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.
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 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.
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
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.
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
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 ?
They offered free cataract surgeries for the elderly.
VISION 2020 USA
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.
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
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.