The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness issued the following statement:
The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness and the global eye health sector have worked in partnership with the World Health Organization (WHO) for over 45 years. The WHO’s leadership has been critical in taking us to the verge of eliminating trachoma and river blindness, the main infectious diseases that cause blindness, as well as blinding malnutrition in children, and significantly reducing the prevalence of vision impairment worldwide.
COVID-19 does not respect borders. Tackling it requires global cooperation. Now more than ever the WHO has a vital role in coordinating the global response and supporting governments and civil society to protect the vulnerable, including those who are blind or have sight loss. We call on world leaders to work together and support WHO’s efforts at this critical time.