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A world in which everyone has access to the best possible standard of eye health; where no one is needlessly visually impaired; and where those with irreparable vision loss achieve their full potential.


To achieve universal access to eye health, by:

  • 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.


  • Alignment with Universal Health Coverage (UHC) – We align ourselves with the principles of Universal Health Coverage (UHC) set out by the World Health
    Organisation (WHO) and strive to integrate our systems within this framework. We pursue practical and strategic opportunities to support the integration of eye health services into mainstream health provision
  • Sustainability – We are committed to ensuring responsible sustainability is at the forefront of our working practises
  • Quality – We are committed to providing the best quality service and achieving the best quality outcomes in all parts of eye health provision
  • Diversity and Inclusion – We value, respect and encourage diversity, and are impartial and non-discriminatory in all our activities to further the goals of inclusive working, partnerships and collaborations
  • Safeguarding – We respect the safety, well-being and rights of the communities we seek to serve and the people who work for us – wherever they are in the
    world and whatever the humanitarian or development challenges
  • Integrity – We are committed to ensuring we behave in accordance with these principles

Ways of Working

  • Partnerships and Collaboration – We commit to working with each other, and with others to advance our common mission. We recognise that only by working
    with each other and with others can our collective vision be realised
  • Transparency – We are open, transparent and honest. We communicate actively with stakeholders about our activities and make information publicly available (mindful of data protection requirements and any security implications of so doing)
  • Governance – We follow principles of good practice in governance and should be held responsible by others for what we do
  • Good data – We are committed to using the most up-to-date peer reviewed data and to ensure we are sharing current statistics and thinking with the wider public health and eye care audiences

  • President: Caroline Casey
  • Vice President and Board Chair: Babar Qureshi
  • Treasurer: Debra Davis

  • Rainer Brockhaus – CBM Christian Blind Mission
  • Jennifer Gersbeck – The Fred Hollows Foundation
  • Prof. Dr. Neeru Gupta – International Council of Ophthalmology (ICO)
  • Jess Blijkers – Light for the World
  • Dr. Cindy Tromans – World Council of Optometry (WCO)
  • Prof Haidong Zou – Shanghai Eye Disease Prevention and Treatment Center
  • Dr Caroline Harper – Sightsavers
  • Martine Abel-Williamson – World Blind Union
  • Jacqueline Grove – National Vision
  • Michelle Sylvanowicz – Bayer
  • Tania Ghiani – AbbVie
  • Stuart Cockerill – CooperVision
  • Iris Van Den Brande – Roche
  • Sarah Kohr – Amgen
  • Ella Goodwin – Vision Spring
  • Katie Buckley – J&J Vision

  • Derek Hodkey – Orbis International
  • K-T Overbey – Himalayan Cataract Project
  • Elizabeth Kurian – Mission for Vision
  • Fatima Kyari – International Centre for Eye Health
  • Bruce Spivey – Ophthalmology Foundation
  • Wei He – He Eye Specialist Hospital
  • Kashinath Bhoosnurmath – Operation Eyesight

  • Dr Francisco Martinez Castro – Latin America Regional Chair
  • Wolfgang Gindorfer – Europe Regional Chair
  • Dr Suzanne Gilbert – Seva Foundation/North America Regional Chair
  • Dr Rohit Khanna – South East Asia Regional Chair
  • Amanda Davis – Western Pacific Regional Chair\
  • Abdulaziz Ibrahim AlRajhi – EMRO Regional Chair
  • Dr Aaron Magava – Africa Regional Chair