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This year’s World Sight Day is just past (11th October 2018 to be exact). World Sight Day was celebrated across the IAPB membership with press conferences, walks, outreach activities, events with MoH, and more, and we loved seeing all of your celebrations and tags on social media.
We have already received emails from many of you, apprising us of your celebrations and some of you have filled out our form.
All of this feeds into our World Sight Day Activities Report, which will be released end of January 2019. Last year we hit 600 events, our hope is to hit 1000 this year to show the role eye health plays!
Before, our report comes out, we thought we’ll put together our member celebrations as seen on their social streams.
This is in no way, an indicator of all the events that took place , but are only snippets as seen by us on social media.
They auctioned limited edition LFC T-shirts.
Celebrate World Sight Day with us and Jürgen Klopp by bidding on special #SeeingIsBelieving limited-edition signed @LFC shirts. Visit https://t.co/WzD8VHbp5t now for more details and help us tackle avoidable blindness. It takes all of us to #StandRed. pic.twitter.com/TYnwDyJiQw
— Standard Chartered (@StanChart) October 11, 2018
They had events in multiple countries. In Durban, they held screenings for the elderly, in malls and in schools. In Sri Lanka, they were part of a walk and subsequent conference. In Nigeria, they held a sensitization walk. In Uganda, they held screenings for school students.
#WorldSightDay started off in a high note for the Durban team when we collaborated with McCord Provincial Eye Hospital screening the eyes of old aged residents of Verulam Day & Frail Care Centre. #EyeCareEverywhere @brienholden @IAPB1 pic.twitter.com/FaKxMNVEpd
— Brien Holden Vision (@brienholdenSA) October 10, 2018
They held multiple events in different countries. In Pakistan, they held screenings in remote districts. They held an event in Senegal, which was attended by the Minister of Health. In Kenya, they held a camp for TT and cataract surgery. In Nigeria, they held an event focusing on retinoblastoma. In Bangladesh, they took to the streets to raise awareness about eye health. In Uganda, they held an event for World Sight Day where school-children performed songs. In Zambia, they held eye screenings. In India, they held several events that included screenings, competitions etc. In London, they held a charity concert.
@Sightsavers celebrated World Sight Day in remote districts of Pakistan involving the local communities such as transgenders. On this occasion, national scale of blindness was highlighted. People was screened for any eye care problems, to improve the uptake of eye care services. pic.twitter.com/gSDmwKMlVs
— Munazza Gillani (@monagilani) October 17, 2018
They celebrated in their offices with decorations and food.
Eye Care Everywhere! Let’s make a difference. ?@OurChildrensVsn @IAPB1 #WSD2018 #EyeCareEverywhere #WorldSightDay pic.twitter.com/SiaioM0qAU
— World Council of Optometry (@WorldCouncilOpt) October 11, 2018
Employees helped Lions of France hold screenings in City Hall of Paris.
A l’occasion de la #journéemondialedelavue, des salariés #bénévoles ont aidé notre partenaire @LionsFRANCE à réaliser des dépistages oculaires gratuits dans les Mairie de Paris ! ? Une belle façon pour eux de s’engager pour la vue et d’être au contact de bénéficiaires ?? pic.twitter.com/yOalsnxR94
— Fondation L’OCCITANE (@Fdt_LOccitaneFR) October 14, 2018
They offered free eye check-ups from their mobile ophthalmic unit.
Check-up oculistici gratuiti per tutti a Roma in piazza delle Gardenie fino all’11 ottobre. Info: https://t.co/0DWN6yBkL1 pic.twitter.com/HEpaniXMkY
— IAPB Italia onlus (@IAPB_Italia) October 9, 2018
In Bangladesh, they held multiple events with partners that included CBM, VisionSpring, Sightsavers, Helen Keller International, The Fred Hollows Foundation etc. across Bangladesh including a walk.
In Ethiopia, they launched an illustrated storybook. In Zambia, they held an event, where the Zambian Minister of Health Dr Chilufya was given a tour and live demo of an eye exam at the University Teaching Hospital. In Ghana, girls combined World Sight Day and International Day of the Girl Child to march in yellow school uniforms and raise placards with key information on eye health and eye treatment. In Singapore, they held a mass blindfold luncheon for over 200 participants to celebrate World Sight Day.
In Hong Kong, they partnered with the Hong Kong Ophthalmological Society and provided free dry eye examinations by ophthalmologists for citizens. They also held a press event to share the results of an online survey conducted about dry eye syndrome.
For world sight day this year 18 of our partners and team celebrated across Bangladesh. Thanks to @qatar_fund and all of our partners for helping to spread awareness and treatments for eye conditions. @OrbisBangladesh pic.twitter.com/7xziDFpNCl
— QatarCreatingVision (@QCV_Sight) October 16, 2018
They held a gala for World Sight Day.
They held a Reddit session for World Sight Day.
Ask them anything! Wilmer Eye Institute and Dana Center faculty will be answering your questions from 10a.m. – 2p.m. on World Sight Day, Thurs., Oct. 11: https://t.co/tOo1tFUGg7. @reddit_AMA pic.twitter.com/Qn761kNHUz
— JohnsHopkinsMedicine (@HopkinsMedicine) October 11, 2018
They observed World Sight Day with their partners through rally’s, plays and more.
They celebrated by holding screenings and other activities in Vietnam, Cambodia, Nepal and Tanzania.
They took part on a FM radio segment for World Sight Day.
Dr. Ashaye on CityFM 105.1 giving a talk on blindness and vision impairment.
Kindly let us know if you have any questions in the comments below@city1051 @IAPB1#wsd2018 #eyecareeverywhere #eyecare #wsd2018nigeria #nigeria pic.twitter.com/h5cg3ikalY
— Eye Foundation (@eyefoundationng) October 12, 2018
They raised awareness about amblyopia.
They celebrated World Sight Day with a fundraising challenge.
@UllsdelMon ha tratado y recuperado 500.000 miradas, y queremos tratar a 500.000 más. Celebramos el #DíaMundialdelaVisión planteando este reto. ¿Nos ayudas? Descúbrelo aquí: https://t.co/TAfq64N7Hr. ¡Gracias! pic.twitter.com/Zk2q6tWs1w
— Ulls del món (@UllsdelMon) October 11, 2018
They held several activities: cataract surgeries, eye care for people with disabilities and more.
They launched a new programme for underserved children in Minnesota.
Today, on #WorldSightDay, HKI launched new programs to improve vision for underserved children in #Minnesota, starting in #SaintPaul. Read more in the Minneapolis Star Tribune @StribBiz: https://t.co/wQIOGcYXth … pic.twitter.com/zgodEnxwQd
— Helen Keller International (@HelenKellerIntl) October 11, 2018
They supported partners in various countries and also released a film.
“A blind person cannot go to school. Without our intervention, we are perpetuating a cycle of poverty. But the surgery is a simple process, lasting around 10 minutes.” Dr. Amos Aikins, Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital, Ghana #WorldSightDay #WSD2018 #EyeCareEveryWhere pic.twitter.com/ixx3QMmqfp
— Himalayan Cataract (@CureBlindness) October 11, 2018
The staff attempted to eat lunch blind-folded.
In a post yesterday, we mentioned that October 11 was World Sight Day and that this year’s theme was #EyeCareEverywhere.
To help us understand what it may be like to live without vision, we attempted to eat our lunches blindfolded. Below are some of our pictures. pic.twitter.com/iCd8cwrALK
— HelpMeSee (@HelpMeSee) October 12, 2018
They also marked World Sight Day by raising awareness about the need for eye check-ups.
They launched a comic-hero video to raise awareness about eye health.
They helped raise awareness about World Sight Day and visited their partners.
They held several activities at a mall: screenings, counseling and more.
ممتنين لحضوركم و دعمكم في فعالية #اليوم_العالمي_للبصر
شكراً لكل المتطوعين والداعمين كان يوم مميز وحضور مميز، فشكراً لكم? pic.twitter.com/DLvVYjiqVV
— مستشفى الملك خالد التخصصي للعيون KKESH (@KKESHKSA) October 12, 2018
They celebrated World Sight Day with a walk.
They held an awareness programme at one of their centres.
#WorldSightDay at Ballari District Hospital where the Mandal Eye Health Officer attended the program as chief guest. #WSD2018 program included an awareness program to #ASHA workers in Ballari urban area on common eye diseases and referral for care #EyeCareEverywhere pic.twitter.com/4i6YGc7ocB
— LVPEI (@lvprasadeye) October 12, 2018
They held various activities for World Sight Day and also released a video.
They celebrated World Sight Day with its partners in Kolkata, Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh and Assam, India.
Mission for Vision – MFV and its partners celebrate #WorldSightDay with activities and events across the country! Watch all the fun, screenings and learning that took place. #MFV #CaringCapitalism #WSD2018 #EyeCareEverywhere #AvoidableBlindness #eyehealth #eyecare @IAPB1 pic.twitter.com/w60sX2uJhn
— Mission for Vision (@mfv_org) October 11, 2018
They signed an MoU on World Sight Day with Dubai Health Authority to provide eye care to the poor in UAE.
They held an event for World Sight Day.
They celebrated World Sight Day in Italy, South Africa, Malaysia and USA.
What does celebrating #WorldSightDay look like to us? Take a peek into the action at our Malaysia clinic and see for yourself. pic.twitter.com/9pfRyAPf7e
— OneSight (@OneSightOrg) October 11, 2018
They declared several villages avoidable-blindness free in India.
Celebrations were also held in Nairobi.
They held a cricket tournament in Bengaluru, where players were blindfolded. They held a walk in Coimbatore. They held a walk in Shivamogga.
#WorldSightDay a day to rededicate to #EyeCareEveryWhere & #inclusion. #SankaraEyeHospital #Bengaluru hosted a #blind #cricket tournament.@karun126 not only inaugurated but also blindfolded to understand the world of #vision #impairment.@IAPB1 @Vision2020Info @spindoc_k pic.twitter.com/wo6aUWFT4T
— SankaraEyeFoundation (@SankaraV2020) October 11, 2018
They raised funds for World Sight Day and also announced their annual Humanitarian of the Year Awards recipients.
Every year for #WorldSightDay, SEE recognizes volunteer SEE Docs as our Humanitarians of the Year. This year, we are honoring Dr. Randy Rottman and Dr. Wanjiku Ciku Mathenge for their commitment to our mission of restoring sight. Read more at https://t.co/eZ20jb45af
— SEE International (@SEEIntl) October 11, 2018
They visited their partners in India, Nepal and Guatemala.
They held their annual #SweatforSight challenge to raise funds.
Project BOM was part of the launch of the eye care working group in Seoul for World Sight Day.
They released a policy brief calling upon the Indian gov’t to adopt, implement & scale-up prevention efforts to eliminate corneal blindness in India.
On World Sight Day 2018, SightLife released a policy brief calling upon the Indian gov’t to adopt, implement & scale-up prevention efforts to eliminate corneal blindness in India. #EyeCareEverywhere #EveryCorneaMatters *preview below – please see our website for the full brief* pic.twitter.com/qm7kS5fLHg
— SightLife (@SightLife) October 12, 2018
They held free eye screenings.
They held several events and released a PSA on Refractive Error and women accessing eye care.
Today is #WorldSightDay and in Nepal, #Tilganga has focused this year’s celebration on childhood blindness through an pediatric symposium hosted by Dr. Srijana Adhikari. In attendance were Dr. Bob Hoffman from the Moran Eye Center and Dr. Dechen Wangmo from Bhutan. #cureblindness pic.twitter.com/jyHwrN5VX4
— Himalayan Cataract (@CureBlindness) October 11, 2018
They celebrated World Sight Day across the regions they work in.
Here are some of our favourite photos from World Sight Day 2018 from across the regions we works in. You campaigned, promoted, marched, and tested sight, all in the name of ensuring #EyeCareEverywhere ?
— Fred Hollows NZ (@FredHollowsNZ) October 17, 2018
They had a segment on the radio.
They offered free cataract surgeries for the elderly.
They held a briefing at Capitol Hill, supported by various IAPB members like ARVO, Helen Keller International, Himalayan Cataract Project, International Eye Foundation, Lighthouse Guild, Lions Club International Foundation, Prevent Blindness, Vision Impact Institute, and more.
Amazing #WorldSightDay briefing on Capitol Hill today hosted by @Vision2020USA Thanks to @AOAConnect Dr. Terri Gossard and @ViceDeanFrick for your presentations! #EyeCareEverywhere pic.twitter.com/QAv5zg9FMI
— International Eye Foundation (@iefusa) October 11, 2018
In addition to their fundraising for World Sight Day, they held a lunch at their Headquarters.
Today we held our Big #WorldSightDay Lunch in our Head Office ?
Thank you to everyone who fundraised for World Sight Day, we are very grateful for your support! Please send in your photos to [email protected] All donations raised in October will be doubled! pic.twitter.com/I0UtgHGHyZ
— Vision Aid Overseas (@_VAO) October 16, 2018
They held multiple events in multiple countries: screenings and free cataract surgeries in India. In Uganda, they held an event in Kampala. In Nigeria, together with their partners they held a screening and awareness event. In Kenya, they held a screening event. In Zambia, with their partners that included Vision Aid Overseas they held screenings.
@VisionSpring partner, @EquitasBank, conducted free eye screenings & cataract surgeries in TN,#India for #WorldSightDay.#Equitas trust has partnered with VisionSpring to screen low-income communities & provide eyeglasses for clear vision
#EyecareEverywhere #WSD2018 #SeetoEarn pic.twitter.com/P3zMfoz7cw
— VisionSpring (@VisionSpring) October 16, 2018