THE INTERNATIONAL AGENCY FOR THE PREVENTION OF BLINDNESS (IAPB) IS AN ALLIANCE OF CIVIL SOCIETY ORGANISATIONS, CORPORATES AND PROFESSIONAL BODIES PROMOTING EYE HEALTH THROUGH ADVOCACY, KNOWLEDGE AND PARTNERSHIPS.

IAPB’s mission is to eliminate the main causes of avoidable blindness and visual impairment by bringing together governments and non-governmental agencies to facilitate the planning, development and implementation of sustainable national eye care programmes. IAPB promotes VISION 2020, its joint initiative with the World Health Organization (WHO).

IAPB’s history began in the mid-1970s when the late Sir John Wilson amongst others, began to draw the international community’s attention to the problem of global blindness. These efforts led to the setting up of the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) on January 1, 1975, with Sir John Wilson as the Founder President. The founding members were the World Blind Union (WBU) and the International Council of Ophthalmology (ICO).

IAPB was established as a coordinating, umbrella organisation to lead an international effort in mobilising resources for blindness prevention activities. IAPB aspired to link professional bodies, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), educational institutions and interested individuals with national programmes for the prevention of blindness.

The first major achievement of IAPB was to promote the establishment of a WHO Prevention of Blindness and Visual Impairment team, with which it then entered into an official relationship.

For Fundación Elena Barraquer to be part of IAPB is an important step in the consolidation of its project and in its commitment to combat blindness avoidable by #nomorecataracts.