It was introduced at the 9th General Assembly in 2012, the Eye Health Hero programme is recognition to front line staff whose work in the field and engagement in the community makes a real difference in aiding vision and restoring sight all around the globe.
Each hero is named by an IAPB member organisation or their partners to recognise those exemplary workers whose efforts are seldom in the limelight.
Eye Health Heroes work with passion, purpose and determination to improve peoples’ lives all over the world. They are the change-makers, innovators and emerging leaders from across all areas and backgrounds in eye health.
Eye Health Heroes inspire all of us to achieve a world free of avoidable blindness and visual impairment. Whether they are managers, community workers, health professionals or government officials their efforts and stories deserve to be shared.
The Eye Health Heroes initiative provides the eye health sector with the opportunity to recognise and celebrate frontline staff and managers – who are 35 years and younger – whose work and engagement with the community makes a real difference in restoring sight.
What are the categories to select the Eye Health Heroes?
They are motivated to act. They turn good ideas into action and they keep trying until they have made a difference. From embedding eye health in health systems, changing corporate behaviour or bringing about policy change they are actively bringing positive change through their actions.
Innovators embrace new ideas and create new possibilities and outcomes. They challenge the status quo and push the boundaries of knowledge to develop new approaches, systems or appropriate technologies in eye health.
3. Future Leaders
Future Leaders recognises that leaders can emerge at all levels and in all roles across eye health but share essential characteristics: they are high performers in their roles, influence others, show potential and are open to learning and growing from each experience.
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