The Global Advisory Committee

The Global Advisory Committee informs and sets the strategic direction of the DR Barometer Program with specific responsibilities to:

  • Provide guidance and input into specific components of the Program including but not limited to the Communities of Practice (CoPs)
  • Make connections to experts and influencers as appropriate to further the Program objectives
  • Share updates around issues relevant to the Program, such as meetings and conferences, guideline updates, or funding opportunities.
  • Promote and share information about the Program with organizational and / or professional networks


The International Federation on Ageing (IFA) is an international non-governmental organization (NGO) with a membership base comprising government, NGOs, industry, academia   individuals in 70 countries. IFA is a voice alongside and on behalf of older adults globally and has General Consultative Status at the United Nations and its agencies and formal working relations with the World Health Organization.

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The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) is an umbrella organization of over 240 national diabetes associations in 168 countries and territories. It represents the interests of the growing number of people with diabetes and those at risk. The Federation has been leading the global diabetes community since 1950. IDF’s mission is to promote diabetes care, prevention a cure worldwide.

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The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) was established in 1975 as a coordinating, umbrella to lead international efforts in blindness prevention activities. Its first major achievement was to promote the establishment of a WHO programme for prevention of blindness, with which it has remained strongly linked, and which is now embodied in the global initiative, VISION 2020: The Right to Sight.

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Bayer is a global enterprise with a focus on the Life Science fields of health care and agriculture. Its products and services are designed to benefit people and improve their quality of life. The Group aims to create value through innovation, growth and high earning power. Bayer is committed to the principles of sustainable development and to its social and ethical responsibilities as a corporate citizen. Bayer has funded and facilitated this and holds an advisory role within the DR Barometer Program.

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The Vision Academy provides ophthalmic specialists with a forum to share existing skills and knowledge, build practice, and lead the wider community in the drive towards optimized, compassionate patient care. The Vision Academy comprises an international group of more than 80 experts worldwide.

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Expert Advisory Group

This Expert Advisory Group is an interdisciplinary collective of individuals who are thought leaders in each of their particular fields, including health care policy, ophthalmology, care, and .  

The Expert Advisors provide expertise and advice on the direction of the DR Barometer Program in line with the latest evidence and best practices. 

DR Barometer Community

The DR Barometer Community is a growing, global action network of individuals with a shared interest in helping people with diabetes avoid vision loss, including leaders in diabetes care, advocacy, ophthalmology, patient education, geriatrics, primary care, public health, and industry.  Community members can be involved in of ways such as participating in online dialogue within and across borders; sharing materials and good practices to be featured in newsletters as well as in a resource library networking amongst colleagues of similar and different fields of work with the same goal. 

The Secretariat

The IFA serves as the Program Secretariat to manage to day operations of the Program including:

  • Coordinating and mobilising online knowledge exchange and community building including webinars, blogs, and online discussions
  • Managing communications including the website, newsletters, advocacy materials, and other outreach
  • Overseeing the Communities of Practice including regional and country-level project work
  • Reporting to the Global Committee on a regular basis.



The DR Barometer Community is a growing multidisciplinary network of thought leaders and organizations who are working together to address gaps in diabetes patient care. Join today to help improve vision health outcomes among people living with diabetes.