There remains a significant funding gap to support access to eye health services, primarily within the national health care systems around the world.
The World Report on Vision puts the gap for unaddressed refractive errors and cataracts globally at $24.8 billion US dollars, but there is also significant return on investment with the Lancet identifying $411 billion of lost productivity.
Our vision for 2030, grounded in the Sustainable Development Goals and linked to our solid economic and social evidence base, provides a new and unique opportunity to attract interest in a global fund.
The integrated approach delivered through partnerships, wider coalitions and with a renewed strategic ambition can unlock new resources from funders who want to support big, sustained, integrated solutions. This will require us to build on existing networks and foster new relationships with major donors.
In addition, there needs to be a greater commitment to the prevention and treatment of sight loss in settings beyond health care from wider sectors including education, industry and businesses.
We also need a greater understanding of the benefit in productivity and economic stimulus which can result. This also applies to development funders and multi-lateral donors.