VISION 2020: The Right to Sight was launched by WHO in February 1999. In the intervening years national governments and non-governmental organisations have progressively accepted this initiative as the best approach for improving eye health and preventing blindness.
The realisation of VISION 2020 requires a commitment to develop programmes serving populations at the district level, where needs can be assessed, resources identified and community support motivated. While the need for district planning is clear, the means of bringing this about is more difficult to define.
This manual, published in 2006, is an attempt to document some lessons learnt from three successful but different district models that have been developed in response to local conditions.
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).