Universal Eye Health – providing promotive, preventive, curative and rehabilitative eye health services to those in need without financial hardship – has been the key theme animating the WHO’s blindness prevention work for the past few years. Arguably, achieving UEH is the WHO Global Action Plan’s key objective. Indeed, IAPB member organisations have embraced the values and ideas embodied in the concept of Universal Health Coverage in their work. This is also a crucial period for the future of development as a new global framework to replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), gain traction. 2016 will be a key year to take note of our progress against these overarching themes and frameworks impacting our work. As we work with our partners in international development, other blindness prevention organisations and bodies working for the benefit of those who are irreversibly blind, the eye health sector needs an opportunity to meet, discuss, exchange notes and calibrate efforts.

IAPB’s 10th General Assembly (10GA) is that opportunity. 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. Over 27-30 October 2016, an expected 1600 delegates will have access to an exceptional opportunity for learning and information exchange. IAPB members will have opportunities to showcase good practices and clear solutions, and to network with other organisations in the sector. The international development sector will get to see and work with one of its remarkable success stories – eye health’s longstanding cross-sectoral partnerships.

Our hosts in Durban, South Africa will be the Brien Holden Vision Institute and their energetic and creative team there. The multi-award winning Durban International Convention Centre, which is one of Africa’s leading conference centres, will be the venue.

See you in Durban!