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.
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.
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.
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.
The 2013 Caribbean Regional V2020 Committees Meeting was held at the Pegasus Hotel, Kingston, Jamaica on 3rd and 4th December. The proceedings were chaired by Arvel Grant, Chief Executive Officer of CCB-Eye Care Caribbean.
The meeting provided a platform for sharing, learning and networking between V2020 Committees and persons involved in eye health and paid particular attention to Diabetic Retinopathy – one of the most prevalent causes of blindness in the Caribbean. The meeting also provided an opportunity for delegates to become familiar with the World Health Organization’s global eye health action plan 2014–2019 ‘Towards Universal Eye Health’ - http://www.who.int/blindness/actionplan/en/
Chief Medical Officer in the Ministry of Health, Dr. Kevin Harvey, says the Government is committed to the elimination of avoidable blindness by the year 2020, through delivery of the highest quality of health care to its citizens.
“The matter of eye care is an important part of the menu of items that represent the effort to deliver quality health care to the Jamaican people,” he said, while addressing the opening session for
the 2013 Annual Meeting of Vision 2020 Committees Representatives for the Caribbean, held on December 3, at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in New Kingston.
St John’s Antigua - August 26 2014: Following more that three years of negotiations with the Government; a Cabinet decision authorising the use of the Blackburn Building and permission from the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health, The Caribbean Council for the Blind and Visually Impaired moved into the Building in the 4th quarter of 2013 and commenced continuous retrofitting of the premises, to customise the space to the operational requirements of the Council in Antigua and Barbuda.
Since their inception six months ago, the 3 community vision centres, staffed by 4 Refractionists (which are being implemented under a joint partnership between the Government of Antigua-Barbuda and CCB-Eye Care Caribbean) have examined over 7,000 patients and prescribed over 3,000 spectacles to those requiring visual-aid.
Chief Executive Officer, Arvel Grant, expects that the programme will continue to grow, noting that expansion plans includes the setting up of six new Vision centres across Antigua & Barbuda. He said those students and elderly who required further attention and could not afford the cost of their glasses, received their spectacles free.
Christy Joseph was one year old when she was diagnosed with Retinoblastoma - a rare type of eye cancer which mainly affects children under 5 years of age. A student at the Reunion Primary School in south-west St. Lucia, Christy is the pride and joy of her teachers.
On a rainy December morning we made our way to Linden located sixty-five miles to the south of Capital of Georgetown, Guyana. It was here that we found Shellon Swaving who heads the Unit for the Visually Impaired at the Wismar Hill Primary School.
Surrounded by students, she was all too eager to share with us her passion for teaching and in particular her love for students who are blind and visually impaired.
From an early age Shellon had two goals in life, that of being a teacher and the other of assisting the visually impaired in any way possible.
Growing up with a sister who is blind only served to fuel her passion and years later in 2009 her dream became a reality when she took over the reigns of the Unit for the Visually Impaired at the School.
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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.
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.
Cataract is the opacity of the lens of the eye. The lens changes from being clear to a milky colour - Leading to gradual loss of sight.
Over the past 10 years, CCB-Eye Care Caribbean has helped almost three thousand citizens of Jamaica, blinded by cataract, get their sight back.