Eye care for all is in sight! All 193 countries of the United Nations General Assembly have unanimously agreed to enshrine eye health as part of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This means the international community is committed to providing eye health for the 1.1 billion people currently living with preventable sight loss, by 2030.

 

Caroline Casey, President of the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) said:

“The Member States of the United Nations have come together to agree on a global plan for change, ensuring full access to eye care services for their populations, and, to support global efforts, to make eye care part of their nation’s journey to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. Those of us working in eye health will work with every sinew in our bodies to ensure that this is delivered and to ensure that 2030 is in sight for all.”

 

The resolution will make sure each country’s population has access to eye care, integrate eye health into existing SDG commitments, call on financial institutions and donors to support developing countries in tackling preventable sight loss, and make sure other UN bodies, like Unicef, include eye health in their work.

 

Increasing access to eye care globally means greater gender equality, as the lack of access to eye care has a disproportionate impact on women and girls. Eye care for children means greater educational attainment and inclusion. Eye care for adults means the difference between access to information and seeking a livelihood and not. Corrective eye treatment, the difference between improved eye sight and total loss of sight.

 

As a member of the IPAB we are really excited by this resolution, as it will be a great support for our life changing work, and we are committed to supporting governments to implement this resolution and ensure eye care for all becomes a reality.

 

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