Leading Blindness Prevention Efforts Worldwide
The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) was established in 1975 as a coordinating, umbrella organisation 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.
In September 2013 IAPB approved its new strategic plan 2013-17, which included a revision of our vision and mission.
- adding value to and maximising the impact of the individual and collective work of our Members, including those who strive for the inclusion and rehabilitation of those with vision loss,
- promoting knowledge and awareness of comprehensive eye health system development, particularly at country level.