Planning for VISION 2020 at the District Level: A Manual

VISION 2020: The Right to Sight was launched by WHO in February 1999. In the intervening years national governments and non-governmental organisations have progressively accepted this initiative as the best approach for improving eye health and preventing blindness. The realisation of VISION 2020 requires a commitment to develop programmes serving populations at the district level, where needs can be…

Mapping Human Resources for Eye Health in Sub-Saharan Africa: Progress towards VISION 2020

Development of human resources for eye health (HReH) is a major focus of the global VISION 2020 strategy to reduce the prevalence of avoidable visual impairment by 25% by the year 2020. The eye health workforce is thought to be much smaller in sub-Saharan Africa than other regions of the world but information on it…

Guidelines for Eye Health Committees

The success of VISION 2020: The Right to Sight rests on coordinated action by different sections of government, civil society, international partners, donors and the private sector. Countries are advised to set-up a national coordinating mechanism, or a Committee, to develop a national plan and oversee activities for blindness prevention. Specifically, ‘Towards Universal Eye Health: a Global Action Plan 2014-2019’ (adopted…

The accomplishments of the global initiative VISION 2020: The Right to Sight and the focus for the next 8 years

In the first 12 years of VISION 2020 sound programmatic approaches have been developed that are capable of delivering equitable eye health services to even the most remote and impoverished communities. A body of evidence around the economic arguments for investment in eye health has been developed that has fuelled successful advocacy work resulting in supportive high…

Workshop Report: A VISION 2020 Workshop on Research for Global Blindness Prevention

On 27–29 September 2010 a VISION 2020 workshop on research for global blindness prevention was held at Lions Aravind Institute of Community Ophthalmology (LAICO) in Madurai India. The meeting was sponsored by IAPB and supported by the International Council of Ophthalmology (ICO). The meeting was organised by LAICO and funded by ORBIS, CBM and Sightsavers.…

National Eye Health Coordinator Manual

This manual is intended to help National Eye Health Coordinators (NECs) in developing countries to understand and fulfill their roles. While it is impossible to produce one set of guidelines and suggestions that will be ideal for every country, there are enough similarities in the problems faced that some generalisations are appropriate and useful. It will be up to the individual NECs…