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Nadi Al Bassar
What is PBU?
The Prevention of Blindness Union (PBU) is an International union of Nongovernmental Development
Organizations working in the Eastern Mediterranean Region (EMR) and Africa. It has the following reputable
international NGOs and bodies as members:
- IMPACT-EMR Saudi Arabia
- AlBasar International Foundation Saudi Arabia
- Al Noor Foundation Egypt
- Nadi AlBassar Tunisia
- CHEF International Pakistan
- Arab Gulf Programme for United Nations Development Organizations (AGFUND)
- Islamic Development Bank,(Ex-Officio member)
- Middle East Africa Council of Ophthalmology - MEACO
- WHO EMR. (Ex–Officio member)
The union is under leadership of HRH Prince Abdulaziz Ahmad Al Saud.
The Vision of PBU is to facilitate the provision of comprehensive eye care to all segments
of the society based on the principles of equity and justice.
The Mission of the union is to support, coordinate, collaborate and advocate activities in the
field of comprehensive eye care (promotion, preventive, curative and rehabilitation) with all stakeholders (such as
Governments, Non-Governmental Development Organizations (NGDO), regional and international organizations, professional
bodies and institutions) in the EMR and Africa.
For more information on PBU please visit:
Doha Conference calls on governments to implement the 2007 UN convention on people with disabilities
A Regional Conference on Early Intervention for Children with Visual or Multiple Impairments has
called on governments of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) to fully implement the 2007 UN
Convention of the Rights of People with disabilities.
This was one of the many recommendations at the end of the conference held in Doha from 27 - 30
April 2011. It was organized by Al Noor Institute Doha in collaboration with the International
Agency for the Prevention of Blindness Eastern Mediterranean Region (IAPB-EMR) and Prevention
of Blindness Union (PBU).
The conference the first of its kind in the Gulf States was aimed at raising the awareness
amongst health, education, rehabilitation, and social service fields on the importance of
early intervention for children with visual or multiple disabilities.
It attracted the whole spectrum of professionals and stakeholders involved in the care of
children with disabilities. For full contents of the conference recommendations, please click
Diabetic Retinopathy Control Committee set-up in Saudi Arabia
The National Prevention of Blindness Committee (NPBC) of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia had
established a Diabetic Retinopathy Control Committee.
The Chairman of the NPBC Prince Abdulaziz Ahmad Abdulaziz Al Saud set-up the committee
to develop an action plan for the control of diabetic retinopathy in the Kingdom. Saudi
Arabia has one of the highest prevalence of Diabetes mellitus in the world.
A recent RAAB+DR survey in one region of the country reported Diabetic prevalence of
29% among persons 50 years and older, with over 35% having some form of DR and about
17% with Sight threatening diabetic retinopathy.
The committee is headed by Prof Ahmed Abu El Asrar, a renowned vitreoretinal surgeon
with King Saud University Riyadh, membership of the committee includes representation
from NPBC, MOH, other major tertiary and private institutions.
RAAB DR Pilot Study in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia
A pilot study of the Rapid Assessment of Avoidable Blindness plus Diabetic Retinopathy
(RAAB+DR) will be held from September to November 2011 in Al Ahsa Region of the Eastern
Province of Saudi Arabia.
It is being organized by the Saudi National Prevention of Blindness Committee and the
Ministry of Health in collaboration with the PBU and the London School of Hygiene and
A similar study was conducted in the Taif Region of the Kingdom earlier this year.
Vacancy for Project Manager in Jordan
The PBU is seeking to recruit a Project Manager for a Diabetic Retinopathy Program in
Northern Jordan. The project is with the support of Standard Chartered Bank and Ministry
of Health Jordan. It will last for 4 years. For details, please visit
Nadi Al Bassar honored by Islamic Development Bank
Nadi Al Bassar was honored by the Islamic Development Bank during the bank's annual meeting
of its Governors which was held in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia from 29 - 30 June 2011.
Nadi Al Bassar is being recognized for its global efforts in the fight against avoidable
blindness especially in North and West African regions. The award was received by Dr
Ahmed Trabelsi on behalf of the organization. PBU felicitates with Nadi Al Bassar for
Nadi Al Bassar organized the 14th International Course
Nadi Al Bassar organized its 14th Annual International Course at the Hotel Ramada Gammarth
in Tunis, Tunisia from 3 - 4 June. Highlights of the program were Glaucoma and Vitreo- retinal courses
that were held in collaboration with the Middle East Africa Glaucoma Society (MEAGS) and the Middle
East Africa Vireo Retinal Society (MEAVRS).
CHEF International launches new vision and strategic plan
CHEF International had launched a new vision, mission, strategic plan and structure in order to
enhance its ever expanding services. The organization had also moved to new permanent building in
Charsada, Pakistan. PBU congratulates CHEF for these progressive moves and wishes it more progress
in its endeavors.
New CHEF Headquarter
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