International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB)
The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) was established in 1975 as a coordinating, umbrella organisation to lead international efforts in blindness prevention activities. Its first major achievement was to promote the establishment of a World Health Organisation (WHO) Program for Prevention of Blindness which is now embodied in the global initiative, VISION 2020: The Right to Sight. IAPB represents over 100 NGOs, eye care professional organizations, and corporate committed to the elimination of avoidable blindness and enjoys a formal partnership relationship with the WHO.
IAPB members are directly involved in the delivery of eye care services across the globe, with a particular emphasis on building capacity, including human resource development, in low income countries. The IAPB Executive works closely with WHO to advocate the need for up scaling efforts to address avoidable blindness in the context of strengthening health services.
Links to the health workforce crisis
An integral priority of the Global Action Plan (GAP) for the prevention of avoidable blindness (approved as Resolution WHA62.1 by the World Health Assembly in April 2009) is the need to address the acute shortage of eye care workers, particularly in rural areas where lack of infrastructure limits access to services. IAPB runs its own capacity building workshops.