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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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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.
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Since 2005, CCB-Eye Care Caribbean has helped more than 800 citizens of Dominica have their eyes photo graphed for signs of Diabetic Retinopathy.