The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness

The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) is an overarching alliance for the global eye care sector. Their 150+ members are drawn from NGOs and civil society, corporate organisations, professional bodies and research and eye care institutions.

They were founded in 1975 to lead international efforts in blindness prevention activities.

Their priorities are:

  • Advocacy: Advocating for eye health globally so it receives the attention and resources needed to achieve universal access to eye care;
  • Partnerships: Building coalitions and partnerships to mobilise action and generate change at a global and local level; and
  • Knowledge: Providing authoritative data and information on eye health enabling the sharing of knowledge and experience to promote the development of good policy and practice.

The IAPB publishes a number of resources, some of which are highlighted below. The IAPB maintains a comprehensive website, which can be accessed by clicking here.

IAPB Resource Highlights

Word report on vision: This report is the cornerstone of IAPB’s global advocacy strategy. It provides a critical moment to inform and persuade global leaders about the magnitude and unacceptability of unavoidable vision loss globally.

The World Report on Vision seeks to generate greater awareness and increased political will and investment to strengthen eye care globally. The report offers clear proposals to address significant challenges in delivering eye care through existing health systems. It builds on the concerted efforts of the past thirty years to propose an integrated, people-centred eye care that strengthens health systems and meets population needs.

IAPB Webinar Repository. IAPB Webinars are a great way for to learn, connect and grow with help from the IAPB community. Here you will find links to videos from webinars past, and also list information on the webinars lined up for the future. This page also includes links to Seeing is Believing webinars.

Talks Eye-Inspire: The Eye-Inspire series will bring you the inspiration and scientific stimuli that has propelled forward some of the brightest minds in eye health. The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) brings you a series of interviews – written, audio and video –speaking to individuals from the eye care sector, whose work continues to inspire us all. Using video and other media, IAPB will present one individual per episode. The individual will list 4-5 scientific papers that have most influenced them and their work, and explain how these key scientific milestones have pushed their careers – and as a consequence, the sector’s knowledge – ahead in innovative, new directions.