Press Release – 10GA: One month to go

9GA delegates with the World Sight Day blindfold ribbon

The 10th General Assembly, the premier global event discussing clinical and public health issues related to blindness and vision impairment, will begin on 27 October 2016.

Immediate Release: The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB), with our local partners the Brien Holden Vision Institute, is delighted to welcome all eye care professionals to Durban, South Africa in October 2016.

Beginning with a series of pre-meetings, the last four days of October 2016 will witness a confluence of nearly 1200 eye care professionals from around the world in Durban. The Opening Ceremony is scheduled to be headlined by a long-term supporter of eye care in the continent, ‘Her Excellency Dr Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’, the President of Liberia and Nobel laureate, along with other dignitaries from the South African government.

Over three days of symposia, courses and plenaries, 10GA will have over 200 renowned speakers covering every aspect of eye care and public policy. Breakfast sessions in the morning, ‘Pavilion’ sessions during the breaks and social events in the evening will ensure that 10GA delivers value and is a useful networking opportunity for all our delegates. IAPB General Assemblies are always great opportunities to foster ideas, swap success stories and find solutions.

IAPB would like to thank all our exhibitors and supporters who are helping us bring this event to you. The 10GA would not have been possible without the generous support of our Programme Partners: the Brien Holden Vision Institute, CBM, Mectizan Donation Program and Orbis.  IAPB would also like to thank our 10GA ‘Eye Health Partners’: Bayer, Helen Keller International, the International Council of Ophthalmology (ICO), Lion Clubs International Foundation, L’OCCITANE Foundation, Seeing is Believing/Standard Chartered Bank, Seva and Vision Impact Institute. .

10GA’s theme is “Stronger Together”. IAPB exists to foster cross-sectoral collaborations within the eye health sector—and the 10GA is a great example

“I am looking forward to welcoming all of you in Durban”, said Peter Ackland, CEO, IAPB. “The 10GA is a great opportunity for us to come together and work on a better future”. “Our theme for the GA is ‘Stronger Together’ and we (at IAPB) are very excited to bring together strong voices in the eye care sector, to build partnerships and to provide a programme that fosters learning and information exchange.”

“The 10GA will be the culmination of months of preparation and planning”, said Joanna Conlon, Director of Communications and Development, IAPB. “We have worked hard to bring this event together—and I would like to particularly thank all our sponsors for helping us make this happen.” “We are very excited to be holding the GA in the African continent after 25 years. Together with our partners in the South African government, civil society and eye care networks, we believe the 10GA will be unforgettable. See you soon!”

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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: http://www.

10GA Programme Partners

Brien Holden Vision Institute

We believe sight is a fundamental right for all humans. Our mission is to create and deliver effective and innovative solutions for vision care and blindness prevention for all. Our passion for science and innovation is driven by the pursuit of knowledge and compassion for all humanity. We achieve through collaboration.


Orbis brings the world together to fight blindness as no one should go blind from conditions that are treatable, curable or preventable. For over 30 years Orbis has helped developing nations build the skills, knowledge and resources they need to prevent blindness and provide eye care for all their people.


CBM is an international Christian development organisation committed to improving the quality of life of people with disabilities in the poorest communities of the world. CBM addresses poverty as a cause and a consequence of disability, and works in partnership to create an inclusive society for all.

Mectizan Donation Program (MDP)

Established 25 years ago, the Mectizan Donation Program (MDP) is the longest-running, disease-specific, drug donation program and public/private partnership of its kind. To date, approximately 2.32 billion treatments have been approved for oncho and LF. MDP’s success is largely due to the partnerships that have evolved in support of both disease elimination initiatives.

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 cause 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

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