VISION 2020: The Right to Sight

VISION 2020: The Right to Sight. Photo by Lannon Harley. The Foundation is allowed to use this photo in internal and external publications with credit.. . Father of five, Mohammad Hassan, is a former civil servant who now works as a labourer to support his family. . . The fifty-nine year old lives with his wife, Hajjan Hasan, and their three young sons. He also has two daughters from his first marriage, one of whom is married. The family live in the town of Seerani, a two hour bus ride from the main hospital in the Badin district, Sindh province, Pakistan.. . Mohammad heard about the annual eye camp at Badin District Hospital on the radio and read about it in his local newspaper.. . He decided to make the journey to Badin to seek treatment for his deteriorating vision in his right eye. At the hospital, he was diagnosed with cataract and underwent surgery to restore his sight.. . . *** Local Caption *** Father of five, Mohammad Hassan, was affected by cataract in his right eye. Mohammad travelled by bus for two hours to reach the eye camp held once a year at Badin District Hospital. He heard about the camp on the radio and saw announcements in his local newspaper. Badin District (Sindh province, Pakistan). Photo courtesy of Fred Hollows Foundation

VISION 2020: The Right to Sight is the global initiative for the elimination of avoidable blindness, a joint programme of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB).

VISION 2020: The Right to Sight was launched in 1999. It sought to promote: “A world in which nobody is needlessly visually impaired, where those with unavoidable vision loss can achieve their full potential.”

The VISION 2020 Global Initiative has subsequently been complemented and built upon by a series of additional plans. Read more…

World Sight Day

World Sight Day is an annual day of awareness held on the second Thursday of October.

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Global Action Plan

A Global Target of reducing prevalence of avoidable visual impairment by 25% by 2019.

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IAPB and VISION 2020

IAPB is the organisation that runs the VISION 2020:The Right to Sight global initiative.

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Vision Impairment Facts

Blindness and Visual Impairment: Global Facts. Key numbers from the WHO and Vision Loss Expert Group

Photo by Tantan Muhtar Hidayat; Indonesia; #StrongerTogether Photo competition.

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