Author Archives: Hugh Bassett

Focus on: Trachoma

Two hundred million people still live in regions endemic for trachoma, a painful and potentially blinding eye disease. This is despite concerted international efforts to tackle the condition. Trachoma is caused by repeated infections with the bacteria C. Trachomatis. Multiple … Continue reading

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Celebrating World Diabetes Day

Health professionals from all over the world came together to mark World Diabetes Day on 14 November 2022 through an online workshop celebrating progress in development of diabetic retinopathy (DR) services in low-and middle-income countries (LMICs). The Diabetic Retinopathy Network … Continue reading

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Retinoblastoma and the Power of Global Networks

© SBN Chary On World Sight Day people worldwide come together to encourage the awareness of good eye health. It’s an important time to reflect on how collective power can contribute to improvements in health care for all. In an … Continue reading

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World Sight Day: Global Eye Health Indicator Estimates Published for First Time

By Matthew Burton, Jacqui Ramke and Ian McCormick Today is World Sight Day, a day to raise global awareness about eye health which asks us to ‘Love Our Eyes’. A new report from the World Health Organization, based on new … Continue reading

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On the Death of Her Majesty the Queen

We are deeply saddened to learn of the death of Her Majesty the Queen. We are very grateful for the considerable support that Her Majesty gave to addressing avoidable sight loss worldwide. The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust supported the … Continue reading

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Children in low-income countries 16 times more likely to die from most common eye cancer

Children with the eye cancer retinoblastoma in a low-income country are at 16 times  higher risk of dying at any time within three years of diagnosis than those in high-income countries, according to a new study published in The Lancet Global … Continue reading

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Unequal eye care practices threaten sustainability across health care, study finds

Health care services are substantial contributors to national greenhouse gas emission totals, representing 10% in the USA, 7% in Australia, 5% in Canada and Japan, and 4% in the UK. Eye care, as a high-volume service, likely forms a substantial … Continue reading

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Diabetic Retinopathy Network Publishes Research compendium

ICEH’s Diabetic Retinopathy Network (DR-NET) has published a collection of research related to diabetic retinopathy programmes in Sub-Saharan African. The research has been created by members of the network working in screening and treatment programmes in Africa. The research questions … Continue reading

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ICEH Celebrates 40th Anniversary

This year is ICEH’s 40th anniversary. Our centre started from humble beginnings: a single ophthalmologist committed to improving eye health worldwide through a new concept of ‘community eye health’. From a small team working on a shoestring to improve infectious … Continue reading

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Improving eye health essential to achieving Sustainable Development Goals

Testing intraocular pressure during community screening in Nigeria. Image: Gideon Okorie Improving access to good quality eye health services globally is a key enabler to achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including those related to overall health, poverty, … Continue reading

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