In May 2013 the Sixty-sixth World Health Assembly adopted resolution WHA66.4 entitled ‘Towards universal eye health: a global action plan 2014–2019’. The resolution endorsed the draft action plan for the prevention of avoidable visual impairment for the period 2014–2019, which had been developed by the WHO Secretariat, in close consultation with Member States and international partners, following the request of Member States at the Sixty-fifth World Health Assembly in 2011.
The global action plan 2014–2019 (GAP ) aims to reduce avoidable visual impairment as a global public health problem and to secure access to rehabilitation services for the visually impaired. This should be achieved by expanding current efforts by Member States, the WHO Secretariat and international partners, improved coordination, efficient monitoring, focusing the use of resources towards the most cost-effective interventions, and developing innovative approaches to prevent and cure eye diseases.
The Global Action Plan document, is now available as an Accessible Word document with permission from the World Health Organization.
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).