IAPB will be showcasing one of the eye health sector’s remarkable success stories – our longstanding cross-sectoral partnerships. “We are delighted to that CBM is one of our Programme Partners”, said Joanna Conlon, Director of Development, IAPB. “CBM’s commitment and efforts to improve the quality of life of people with disabilities around the world are exemplary—we all have much to learn from them.”
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Notes to Editors:

About IAPB

The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) is the coordinating membership organisation leading international efforts in blindness prevention activities. IAPB’s mission is to eliminate the main causes of avoidable blindness and visual impairment by bringing together governments and non-governmental agencies to facilitate the planning, development and implementation of sustainable national eye care programmes. For more information, please visit: www.

About CBM

CBM is one of the leading international development agencies focused on people with disabilities. It supports the provision of services and the development of inclusion and empowerment for people with visual, hearing and physical impairment, and those with psycho-social disabilities in 63 poor and middle income countries. CBM seeks to alleviate poverty, assisting people with disabilities regardless of their nationality, ethnic group, gender, age or religion.
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The 10th General Assembly (10GA)

IAPB’s 10th General Assembly (10GA) is the premier global event discussing public health issues related to blindness and visual impairment. Catering to every eye health professional – ophthalmologists, optometrists, other eye health professionals, development and public health experts, key opinion leaders, procurement specialists, CEOs, eye care equipment manufacturers – 10GA will be the biggest event in the eye health calendar in 2016. With the theme “Stronger Together”, IAPB aims to underscore the key value it delivers to the eye care sector – building partnerships and ensuring that the entire sector speaks in one voice.
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Global Facts

• About 285 million people are visually impaired worldwide: 39 million are blind and 246 million have low vision (severe or moderate visual impairment)
• preventable causes are as high as 80% of the total global visual impairment burden
• About 90% of the world’s visually impaired people live in developing countries
• Globally, uncorrected refractive errors are the main cause of visual impairment
• Cataracts are the leading cause of blindness

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B V Tejah
Communications Manager, IAPB; +91 99496 97771


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