On October 9, Bayer colleagues worldwide came together to support World Sight Day (WSD) – an international day to promote awareness of avoidable blindness and its prevention – with various activities.
About 285 million people are visually impaired worldwide. About 90 percent of those affected live in developing countries. Preventable causes are as high as 80 percent of the total global visual impairment burden. With this in mind, Bayer was proud to be the sponsor of the World Sight Day event that was celebrated in Mexico City with top eye-health organizations paired with a series of lectures by renowned Mexican and international ophthalmology specialists. Hosted by the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) and the Mexican Society of Ophthalmology (SMO), this event showcased IAPB’s – and indeed the health sector’s – commitment to support the World Health Organization’s (WHO) ”Global Action Plan for the Prevention of Blindness & Visual Impairment – 2014-19.”
“We are delighted to have helped in putting such an event together,” said Gerhard Albrecht, Medical Director Mexico, Head Medical Hub Mexico/Central America/Caribbean. “Bayer is committed to preventing avoidable blindness in the region and the world.”