World Sight Day 2017 Activities Report is live

Communications Coordinator
Organisation: IAPB

World Sight Day celebrations in Oman, children holding drawings of eyes
The World Sight Day 2017 Activities Report is live! Compared to previous years the report is much bigger, pointing to the growing importance of eye health and World Sight Day.

The hunt

Putting together the report has been a long yet exhilarating experience (especially when finding events from places we haven’t before). We collated information from social media searches in different languages (Arabic, Chinese to Spanish and so many more), from the emails our members sent us and from the recipients of our World Sight Day promotional packs (we sent 130 packs to people all across the globe this year).

Highlights of the report

The report now has 608 events from 115 countries (a big uptick from the 92 countries we had last year). We report the maximum number of events from Africa followed by South-East Asia, while India reported the maximum numbers of events followed by USA, UK, Nigeria and Indonesia.

IAPB also had our own celebrations this year: the launch of the revamped IAPB Vision Atlas with the causes data and the Eye Inspire video series. We also held an event in London with students of ICEH.

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World Sight Day events
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  • Seminars
  • Online Events
  • Screening
  • Launch/Donation
  • Walk / Procession

Top Countries

  • Number of Events

Here are a few interesting events from the report:

Street Theatre to raise awareness – Dr K Zaman BNSB Eye Hospital – Bangladesh

Street drama to raise awareness about eye health

Street theatre to raise awareness about eye health/ Image Courtesy: Dr K Zaman BNSB Eye Hospital

Story telling is a compelling way of raising awareness! The group performed 20 shows at at different public places of greater Mymensingh region to raise awareness about eye health.


Using public transport to raise awareness – China

Using public transport to raise awareness on eye health

Using public transport to raise awareness on eye health

Orbis International partnered with JCDecaux Shanghai Bus Media and BiliBili (China’s biggest anime, comics and pop-culture site) to promote eye health on 50 buses, with messages on both sides of the bus.


Live broadcast of online cataract surgery training – China

Cataract surgery training session

Cataract surgery training session/ Image Courtesy: He Eye Hospital

He Eye Hospital partnered with Orbis International to do this as part of World Sight Day celebrations.


See Now – USA

Mural for World Sight Day

Mural for World Sight Day in NYC/ Image Courtesy: Brooklyn Street Art

Artist Rubin and artist John Bramblitt, who is blind together created a street-art mural in NYC to draw attention to avoidable blindness for World Sight Day.


Using popular comic-book characters – Japan

Special Jin-Jin comics for World Sight Day released by Alcon

Special Jin-Jin comics for World Sight Day released by Alcon/ Image Courtesy: Alcon

Alcon Japan used the original popular medical comic JIN – Jin to raise awareness about eye health. The three stories focused on: presbyopia, diabetic retinopathy and cataract in sequence.


Using songs – Cameroon


Nassang Mimba (Natty), staff member at Magrabi ICO Cameroon Eye Institute performed a song written by her on World Sight Day.


Using Facebook Live – HelpMeSee

Image promoting live Q&A session on cataract

Image promoting live Q&A session on cataract/ Image Courtesy: HelpMeSee

To celebrate World Sight Day, HelpMeSee (Hong Kong) held a live event on the Facebook page on 12th October at 1pm. HelpMeSee invited their eye care ambassador, Dr. Justin Tong, to have a live chat with the public by answering cataract related questions.


Using photos – USA, UK and Japan

What if the hundreds of pictures in your phone’s camera roll can restore a child’s sight? Johnson and Johnson’s Donate a Photo app (a free app for iOS and Android) does exactly that (the app is only available for residents of US, UK and Japan). One of the causes it supports is the Sight for Kids programme started in 2002 in partnership with Lions Club International Foundation.  To date, more than 24.1 million children have benefitted from this partnership. You can Donate one photo per day till January 31, 2018.


Putting the report together made me realize how far the reach of World Sight Day goes–and expanding my knowledge of world geography! Here is the link to the World Sight Day 2017 Activities Report again.

We hope you enjoy the report and get ideas to organize your celebrations for World Sight Day 2018!

Image on top: World Sight Day celebrations in Oman/ Image Courtesy: Saleh said AL-Harbi/ MoH