Where We Work

Our member agencies are spread across the Caribbean region from Belize on one side to Guyana on the other. Find out more about our Member Agencies .

WHAT WE DO

We believe that persons with blindness or visual impairments, are entitled to some basic services and opportunities, wherever they live. We believe that a number of international conventions & initiatives, provide useful impetus to our cause. Read More.

Eye Care Caribbean

165,000 Jamaicans to one Optometrist - worst in English speaking CARICOM

Is someone blocking the registration of Optometrists in Jamaica? Why are new applicants having so much difficulty getting registered?

Mr. Arvel Grant, CEO (CCB-Eye Care Caribbean)Mr. Arvel Grant, CEO (CCB-Eye Care Caribbean)My name is Arvel Grant. I am the Chief Executive Officer of the Caribbean Council for the Blind (CCB-Eye Care Caribbean). I was born in Black River, St. Elizabeth, and thanks to the Government and people of Jamaica, I was educated at an all age school in the high-lands of Westmoreland, The Salvation Army school for the Blind in Kingston and the University of the West Indies (Mona campus), where my studies included a Master of Public Health from the Faculty of Medical Sciences.

Over the past 30 years, I have been privileged to contribute to the development of eye health services: in Jamaica, across the Caribbean and on five continents. My own visual impairment, my training in Public Health and my development experience around the world, have given me an unapologetic determination to help all of Jamaica claim and preserve their Right to Sight. The Council is a key partner in the transformation of eye health services in the Southern Region of Jamaica., we want to do likewise in the three other health regions.

 

ARE MORE THAN 20,000 JAMAICANS NEEDLESSLY BLIND?

Global estimates suggests that up to 80 percent of blindness is preventable, today, there are approximately 27,000 Jamaicans who are blind.

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Training of 16 Diabetic Retinopathy Screeners from Dominica, Jamaica and St Lucia completed

In keeping with its purpose “to prevent blindness and visual impairment”, Caribbean Council for the Blind (CCB) in collaboration with The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust and Sight Savers International completed the training of 16 Diabetic Retinopathy Screeners from: Dominica, Jamaica and St. Lucia. Each batch was trained over a period of 40 contact hours.

Screeners from Jamaica were trained at the Eye Department, Mandeville Regional Hospital

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Mandeville Regional Hospital - A journey to improved eye care

Minister of Health Horace Dalley (left) sharing in the ribbon-cutting at the opening of the upgraded eye care facility with chief executive officer of the Caribbean Council for the Blind Arvel Grant (third right). Also pictured are senior medical officer at the Mandeville Regional Hospital, Dr Everton McIntosh (left), programme monitoring advisor at Sightsavers) Phillip Hand, and medical officer of health within the Southern Regional Health Authority Dr Beverley Wright (partially hidden).Minister of Health Horace Dalley (left) sharing in the ribbon-cutting at the opening of the upgraded eye care facility with chief executive officer of the Caribbean Council for the Blind Arvel Grant (third right). Also pictured are senior medical officer at the Mandeville Regional Hospital, Dr Everton McIntosh (left), programme monitoring advisor at Sightsavers) Phillip Hand, and medical officer of health within the Southern Regional Health Authority Dr Beverley Wright (partially hidden).Mandeville, Manchester — The Mandeville Regional Hospital now boasts upgraded eye care services.

For stakeholders, the journey to the recent official opening of an ophthalmology clinic and an operating theatre could not have been successfully done without the support of willing partners.

“(The) project was so extensive that we had to undertake it in a relay format. One person had to pass the baton onto others. I am happy that it is successfully anchored,” said regional director for the Southern Regional Health Authority (SRHA), Michael Bent.

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Eye Care Service Delivery Boosted At Mandeville Regional Hospital

Health Minister, Hon. Horace Dalley (right), and Chief Executive Officer, Caribbean Council for the Blind (CCB), Arvel Grant, examine a newly installed combination system unit inside the ophthalmology clinic at the Mandeville Regional Hospital in Manchester. The new clinic and operating theatre were officially opened on January 28 2016.Health Minister, Hon. Horace Dalley (right), and Chief Executive Officer, Caribbean Council for the Blind (CCB), Arvel Grant, examine a newly installed combination system unit inside the ophthalmology clinic at the Mandeville Regional Hospital in Manchester. The new clinic and operating theatre were officially opened on January 28 2016.Eye care service delivery at the Mandeville Regional Hospital, in Manchester, has been strengthened, with the opening of an ophthalmology clinic and operating theatre.

The new facility, which was officially opened by Health Minister, Hon. Horace Dalley, on January 28, was funded at accost of more than $80 million, provided by the European Union (EU) and Scotiabank, among other stakeholders.

The money was also used to train the medical staff assigned to the facility, including ophthalmologists, optometrists and nurses.

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International Women's Day 2016

eye care caribbeaneye care caribbeanThe Caribbean Council for the Blind joins the World Blind Union in highlighting the relevance of International Women’s Day to women who are blind, across the Caribbean and around the World.

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Announcing the registration of Optometrist Dr. Adebo O.D. to practice in Antigua-Barbuda

ArvelGrant CEO CCB ArvelGrant CEO CCB We are delighted that Dr Onohomo Adebo, has received her instruments of registration, to practice in Antigua and Barbuda.

A graduate of Benin University, she is an Optometry Doctor. Dr. Adebo brings a wealth of experience, having practiced in Nigeria and the United Arab Emirates.

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Announcing the recruitment of an Optometrist to monitor and facilitate the work of Refractionists

Arvel Grant CEO CCB Eye Care CaribbeanArvel Grant CEO CCB Eye Care CaribbeanToward the end of last year, normal service at the Community Vision Centres was scaled back as we recruited an Optometrist to monitor their work. We are pleased to announce that we have been able to complete the recruitment and that her application to be registered in Antigua is now before the Medical Board. Subject to the Medical Board’s processes, we anticipate that her registration will be completed during March and that normal services will resume in the vision centres at the start of April.

MORE THAN HALF MILLION US$ TO DATE – WE WANT TO DO MORE:

Having spent more than half million US dollars: Retrofitting, furnishing, equipping and supplying the 3 Vision centres, including training of personnel; And noting the over whelming need for the service, CCB-eye Care Caribbean, are doing all we can to facilitate the resumption of full services as soon as practicable. While it is near impossible to find development funds to pay salaries, we are confident that our international partners will work with us to capitalize the expansion and continued development of this most important eye health service.

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Best Wishes for 2015

From All of us, Delegates of the 2014 Caribbean Vision 2020 Meeting

To all of you....Best wishes for 2015 !!!

Happy New Year 2015Happy New Year 2015

With the dawn of 2015, we take this opportunity to thank you for your continued partnership. We wish you a prosperous new year and look forward to working with you as we continue to strive to fulfill our mission of “preventing blindness and visual impairment while restoring sight and creating opportunities for persons whose sight cannot be restored”.

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CCB President's 2015 Message

Dear Friends and colleagues:

Over the past 47 years, the Caribbean Council for the Blind has worked assiduously to improve issues related to eye-care in our region. We remain committed to this mandate and to the purpose of our organisation “Preventing blindness & visual impairment; while restoring sight and creating opportunities for persons whose sight cannot be restored”

Senator-KerryAnn-IfillSenator-KerryAnn-Ifill

As 2015 commences, I take this opportunity as your President, to share a few developments with you, as it is the commitment of our executive to ensure that our members are informed on the most critical issues facing persons who are blind or visually impaired. 

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Second Annual UOG Optometry Students' Dinner

2nd-Annual-UOG-Optometry-Students-Dinner2nd-Annual-UOG-Optometry-Students-DinnerThe Bachelor of Science in Optometry offered by the University of Guyana (UOG), is a 4-year programme, including internship. Based in the Department of Public
Health, it is built on the core curriculum as prescribed by UK-based General Optical Council (GOC).In addition to classes and simulated practice on campus, students
undertake clinical attachment (and eventually, their 6-credits internship) in more than ten leading Eye Clinics and Eye Departments in five countries across the Caribbean.

The first Optometry cohort commenced training at the University Of Guyana in 2010.

Today, there are three cohorts, years 1, 2 and 3 (there was no intake in 2011). There are more than 70 students reading for the Optometry BSO from five countries in the region.The Programme graduated its first batch of Optometrists in 2014. The graduates are competent to practice at level 3 of the World Council of Optometry’s 4-level scope of practice. The BSO is one of two Optometry training programmes in the Caribbean recognised by the World Council of Optometry.

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Education Programs

Over the past 20 years, we established or improved 10 national education programs for children with blindness or visual impairment & trained more than 55 teachers to work with the children.

Read more about our Inclusive Education Programs.

Blind Cricket

Have you heard about Blind Cricket?

Since the 2007 Biennial General Meeting of the Caribbean Council for the Blind, the West Indies Cricket Council for the Blind (WICCB) has been registered as a legal entity in Barbados.

Find out more about Blind Cricket.

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