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World Health Organization (WHO) had launched Global Initiative Vision 2020 “The Right to Sight” in Geneva in 18 February, 1999 to reduce the global burden of blindness. East Asia Region (SEARO) declared on 30th September 1999 for member countries to come forward with strategies and guidelines for the elimination of avoidable blindness from the region by 2020.
Nepal Eye Programme was launched in July 1992 to support the Prevention of Blindness Programme in Nepal. Similarly, Nepal Health Policy, 2074 has mentioned the Vision 2020 for the effective programme implementation for alleviation of blindness by the government and non-government programs.