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GBD Region Map & Estimates of Vision Loss

Southern Sub-Saharan Africa

In 2020 in Southern Sub-Saharan Africa, there were an estimated 14 million people with vision loss. Of these, 480,000 people were blind.

Southern Sub-Saharan Africa

  • Number of countries
    6
  • Population (2020)
    82 million
  • Blindness (crude)
    0.60%
  • All vision loss (crude)
    17.50%
  • Proportion who are female
    58%
  • Gender ratio (age-std)
    1.08

Breakdown of vision loss chart

If you would like to explore these data in different ways, you can select:

  • Location: compare up to three different GBD Regions.
  • Time: look at trends in the data between 1990 and 2020.
  • Age: look at vision loss in 10 year intervals from 50 to 90+.
  • Cause: look at how different eye conditions cause distance vision loss. Cause data default to adults 50+ as most data is from this group.

You can then select the location, year, vision loss measure, age and gender to explore vision loss predicted by the VLEG/GBD 2020 model.

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Crude prevalence of vision loss in Southern Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, North Africa and Middle East, 2020

(all ages, males & females)

Source: Data from VLEG/GBD 2020 model, accessed via the IAPB Vision Atlas
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