Global cost of correcting vision impairment from uncorrected refractive error

Objective: To estimate the global cost of establishing and operating the educational and refractive care facilities required to provide care to all individuals who currently have vision impairment resulting from uncorrected refractive error (URE). Methods: The global cost of correcting URE was estimated using data on the population, the prevalence of URE and the number…

Global magnitude of visual impairment caused by uncorrected refractive errors in 2004

Estimates of the prevalence of visual impairment caused by uncorrected refractive errors in 2004 have been determined at regional and global levels for people aged 5 years and over from recent published and unpublished surveys. The estimates were based on the prevalence of visual acuity of less than 6/18 in the better eye with the currently available…

WHO Global Action Plan 2014-2019

In May 2013 the Sixty-sixth World Health Assembly adopted resolution WHA66.4 entitled ‘Towards universal eye health: a global action plan 2014–2019’. The resolution endorsed the draft action plan for the prevention of avoidable visual impairment for the period 2014–2019, which had been developed by the WHO Secretariat, in close consultation with Member States and international…

Regional Action Plan for Universal Eye Health: Americas

According to World Health Organization (WHO) calculations, in 2010 more than 26 million people in the Region of the Americas suffered from a visual impairment. More than 3 million of them were blind and most were over the age of 50. However, nearly 80% of these cases could have been avoided.  In response to these problems, in 2013…

Regional Action Plan for Universal Eye Health: Western Pacific

Towards Universal Eye Health: A Regional Action Plan for the Western Pacific (2014–2019) presents the first such plan for the Region. While its main objectives are aligned with the global action plan for the prevention of avoidable visual impairment, the plan provides a regional context for WHO support to help address specific needs in Asia and the Pacific.…

Regional Action Plan for Universal Eye Health: Eastern Mediterranean

The WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean, in collaboration with the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness – Eastern Mediterranean Region (IAPB-EMR), IMPACT EMR and Prevention of Blindness Union (PBU) organized a regional workshop on WHO Global Action Plan 2014-2019 ‘Towards Universal Eye Health’ and Child Eye Health, from 18 to 20 March 2014 in Cairo, Egypt. …

VISION 2020 Action Plan 2006-2011

The global initiative known as ‘VISION 2020: the Right to Sight’ is an established partnership between the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB). It was launched in 1999 with the twin aims of eliminating avoidable blindness by the year 2020 and preventing the projected doubling of avoidable visual impairment…

WHO Action Plan for the Prevention of Avoidable Blindness and Visual Impairment 2009-2013

At the Sixty-first World Health Assembly in 2008, Member States requested that an action plan be developed that would address the eye-health agenda, and complement the existing Action plan for the global strategy for the prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases, endorsed in resolution WHA61.14. The World Health Organization (WHO) Secretariat developed a draft action plan for the prevention of avoidable blindness…