The WHO Global Action Plan 2014-19 supports the provision of effective and accessible eye care services for effectively controlling visual impairment including blindness. The WHO recommends strengthening eye care services through their integration into the health system, rather than through their provision in the vertical programme approach.
“Universal Eye Health: A global action plan 2014 – 2019″ (GAP) was unanimously adopted by Member States at the World Health Assembly in 2013 as part of WHA resolution 66.4.
The Global Action Plan’s vision:
“A world in which nobody is needlessly visually impaired, where those with unavoidable vision loss can achieve their full potential and where there is universal access to comprehensive eye care services.”
Reduce Visual Impairment as a global public health problem
Secure access to rehabilitation for visually impaired services.
Generate evidence on magnitude and causes of VI and use it in advocacy;
Develop and implement integrated national eye health policies and plans;
Ensure multi-sectoral engagement and effective partnerships.