Today marks an important milestone for the eye health sector with the release of our new 10-year strategy 2030 In Sight: Ending Avoidable Sight Loss. This comes at a crucial time not only for our sector but for the wider health and development community.
Over the past two decades we have seen extraordinary progress under VISION 2020: The Right to Sight. We have the satisfaction of counting some tangible successes built on a foundation of collective action. Today, we are facing a myriad of interrelated global challenges; the Covid-19 pandemic and its aftermath, deepening social inequalities, the impact of climate change, an ageing population and an increase in non-communicable diseases. At the same time, there is a renewed recognition that good eyesight can unlock human potential and is critical to so many of the sustainable development goals. The adoption of the first United Nations (UN) General Assembly resolution on vision earlier this year cements our place as a major global development issue for the next decade. In this period of great challenge but also momentum, a collective framework for action has never been more important.
2030 In Sight offers a new approach for eye health aligned with the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the leave no one behind principle. At its core, it seeks to ensure that everyone has access to the eye care and rehabilitation services they need. It is an ambitious plan – but one we are well placed to achieve together.
Importantly, 2030 In Sight builds on the great work that has already been done and the major developments in the past few years including the WHO World Report on Vision, the Lancet Global Health Commission on Global Eye Health, and the recent United Nations General Assembly resolution on vision. This comes together under 3 key elements; elevate eye health as a fundamental economic, social and development issue; integrate within wider health care and activate consumer demand and market change.
This strategy was created by the sector, for the sector. It follows months of consultations with hundreds of experts from across the IAPB membership. We would like to thank all of you for your invaluable input which has got us to where we are today. It is, we hope, a document which we can be proud of. But more importantly we hope it is a strategy which we can all work together to deliver.
As we start the new decade, we have to believe that the Sustainable Development Goals are achievable, that Universal Health Coverage is possible and that ending avoidable sight loss is within our grasp. This strategy begins against this backdrop and sets out our collective plan to help deliver this ambition.
Caroline Casey, President of IAPB
Babar Qureshi, Chair of IAPB
2030 In Sight – A Regional Perspective