In May 2021, at the Seventy-fourth World Health Assembly, Member States endorsed two new ambitious global eye care targets for 2030:
1. 30 per cent increase in effective cataract surgical coverage and
2. 40 per cent increase in effective refractive error coverage.
In the lead up to World Sight Day, WHO will launch the first Report of the 2030 targets on effective coverage of eye care at United Nations Headquarters in New York, United States of America.
This report presents the first estimates of effective cataract surgical coverage and effective refractive error coverage to serve as a reference point to commence monitoring progress towards the 2030 global targets.
It also serves to highlight key gaps in current data and presents suggestions for additional efforts required to advance surveillance, policies and programmes for increasing the coverage of eye care interventions.