The IAPB Standard List/ Valued Supplier May Newsletter

Dear Readers,
Welcome to my first 2020 quarterly newsletter, which is pretty well packed with new suppliers, products and news stories.
We are in the midst of unprecedented times in this COVID-19 global pandemic. As Peter Holland said in his CEO note,
We are only beginning to understand how COVID-19 is impacting our sector. There have been reports, for example, that some of those infected with COVID-19 first presented to eye health personnel with conjunctivitis. We are beginning to pull together articles and links about COVID-19 and eye care and eye health and, more broadly, its impact on wider health and development policy."

IAPB is keen to help. You can access our COVID-19 resource pages here, and we have them in Spanish and French too. 
IAPB has produced a Position paper and guidance on Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). The purpose of this document is to provide guidance on the procurement, distribution and management of personal protective equipment (PPE) in the context of eye care services and the need for cognisance of the needs of the wider health system during the COVID-19 crisis. READ MORE.
Global Assembly
Due to the global pandemic, we have just announced that we have postponed our flagship event, the IAPB Global Assembly, from 12-14 October 2020 to 11-13 October 2021.
We have been monitoring the COVID-19 global pandemic and its impact closely. Keeping these developments and the risk in mind, and noting that the health, safety and well-being of the participants is our highest priorityIAPB’s board has decided to postpone the Global Assembly.
IAPB’s Head of Knowledge, Jude Stern will be hosting our second COVID-19 webinar on digital technologies and how they can help during the COVID-19 pandemic. Jude will be speaking to Prof Wong Tien Yin, Medical Director, Singapore National Eye Centre. REGISTER HERE. The first webinar featured our CEO Peter Holland in conversation with WHO's Alarcos Cieza and Silvio Paolo Mariotti. See Recording

Phil Hoare,
Procurement Manager, IAPB

Valued Supplier Scheme

I am pleased to announce that we have launched the IAPB Standard List / Valued Supplier Scheme. All the featured suppliers have now been upgraded giving them similar benefits to our members as a form of endorsement. We do however, suggest that buyers continue to do their own due diligence, but we will be promoting their products and brand. All new suppliers and products will continue to be processed diligently to ensure compliance and quality control. If you are a manufacturer / supplier who wish to participate in our scheme and list, please do not hesitate to contact Phil Hoare.

New Valued Suppliers

OPTOMED have been a part of the IAPB Standard List for around 10 years, and I welcome them on board now as a Valued Supplier. Read their case study – “Automated Screening Workflow Management Solution Enables Improved Clinical Outcomes with Higher Cost-Efficiency”. The case study outlines details of their Optomed LINK web-based telemedicine solution. READ MORE
Phil Hoare is pleased to introduce OUI INC from Japan. OUI Inc’s device, Smart Eye Camera is a smartphone attachment that records and evaluates ophthalmological images and video to help make a diagnosis online. 
It has a similar function to the existing portable slit-lamp microscope. SEC makes it possible diagnose diseases due to its portable slit-lamp comparable to that of professional grade slit-lamp microscope. Read more
WHO estimates that there are 466m persons with disabling hearing and only 3% have access to affordable hearing aids in LMICs. We have a new Valued Supplier, SOUND WORLD SOLUTIONS USA. Read their White Paper on hearing aids.
Hearing AID-HD75
Hearing Aid – HD75
A mini-Receiver-in-Canal Hearing Aid. Features 16-channel digital signal processing, directional microphones, feedback cancellation, connects to a free app...
A new Valued Supplier PLENOPTIKA, with very unique products bringing cutting edge technology to the global eye care sector.
PlenOptika QuickSee is a handheld autorefractor. QuickSee produces clinically accurate autorefraction measurements, in a handheld format suitable for use in clinics and in the field. Read this case study from a hurricane disaster. 
Adaptica Logo
Adaptica (part of the He Vision Group) is an Italian company that develops and manufactures simple, smart, portable and AI-based devices to detect refractive errors and visual defects. READ MORE.
The Kalaidos Vision Analyser
A unique AI-based Vision Analyzer, Kalaidos plus is the best solution to perform exams in an efficient way, making the highest quality health care services accessible to all.

New Product

Essilor / 2.5 New Vision Generation have added their new affordable CLICKCHECK Refraction Tool to the Standard List. The device is to help optimize the work of primary vision care providers. It is a non-invasive tool that can help to provide a quick starting point refraction. Read more.
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