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 WHO programme for prevention of blindness, with which it has remained strongly linked, and which is now embodied in the global initiative, VISION 2020: The Right to Sight.
In September 2013 IAPB approved its new strategic plan 2013-17, which included a revision of their vision and mission.
A world in which everyone has access to the best possible standard of eye health; where no one is needlessly visually impaired; and where those with irreparable vision loss achieve their full potential.
To achieve universal access to eye health, by:
- adding value to and maximising the impact of the individual and collective work of their Members, including those who strive for the inclusion and rehabilitation of those with vision loss,
- promoting knowledge and awareness of comprehensive eye health system development, particularly at country level.
In all their endeavours, IAPB Members, staff and supporters will strive to be guided by the following values:
Plurality – they embrace the plurality of approaches they adopt in the pursuit of their common goals, in the belief that their strength derives from diversity rather than uniformity.
Collaboration – they believe that by working together they have far greater chances of achieving change than any one organisation can alone. They actively seek partnerships and collaboration with others as an effective means to achieve their vision.See more