The global vision crisis was recognised at a meeting of world leaders for the first time in history. The heads of all 53 Commonwealth nations committed to action to achieve ‘quality eye care for all’ – a landmark decision that can change hundreds of millions of lives in the years ahead. The key clause (N0.33) is reproduced below:
- Heads welcomed global, regional and national efforts to combat malaria and other mosquito borne diseases, and committed to halve malaria across the Commonwealth by 2023. They also urged acceleration of efforts to reduce malaria globally by 90 percent by 2030. They further committed to take action towards achieving access to quality eye care for all, including eliminating blinding trachoma by 2020, which disproportionately affects women and children across the Commonwealth. Heads acknowledged the work done by the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust in that regard.Heads agreed that progress on these commitments should be considered every two years at the Commonwealth Health Ministers’ Meeting and progress should be reported at CHOGM.