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Peek wins Impact Award at premier global eye health event

Peek has been recognised for its role in advancing knowledge in global eye health with a prestigious award at 2030 IN SIGHT LIVE, the leading annual event in global eye health, organised by the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB).

Peek's Sergio Latorre Arteaga (third from right) joins the other award winners and IAPB President (Caroline Casey, right) and Vice President (Babar Qureshi, left) on stage at the event. Credit: IAPB

Sergio Latorre Arteaga, Peek’s Head of Data Insights, collected the award on the main stage of the event, which was held in Mexico City, 25-27 June 2024.  

The IAPB Impact Award was presented for Sergio’s poster presentation at the event, which outlined insights into child eye health from Peek-powered programmes across 12 countries.  Sergio was the poster’s lead author, working in collaboration with fellow Peek team members Marzieh Katibeh, Nigel Bolster and Andrew Bastawrous.

The poster outlines the team’s analysis of the eye health needs of over 1.5 million children in 12 countries, all of whom were found through Peek-powered school and community eye health programmes.  Across all countries, an average of 14% of screened children were found to have unmet eye care needs but with huge variations between countries, ranging from 3.2% in India to 52.4% in Uganda.  The findings also uncover gender disparities and the different prevalence of visually impairing vs non-visually impairing conditions such as conjunctivitis in the countries studied.

The results outlined in the award-winning poster presentation are now being prepared for publication in a scientific journal and will be published later this year.

“I am honoured to receive the Impact Award from IAPB on behalf of my colleagues and Peek’s partners,” says Sergio.  “Programmes powered by Peek are now generating valuable insights which can be used to inform eye health planning at a district, national and global level.  

“The work outlined in our poster for the IAPB event represents a significant advance in our understanding of how best to address the global vision crisis in children. I’m looking forward to continuing to work with our partners to develop innovative ways to ensure more children can see clearly.”

IAPB’s 2030 IN SIGHT live meeting is the only conference that is dedicated exclusively to bringing people together to tackle the global vision crisis.  As part of the event, four awards are given for poster presentations, recognising outstanding efforts and contributions within the global eye health community. ​The Impact Award won by Peek celebrates work that not only shapes the future but also contributes meaningfully to the advancement of knowledge in global eye health.

Peek also presented a poster on its new School Eye Health Rapid Assessment (SEHRA) tool at the meeting, led by Priya Morjaria, Peek’s Head of Global Programme Design.  Peek CEO Andrew Bastawrous also gave a well-received rapid fire presentation on what it will take to solve the global vision loss crisis and spoke at a very popular event on Presbyopia (age-related near vision loss) hosted by RestoringVision, a leading vision charity.

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