Global Action Plan 2014-2019

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.

It is critical, for example, for preventing visual impairment from diabetes and premature birth, and also for the prevention and management of almost all causes of avoidable visual impairment.

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.”

The Goal:

  • Reduce Visual Impairment as a global public health problem

  • Secure access to rehabilitation for visually impaired services.

The Objectives:

  • 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.

What is the Global Action Plan?

What is the Global Action Plan’s target? How can it be achieved?

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What is Universal Eye Health?

Ensuring that all people have access to needed health services.

Universal Eye Health

World Sight Day

World Sight Day is celebrated on the 2nd Thursday of October.

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New Evidence

The IAPB Vision Atlas is tracking Global Action Plan (GAP) indicator data.

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