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 here.
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.
Toward 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.Read more...
1978 - Trinidad & Tobago - Establishment of the first secretariat of CCB.
Late 1970s to early 80s - Implementation of the Inter Island Eye Service. An itinerant program of Ophthalmologic services to islands, which did not have access to Ophthalmologic services.
1980 - Antigua & Barbuda - Relocation of secretariat from Port of Spain - Trinidad.
1980 - QEH-UWI Barbados - Commence training & deployment of indigenous Ophthalmologists to serve countries of the Eastern Caribbean & Guyana.
1980 Grenada - Convened the first regional quadrennial planning conference to develop a comprehensive approach to: Eye care; Education Services & Rehabilitation (Now, adjustment to Blindness Services).
1980 - Guyana - Established the first national itinerant education program for children who are blind; Initiative followed by the establishment of similar programs throughout the Eastern Caribbean & Belize.
1983 - Consolidated the annual meetings of the Inter Agency Coordinating Group (now V2020 Collaborating Group of INGOCGs).
1984 - Barbados - Convened the 2nd quadrennial planning conference of CCB.Read more...
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”
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.Read more...
From All of us, Delegates of the 2014 Caribbean Vision 2020 Meeting
To all of you....Best wishes for 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”.Read more...
By Enid Joaquin
Suzanne Featherstone and Ronella Jarvis are the proud mothers of two visually impaired children that, considering their challenges, have done extremely well at the recent grade six assessments.
Shivannie Featherstone was able to obtain 510 marks and secure a place at the St Roses High School, while Relon Sumner secured a place at the Mackenzie High School with 426 marks. Both children attend the Wismar Hill Primary school, which is the only school in Region 10, with a unit for the visually impaired.
Relon, the more reticent of the two children, said he was happy with his success, while Shivannie, in her inimitable eloquent style pointed out, “I’m extremely happy that I did so well and was awarded a place at St Roses. I always wanted to go there because I think they have a low vision unit- so it’s like my dream came true. I would also like to thank my mother, grandfather and my teachers because they all worked very hard with me. I’m very happy!
The 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.Read more...
St John’s Antigua - Dec. 18, 2014 : Vision 2020 “the right to sight” (the global initiative for the elimination of avoidable blindness) was the focus of a two day meeting, held in St. Lucia last week.
It brought together, health officials from 14 CARICOM (Caribbean Community) member states as well as international organizations from Latin America, the United States and the United Kingdom, to discussed matters related to eye health including treatment and management of: Cataract, Glaucoma, Diabetic Retinopathy, Refractive Errors and Childhood blindness.
The 2-day meeting , held at the Bay Gardens Hotel was declared open by Hon. Alvina Reynolds, St. Lucia’s Minister of Health, who lauded steps being taken to: end preventable blindness; to help persons who are blind regain their sight, and equip persons whose sight cannot be restored, with the skills to live productive lives.Read more...
“I am totally blind, I have been totally blind since I was six years old, and I am enjoying these classes; they are very beneficial; I didn’t have the opportunity to write CXC before and now that this organization has afforded me this opportunity it’s one I ‘m so keen on taking advantage of.” - Leroy Phillips Read more...
Over the past 10 months, the 3 Community Vision Centres established by the Caribbean Council for the Blind & Visually Impaired, in collaboration with the Government and people of Antigua & Barbuda, has provided a basic package of eye health services to more than 7 thousand patients. The results include:
...469 indicating possible Cataracts
... 576 cases of suspected Glaucoma
...96 indicating possible Diabetic Retinopathy and
... 1,792 spectacles dispensed
With 469 cases of suspected cataracts, and given that one cataract surgery costs approximately 5 thousand EC$ dollars, there is an urgent need for a programme to help those who are unable to pay to access surgical intervention. If not, persons will continue to go needlessly blind from the condition. Read more...
Congratulations to the 2014 Optometry graduates – University Of Guyana, Bachelors of Science in Optometry.
Front row (seated) - Khohane Blake, Juewan Murray, Antonia McCurchin, Luciean Andrews
2nd row - Charles Vandyke - (National Programme Manager CCB-Eye Care Guyana), Arvel Grant (CEO, CCB Eye Care Caribbean), Khemol Roshan, Stephanie Jean-Jacques, Dr. Bheri Ramsaran (Minister of Health), Madonna Narine, Gordon Marshall, Rev. Noel Holder (Head of Public Health - University of Guyana), Dr. Imran Khan (Chief Programme Development Advisor - Sightsavers)
3rd row - Mahendra Rampersaud, Demali Lovell, Imran Khan, Romeo Singh, Stephan Dundas, Jonelle Duke, Keshi Pyle, Dr. Genalin Ang (Head of Optometry Studies -University of Guyana), Andrew Adams
We are delighted to have partnered with: The new Optometrists; Management, faculty and staff of the UOG; Bryan Holden Vision; The European Commission; The Ministry Of Health and wider Government of Guyana and SightSavers, in the successful delivery of this programme.Read more...
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.
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.