News and notices. Comm Eye Health Vol. 28 No. 89 2015. June 08, 2015

Update from the journal publisher, ICEH

Credit: Pak Sang Lee
Credit: Pak Sang Lee

The International Centre for Eye Health (ICEH) was started by Prof Barrie Jones 35 years ago, in 1980. In 1988, ICEH (then led by Prof Gordon Johnson) started to publish the Community Eye Health Journal under the editorship of Dr Murray McGavin. Since then, over 80 issues of the Journal have been produced, and versions are now translated into French, Spanish and Chinese, with a total readership of over 30,000 people in more than 150 countries. In 2002, ICEH became part of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), which strengthened its ability to engage in international health matters.

International Centre for Eye Health

The objectives of ICEH are summarised as follows:

  1. To provide evidence of the magnitude, causes and impact of visual loss and eye diseases for policy makers and health planners.
  2. To undertake research and systematic reviews to identify cost-effective interventions for the prevention and treatment of blinding eye diseases.
  3. To promote international and national level leadership in community eye health through training at LSHTM.
  4. To facilitate implementation of national and district VISION 2020 programmes through the provision of local training in community eye health, planning and management.
  5. To work with partners to increase the capacity of institutions to develop research programmes and to provide high quality training in eye care delivery.
  6. To support local health providers with relevant eye care educational materials and information on good practice.
  7. To contribute towards the Global VISION 2020 initiative and the Global Action
  8. Plan 2014–2019 in collaboration with WHO, the International Agency on the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB), International non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and other institutions and organisations.

Clare Gilbert (Co-director, ICEH) and Matthew Burton lead the eye research work, Cova Bascaran and Daksha Patel the teaching courses, Marcia Zondervan and Claire Walker the V2020 LINKS programme, Robin Percy the V2020 workshops, Sally Parsley the E-open digital resources, and Elmien Wolvaardt Ellison and Nick Astbury the Journal.

As from this issue, we plan to keep one page in the Journal to update you on key reports and activities of ICEH and its core supporters.

A report on ICEH activities from 2010–2014, including the references for all published papers, is available to download from our website.

If you have suggestions on how we can do things better please let us know, iceh@lshtm.ac.uk.

Allen Foster

ICEH Co-director


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