3rd Meeting of the European Coalition for Eye Health and Vision
The third meeting of the European Coalition for Eye Health and Vision took place in Brussels on Monday 30th September. The Coalition’s aims are to reduce the risk of sight loss and improve the eye health and vision of the people of Europe; contribute to tackling the rapidly increasing scale of sight loss now and in the future; protect and support the rights of people with sight loss to engage in civil, political, economic and cultural life, and; promote targeted research to support these objectives across Europe.
Its immediate priorities are to prepare a Manifesto for a planned launch, at the European Parliament, in January, ahead of the European elections in June. Alongside this it will identify “champions” to promote the manifesto and broader issues including chronic diseases and health systems with the Commission. It will also aim to set up an Interest Group on Vision and Eye Health in the new Parliament: this body would be led by an MEP and would ensure vision and eye health retain a high profile throughout the five years of the Parliament. Finally, the Coalition recognises the importance of strong, clear messages not only to parliamentarians but also to the general public. To achieve this it will need its own dedicated website and a social media strategy.
Alongside IAPB, the Coalition includes representatives of:
- AGE Platform Europe
- AMD Alliance
- European Council of Optometry and Optics
- European Glaucoma Society
- European Men's Health Forum
- Health Consumer Powerhouse
- IDF Europe
- International Glaucoma Association
- Moorfields Eye Hospital
- Optical Confederation
- Vision Eye Research Unit, Anglia Ruskin University and
- VISION 2020 UK.