This World Sight Day, October 10 saw the publication of the first World Report on Vision from the World Health Organziation.

The report has five main recommendations to achieve Universal Eye Health Coverage.

1. Make eye care an integral part of universal health coverage.

2. Implement integrated people-centred eye care.

3. Promote high-quality implementation and health systems research.

4. Monitor trends and evaluate progress.

5. Raise awareness, engage and empower people and communities about eye care needs.

In response Nicola Chevis, CEO of Vision Aid Overseas, has said:

"Vision Aid Overseas welcomes the WHO World Report on Vision which underlines the global need for eye care is projected to increase dramatically in the coming decade, from the 1 billion people with Visual Impairment that could have been prevented or has yet to be addressed.

The report explains that the burden is greater in low and middle income countries and amongst underserved populations, and that addressing Uncorrected Refractive Error is critical.

Vision Aid Overseas is therefore committed to scaling up its programmes addressing Uncorrected Refractive Error in Africa, working with National Governments and partners to support the achievement of Universal Eye Health Coverage in low and middle income countries, through doing more of what we do best:

  • assisting in the  development of the eye health work-force (often through the deployment of Professional Volunteers to support their capacity development, education and training)
  • the development of infrastructure and sustainable supply chains of affordable glasses
  • through integrating Primary Eye Health into Primary Health Care
  • through supporting School Based Eye Health
  • through mobilising communities and contributing to an enabling policy environment."

To read the full report click here.

To find out more about our Theory of Change, and how we work, click here.