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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: www.pbunion.org

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Nadi Al Bassar concludes its 15th annual course

Nadi Al Bassar - a partner NGO of PBU - concluded its 15th Nadi Al Bassar Course at Hammamet, Tunisia from 30 May - 1 June. It was held in collaboration with MEACO (MEAGS, MEAVRS, MEACRS), the Faculty of Medicine University of Tunis and the Alexandria University. The Islamic Development Bank was a major player in sponsoring the meeting.

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Participants were from North, East and West Africa. The DESSO (Regional Center in Conakry) and IOTA (Regional Center in Mali) were both represented. The scientific program had excellent speakers from North Africa, UK, Italy, France, Belgium and Egypt. There were wet labs training sessions as well.

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During the course Prof Ridha Mabrouk, the founder of Nadi Al Bassar, was awarded the SITELKOL Award for Life Achievement. Dr Abdulaziz AlRajhi, President of MEACO, received the Golden Medal of Nadi Al Bassar in appreciation of his efforts in the Middle East and Africa and his sustainable collaboration with Nadi Al Bassar.

E.Y.E. (Enhancing Yemen's Eye health) Forum formed

EYE for Yemen

A forum has been formed to address the deteriorating eye health situation in Yemen caused by the protracted political and civil uncertainties. It is called Enhancing Yemen’s Eye Health (E.Y.E.) Forum. The E.Y.E. Forum is initiating a 3-year term multi NGO result-oriented intervention program to address some of the most urgent eye health needs in some districts of the country. The program was developed in a meeting convened by IAPB-EMR and PBU from 30 April - 1 May 2013 in Dubai. The meeting was attended by NGOs working or interested in working in Yemen. These included Christofell Blinden Mission (CBM), Fred Hollows Foundation (FHF), Sight Savers International, Nebras Health Society, AlBasar International Foundation etc. For more information, please contact the PBU office info@pbunion.org.

Libya develops national eye health action plan

WHO Libyan Ministry of Health

The Libyan Ministry of Health, in collaboration with WHO-EMRO and IAPB-EMR, had developed a new action plan for eye health in Libya. This is in compliance with the recent World Health Assembly (WHA) resolution 66.4 requesting countries to domesticate and implement the new Global Action Plan for Eye Health, "Towards Universal Eye Health: Global Action Plan 2014-19". The action plan was developed during a planning workshop held from 10 - 12 June in Tripoli, Libya. The country becomes the second to develop a new action plan in line with the WHA, following Qatar, which had earlier developed its action plan.

66th World Health Assembly: Action Plan for Universal Eye Health 2014-19 adopted

The new Global Action Plan for Universal Eye Health 2014-2019 was approved at the 66th World Health Assembly held in Geneva from 20 - 28 May 2013. His Royal Highness Prince Abdulaziz Ahmad Abdulaziz Al Saud, the Regional Chair of the Eastern Mediterranean Region (EMR) of International Agency for Prevention of Blindness (IAPB), made the opening supporting statement on behalf of Saudi Arabia and the member States of the EMR. This was followed by positive interventions from Congo (on behalf of Africa region); Sri Lanka (speaking on behalf of SE Asia region), Vietnam, USA, Indonesia, Zambia, India, Iran, Malaysia, Iraq, Bangladesh, Thailand, Italy, Barbados, Japan, Bahrain, Maldives, Surinam, Pakistan and the long term champions of the new plan - Australia and Mexico.

A total of 22 countries made positive statements in support. Unlike many of the other items and resolutions discussed at the WHO, this resolution was passed without any amendments, which is a testament to the fantastic work done leading up to the Action Plan.

Prince Abdulaziz making the intervention

Prince Abdulaziz Ahmad Abdulaziz Al Saud making the intervention at the WHA

Regional commitment to address eye health workforce crisis in Africa

IAPB logo A regional commitment has been made by several non-governmental organizations, professional bodies and training institutions to work together towards addressing the severe shortage of human resources for eye health in Africa. Please click here for the statement of commitment made by 18 organizations. The commitment was made at a workshop on human resource for eye health (HReH) organized by Sight Savers International in collaboration with IAPB Africa held in Dar es Salam, Tanzania 25 - 26 March 2013. PBU was one of the organizations that participated at this workshop.

World Sight Day (WSD) 2013

World Sight Day Logo The 2013 World Sight Day’s theme is "Universal Eye Health". The theme is in line with the recently approved World Health Organization (WHO) Action Plan, "Towards Universal Eye Health: Global Action Plan 2014-19", that was adopted by the World Health Assembly in May 2013. The key focus of the action plan is to promote universal eye health coverage and reduce levels of avoidable blindness. This year, the WSD will take place on Thursday, 10 October 2013.

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