Some of the most common eye health conditions are noncommunicable diseases (NCDs).
Globally, 41 million people die every year because of NCDs and at least 2.2 billion people live with vision impairment or blindness. One billion of those have a vision impairment or blindness that could have been prevented or treated. The COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated that healthcare services and strong health systems cannot be built overnight, and that governments must respond quickly to the growing burden of NCDs and multi-morbidity, and the need for better integrated care packages.
The Fred Hollows Foundation & the NCD Alliance have launched a policy brief which explores the impact of eye health conditions in society and health systems, and aims to identify key challenges and cost-effective solutions for the integration of eye care into health services.
The Guide outlines strategies and approaches proposed by WHO that provide practical, step-by-step support to Member States in the planning and implementation of integrated people-centred eye care (IPEC).