School eye-health services are far too often a neglected part of child health interventions – at the expense of a student’s potential. The need to address how we effectively integrate eye health into new and established health programmes is vital to combat the ever-increasing need for care.
With a landmark UN Resolution for Vision and strong links to the Sustainable Goals agenda SDG 4 Education, we want to raise the advocacy, awareness, and knowledge of this key eye health area with policy and decision makers from across eye health and education.
As part of this programme we will be delivering an event, a webinar as well as curating expert opinion pieces and case studies that focus on this important issue.
Commenting on Focus On Child Eye Health Priya Morjaria, Co-Chair of the IAPB Child Eye Health Working Group said “The COVID-19 pandemic had led to a global learning disruption of unprecedented scale and a disruption in health systems like we have never seen. At IAPB we know there is an intrinsic link between health and educational outcomes. For example, children with clear, healthy vision are more likely to excel in their studies and better engage with their peers. All children deserve an education, and a child’s potential should not be compromised simply because they cannot see clearly.”
IAPB wants to hear from people and organizations that are working in these two areas and learn more about initiatives that are advancing child eye health and gender equity. For more information contact Saloni Nagpaul at [email protected]
Focus on Child Eye Health is supported by CooperVision.