Jess Gallagher and I arrived home on Sunday, 21 October after an eventful week in Vietnam! Arriving in Ho Chi Minh City on Saturday (13/10) was an assault on our senses — smells, sounds and sights. After being picked up by Phoung (Brien Holden Vision Institute) we checked into our hotel and headed out for dinner. Jess tried everything — I didn’t! After a quick look around the city, we headed to Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province, a three hour drive south-west towards the sea.
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My trip here to Vietnam with Vision 2020 Australia has already been an incredible one and we are only at day three. I have been able to experience firsthand the amazing work that has been achieved and I am incredibly excited for this journey to continue.
Last Thursday was an extra special day here at Vision 2020 Australia. Not only did we celebrate World Sight Day (WSD) with our friends across the world but we also had the opportunity to recognise the decade of dedication our Chair, the Hon Dr Barry Jones AO, has given to preventing avoidable blindness and vision loss.
Georgia Savage of WaterAid Australia blogs about her time at the NGDO NTD Network Conference in Sydney, discussing ways to integrate water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) into the prevention and control of Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs).
According to the latest WHO report on disability, over one billion people in the world live with disabilities and about 80 per cent of these people live in developing countries. There exists a strong undeniable direct link between disability and poverty.
At 32 you don’t expect to be told that you’re at an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Following a Work Health Check last year, some questions about diabetes in my family, and a waist measurement, I was told that my over indulgence over the years, growing serving sizes, and inactivity has placed me at a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes in the future.
To be honest, I probably had an inkling that I needed glasses. Well, it had at least crossed my mind that it wouldn’t be a bad idea to get my eyes tested. But did I? The short answer is no.
On Friday I was interviewed by Geraldine Coutts from Radio Australia on the growing concern over Australia's foreign aid budget. I believe Australia has an opportunity to transform the lives of millions and really make an impact on reducing global poverty. I hope the Government shares that vision and keeps its commitment to increasing foreign aid.
One of the most common questions I am asked is how do I ski given I am legally blind? Well it’s not easy but with adaptive technology I am able to get down a mountain just like anyone else.
Karen Hayes, Chief Executive Officer of Guide Dogs Victoria talks about her experiences in the eye health and vision care sector and her passion for the work of Guide Dogs Victoria.
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