International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness

International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness
Founded: 1975

To eliminate the main causes of avoidable blindness and visual impairment by bringing together governments and nongovernmental organizations around the planning, development, and implementation of sustainable national eye care programs.

About the Organization:
Established to lead and coordinate international efforts in blindness prevention, the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness is an alliance of more than a hundred civil society organizations, corporations, and professional associations working to promote eye health through advocacy, knowledge sharing, and partnerships. IAPB helped establish a World Health Organization program for prevention of blindness, which is now embodied in VISION 2020: The Right to Sight, a global initiative launched by the World Health Organization and various partners with the goal of eliminating avoidable blindness by the year 2020.

Current Programs:
Aligned with the WHO Global Action Plan 2014-2019, IAPB's Goal 2013-2017 includes a 25 percent reduction by 2019 in the prevalence of avoidable visual impairment, including among the most marginalized populations. To that end, the organization's advocacy efforts are focused on promoting policy change and planning in support of eye health programs and securing the resources to implement blindness prevention plans. In addition to Vision 2020, IAPB leads a variety of global eye health initiatives, including World Sight Day and the Vision Alliance, an initiative of the International Council for Education of People with Visual Impairment and the World Blind Union; the Standard List, the world's leading procurement platform for eye health services in developing countries; and Optometry Giving Sight, a charity created by the World Optometry Foundation and the International Centre for Eyecare Education (now the Brien Holden Vision Institute).

Members of the alliance benefit from access to global forums and institutions such as the World Health Assembly, the UN Economic and Social Council, and the World Bank; work collaboratively through issue-oriented work groups; and have expanded opportunities for cross-sector partnerships. In partnership with the Thomson Reuters Foundation's TrustLaw Connect program, IAPB also offers members access to pro bono legal assistance.

Web Site:
Visitors to the site can learn about avoidable blindness, browse document or video libraries, keep abreast of the latest developments with the help of organization's blog, check the noticeboard for news and questions from member organizations, and/or explore Global Vision Database Maps, which illustrate the prevalence of blindness and visual impairment by gender, country and region, and year (1995-2010).

IAPB is supported by its members and partner organizations.

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Keppel Street
London, United Kingdom WC1E 7HT
Phone: +44 (0) 207 958 8394

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