Baroness Scotland said “Since the 2018 Heads of Government Commitment to quality eye care for all, including eliminating trachoma by 2020, I am pleased to say there have been positive developments on eye health in every region of the Commonwealth.
“The number of people at risk of trachoma has almost halved and Commonwealth countries are increasingly investing in eye health.
“Many Commonwealth countries have begun to address children’s vision in schools, improving their school performance, health and well-being.
“Yet even with these commendable achievements, eye health remains a major public health challenge. More than 1.1 billion people globally do not have access to the eye health services they need. Amongst our children, who are our future, 91 million live with vision loss and distressingly, these figures are projected to rise.
Global Parenting Expert, Jo Frost said “This is a cause I am extremely passionate about because as a young child myself, I was wearing glasses.
“Eye tests and affordable treatments, including glasses, totally transform the vision of generations to come. We can help boost test scores by the equivalent of up to six months of additional schooling, with glasses being one of the most effective health interventions. This is about our children’s future lives, their education.
Select the following video to view the speech by Jo Frost (3:08).