A staggering 1.2 billion people worldwide can’t see properly simply because they need glasses


We want to mobilise political will and increase resources to improve access to affordable eye care in developing countries; including eye exams and appropriate treatment including spectacles, particularly for poorer communities and children. We are asking that;

1. Governments, Development Partners and Stakeholders in all countries take meaningful action to support universal eye health coverage by 2020 including:

  • Integrating eye health services into National Health Plans

  • Achieving targets to recruit, train, equip and employ more Eye Health Workers;

  • Adequately resourcing school health programmes that include eye health, so that all children entering the education system receive an eye health check-up and appropriate intervention including spectacles;

  • Ensuring the provision of spectacles and low vision devices are part of the essential health package;

  • Developing capacity to monitor, evaluate and research the extend of the need for Refractive Error services

2. Necessary resources are allocated within global, regional and national budgets

3. All stakeholders form innovative partnerships to enable universal eye health coverage