Vision Aid Overseas welcomes the recent World Health Organization’s resolution on implementing the recommendations of the World Report on Vision.

The World Report on Vision, published last year, highlighted that over 2.2 billion people have a vision impairment or blindness, and at least 1 billion of those do not have access to the services they need. Most of the people lacking eye care are found in poorer countries and rural areas. Vision Aid Overseas specifically works in those areas to make sure the people who need eye care the most get it. To read more about where we currently work click here.

The main recommendations from the report are:

  1. Make eye care an integral part of universal health coverage.
  2. Implement integrated people-centred eye care in health systems.
  3. Promote implementation and health systems research that complements existing evidence for effective interventions.
  4. Monitor trends and evaluate progress towards implementing integrated people centred eye care.
  5. Raise awareness, engage, empower people and communities about eye care needs.

 

This is a great step forward and one we whole heartedly support.

We work with local governments to make sure eye health is integrated into national health systems. We focus our eye care work at the level of primary health care, at the front-line, in the community. To read more about our Primary Eye Care work click here.

We always work with the communities who need eye care, partnering with local government, NGOs, community groups and leaders. Our current School Based Eye Health work integrates eye care into wider national health plans for children, and involves a lot of community education, to raise awareness and empower communities about eye care needs. To read more about our Child Eye Health work click here.

We are committed to making sure people living in poverty can access affordable glasses and eye care, and we are proud to be a part of the global effort to implement the recommendations of the World Report on Vision.