World Sight Day 2014 is on 9 October 2014 (the second Thursday of October). World Sight Day 2013 saw numerous organizations putting together events of great verve and colour to draw attention to avoidable blindness and rehabilitation. 2014 is the first year of the WHO Global Action Plan and IAPB encourages our members and partners to continue with our rolling theme:
Universal Eye Health
This year, the ‘Call to Action‘ for World Sight Day is:
No more Avoidable Blindness
The Call to Action will draw attention to a few key interventions that are crucial for the success of GAP’s target – reducing avoidable blindness by 25%, by 2019. Using the call to action as a clarion call, organisations can identify various aspects of GAP that need urgent attention. They are also invited to customise the call to action, to their disease area – “No more Cataract” or “No more Trachoma” for example.
IAPB identifies the following areas for intervention that are needed to usher in Universal Eye Health. Governments must:
- Collect better evidence on the magnitude and prevalence of blindness prevention
- Train more eye care professionals
- Provide comprehensive eye care services and integrate them into existing health provision/ systems
- Identify and eliminate social and economic obstacles, particularly for the poor and the marginalised.
How will the new IAPB designs look like this year? Here’s a sneak peek!
You are welcome to customise the call to action to a disease area or focal issue. Here are some examples: