The IAPB Western Pacific Region covers a wide mix of countries in the Pacific, Oceania and parts of Asia. With a population of more than 1.7 billion people, the region stretches over a vast area, from China and Mongolia in the north, to New Zealand in the south.
Cataract still accounts for the majority of blindness in most countries of the region and myopia and other forms of refractive error represent the main cause of visual impairment. Both conditions can be easily treated, with cost-effective interventions.
Across the Western Pacific, more training, programmes, health promotion, services and research are required to achieve the three objectives of the regional commitment: Towards Universal Eye Health: A Regional Action Plan for the Western Pacific (2014-2019).
Hero Image: A school girl has her eyes checked every 6-month at Hue Eye Hospital. Hue, Vietnam. Submitted by: Hanh Pham; Country: Vietnam; Organisation: Orbis International in Vietnam.