1. Elevate: DR & Sustainable Development Goals
Low- and middle-income countries account for approximately 80% of the global diabetes burden yet many are ill equipped to properly identify, treat, and manage the complex and varied consequences of this disease. Untreated diabetes and the associated vision loss can result in economic, social, and developmental impediments to the wellbeing of individuals and societies.
The United Nations General Assembly has adopted the ‘Vision for Everyone; accelerating action to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals‘ Resolution. The resolution is the first agreement on eye health and vision to be adopted by the United Nations and enshrines eye health as part of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. Focus on Diabetes will explore some of the social, economic and development issues associated with Diabetes, DR, and vision loss due to DR.