Author Archives: Hugh Bassett

United Nations Resolution Passes First Resolution to Tackle Preventable Sight Loss

The International Centre for Eye Health (ICEH) at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine joins the eye health community in celebrating the passing of the first United Nations resolution on preventable sight loss. All 193 countries of the … Continue reading

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Effectiveness of an mHealth system on access to eye health services in Kenya: a cluster-randomised controlled trial

A smartphone-based eye screening and referral system used by community members has been shown to almost triple the number of people with eye problems attending primary care, as well as increasing appropriate uptake of hospital services, compared to the standard … Continue reading

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British Council for Prevention of Blindness Closure

It is with sadness that the International Centre for Eye Health (ICEH) team marks the closing of our long-term partner the British Council for Prevention of Blindness (BCPB). Throughout our history, BCPB has been a steadfast supporter of the work … Continue reading

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Smartphone screening and referral system significantly increases access to care for people with eye problems

A smartphone-based eye screening and referral system used by community members has been shown to almost triple the number of people with eye problems attending primary care, as well as increasing appropriate uptake of hospital services, compared to the standard … Continue reading

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Eye Health in the Commonwealth: Publication of Progress Report 2018-2020

This month marks the publication of the first two-yearly report on action of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), a meeting of the 54 countries of the international Commonwealth, in relation to eye health. The report, covering the years … Continue reading

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Study shows delay to diagnosis of potentially fatal childhood eye cancer longer in lower-income countries, leading to worse outcomes

Photograph: Pak Sang Lee Retinoblastoma is a potentially fatal cancer of the eye occurring in children. However, the likelihood of death from those experiencing it has been known to be highly variable for years. For instance, a child in Africa … Continue reading

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Vision impairment and blindness has global economic impact of $411 billion in lost productivity per year

A new study has revealed the scale of the economic impact for vision loss globally. The research, authored by members of ICEH as part of the Lancet Global Health Commission on Global Eye Health, modelled the annual cost of potential … Continue reading

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The International Centre for Eye Health co-chairs the Lancet Global Health Commission on Global Eye Health

ICEH were co-chairs on the Lancet Global Health Commission on Global Eye Health, published this month. The Commission is the work of an interdisciplinary group of 73 academics and national programme leaders and practitioners from 25 countries. Building on the … Continue reading

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New research project aims to improve school eye health planning

ICEH and Peek Vision have been awarded a major new research grant by USAID to develop a tool to improve school eye health programme planning. The funding will enable the development of a new School Eye Health Rapid Assessment (SEHRA) … Continue reading

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Only a third of board members at major eye institutions women

A new study from the International Centre of Eye Health has shown that only a third of board members and a third or fewer of chairpeople at major eye health membership organisations are women. The study looked at the governing … Continue reading

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