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Special Envoy on Vision – Letter of Support

By adding your name below, you are joining the call to the UN Secretary-General to appoint a Special Envoy on Vision to help fulfill the global commitment of reaching the 1.1 billion people who have a vision impairment and currently do not have access to the eye care services that they need.

The Letter of Support will be presented to the UN Secretary-General on World Sight Day 2022, including your name and organization, as a powerful representation of our sectors commitment to meeting and overcoming the challenges of providing accessible, available and affordable eye care to all by 2030.

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Secretary-General António Guterres
United Nations
UN Headquarters, S-3800
New York, NY 10017

Date

Your Excellency,

Appointment of a Special Envoy of the United Nations Secretary-General on Vision

We write as [number] civil society and private sector organizations, professional bodies, academic and research institutions, eye hospitals and the medical community, to call for the appointment of a Special Envoy of the Secretary-General on Vision.

The universal adoption of General Assembly Resolution 75/310 ‘Vision for Everyone: accelerating action to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals was a landmark moment for eye health. We were heartened to see this widespread global recognition of eye health and its potential to advance the Sustainable Development Agenda. While the passing of the resolution is significant, it marks the beginning of our journey, not the end. Now we turn to implementation and ensuring its promise is fulfilled.

At least 1.1 billion people experience sight loss because they do not have access to the eye health services they need. Vision impairment remains shaped by geographic, social, and economic circumstance. 90% of avoidable sight loss is experienced by people living in low- and middle-income countries and it remains the case that the poorest and most marginalised groups in countries of all income levels – including women, children, youth, persons with disabilities, older persons, indigenous peoples, local communities, refugees and internally displaced persons and migrants, are at greatest risk of losing their sight and being denied a sustainable, prosperous and equitable future. Resolution 75/310 made clear that no one should have to live with avoidable sight loss when solutions to address the problem exist.

Opportunities to spark generational-level change are rare. It requires the right global commitment, strong government and community support, a clear pathway forward, and the right leadership to guide the way. For vision, that moment has arrived. We strongly encourage you to appoint a Special Envoy of the Secretary-General on Vision to be the global champion and to support your office and the World Health Organization in achieving vision for everyone.

The Special Envoy on Vision will have the full support of the eye health sector behind them. With that support, they will help mobilise national action and political commitment, particularly in low- and middle-income countries where the need is greatest; promote cross-sector partnerships; and help raise much-needed public awareness of vision and eye health, tackling issues such as the stigma that is often associated with sight loss.

Unaddressed vision impairment impedes a state’s ability to eradicate poverty and reduce the inequalities and vulnerabilities that leave people behind, undermining the potential for individual and shared progress. However, avoidable sight loss is a global issue that is realistically within our grasp to solve by 2030. With a Special Envoy on Vision guiding our efforts, the eye health sector stands ready to support member states to accelerate national progress on eye health and fulfill their central, transformative commitment of the 2030 Agenda to “leave no one behind.”

We would like to conclude by extending our profound gratitude for your leadership on vision and eye health and your steadfast recognition of its potential to advance the Sustainable Development Agenda.

Yours sincerely,

Special Envoy on Vision – Letter of Support


Signatures

Name Job Title Name of Organization
Shivang Dave CEO & co-founder PlenOptika, Inc.
Shahina Pardhan Director Anglia Ruskin University
Nicola Chevis CEO Vision Aid Overseas
Arto Peura Key Account Manager Optomed Plc
Mohammad Shalaby Executive Director Magrabi Foundation
Robert Geneau Executive Director Kilimanjaro Centre for Community Ophthalmology
Andrew Bastawrous Founder & CEO Peek Vision
Moazziz Ali Khan Project Director NABP Eye Health Care Project, Lesotho
Matthew Burton Director International Centre for Eye Health, London School of Hygirnr & Tropical Medicine
Terje Iversen Director International Development cooperation Norwegian Association Of the Blind and Partially Sighted (NABP)
Neeru Tarneja Partner Khosla Surgical Industries
Derek Hodkey President & CEO Orbis International
Clémence Fraudeau Philanthropy Projects Leader L’OCCITANE Foundation
Jeff Todd President & CEO Prevent Blindness
Vinod Daniel Chief Executive Officer India Vision Institute
Iris M. Rush Executive Director The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO)
Danny Haddad Inclusive Eye Health & NTDs Director CBM Global Disability Inclusion
Langis Michaud Dean School of Optometry- Université de Montréal
Lynn Ward Executive Director, External Relations John A. Moran Eye Center, University of Utah
Saro Jahani President and CEO HelpMeSee Inc.
Alan Richards Chief Executive Officer Eye Samaritans International
Rajul Chanchani Ophthalmologist Norwegian Association of Blind and partially sighted
Kashinath Bhoosnurmath President & CEO Operation Eyesight Universal
Sangchul Yoon Professor Yonsei University College of Medicine
Mitchell Brinks President of the Board of Directors, MD, MPH Vision 2020 USA
Alberto Lazo Legua Director Ejecutivo Asociacion Civil Divino Niño Jesus
David Pyott President Ophthalmology Foundation
James Muecke Chair Sight For All
Michael McDougall President McDougall Communications
Umang Mathur Executive director Dr Shroff’s Charity Eye Hospital
Mark Carmichael Chief Executive Officer Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists
Baixiang Xiao Dr Affiliated Eye Hospital of Nanchang University
Shrikant Ayyangar Lead – Communications Mission for Vision
Elizabeth Kurian Chief Executive Officer Mission for Vision
Tin Aung Chief Executive Officer Singapore National Eye Centre
Arun Kumar Galli Lakshmi Narayanan Executive Director Appasamy Associates Private Limited
Dipak Kumar Sah General Secretary Nepalese Association of Optometrists
Antony Renny Manager – International marketing Aurolab
Godfrey Mwelwa Country Director Vision Aid Overseas
Mario Barbuto President Agenzia Internazionale per la Prevenzione della Cecità – IAPB Italia
Céline NOGUES Executive Director Organisation pour la Prévention de la Cécité (OPC)
Clare Gilbert Professor of International Eye Health London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
Nicholas Mutale Executive Director Lions Aid Zambia
Parag Sharifuzzaman Coordinator Dr. K. Zaman BNSB Eye Hospital
Victoria M. Sheffield Former Vice President International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness
Anna Barba Giro CEO Fundació Ulls del Món (Eyes of the world Foundation)
Kathy Spahn President and CEO Helen Keller Intl
John M Barrows President and CEO International Eye Foundation
Ahmed Trabelsi President Emeritus Nadi Al Bassar
Najmus Saquib Hameed Chairman Layton Rahmatulla Benevolent Trust (LRBT)
Dr Kavita Kachroo Scientist-D Kalam Institute of Health Technology
Christopher Junge Global Business Associate Director, Avoidable Blindness Novartis
Yatendra Sharma Associate Director – Global Health Program Novartis Pharma AG
AKM Akhtaruzzaman Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Ispahani Islamia Eye Institute & Hospital
Maureen Tam Chief Executive The Hong Kong Society for the Blind
Thulasiraj Ravilla Executive Director LAICO – Aravind Eye Care System
Venkata S Murthy Gudlavalleti Director Indian Institute of Public Health Hyderabad
Sanjib Upadhyay General Secretary B.P. Eye Foundation
Lynne Hadley President AONT Association of Ophthalmic Nurses and Technicians (UK) Ltd
Ibrahim Wambai Usman National Chairman Nigerian Ophthalmic Nurses Association
Syumarti Ophthalmologist Indonesian ophthalmologist association west java indonesia
Ashley Mills CEO The Vision Council
Peter Holland CEO IAPB
K-T Overbey CEO HCP Cure Blindness
Ian Wishart CEO Fred Hollows Foundation
Stacey Troha Chief Executive Officer Lions Eye Bank of Wisconsin
Kevin Corcoran CEO Eye Bank Association of America
Kate Moynihan CEO Seva
Mark Adjei-Gyamfi Ophthalmic nursing Ghana ophthalmic nurses society
Carinna Krantz Therapeutic Counsellor & Coach Coach Carinna Consulting, Sweden & Global
Dr. Sailesh kumar Mishra Executive Director Nepal Netra Jyoti Sangh
Yoko Saiki Global Head of Corporate Strategy Santen Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.
Dr. (Mrs) Champa Banagala Consultant Ophthalmologist, National Coordinator Vision 2020 Sri Lanka
Anil Gorkhaly Country Director, Nepal Eye Care Foundation
Heather Machin Chair Global Alliance of Eye Bank Associations
Heather Machin Global Lead International Ophthalmic Nurses Association
Graeme Pollock Director Lions Eye Donation Service
Luke Weinel Chair Eye Bank Association of Australia and New Zealand
Joanna McCulloch President Australian Ophthalmic Nurses Association
Anshu Taneja Managing Director VisionSpring
Leonor Beleza President Champalimaud Foundation
Andy Harbidge Managing Director Keeler
Frances Gentle President International Council for Education of People with Visual Impairment
Danielle Maher Programme Manager WSPOS
Anna Moretti Marketing Specialist Adaptica Srl
Reade Fahs CEO National Vision, Inc. – Duluth, GA
Laura Ramirez MBA Instituto Mexicano De Oftalmologia
KaSondra Byrd Division Manager – Global Grants Lions Clubs International Foundation
Abdulla Junaid Dr Vision Clinic
Bhushan Punani Vice President ICEVI
Lisa Buckland Eye Bank Manager Lions Eye Bank of Western Australia
Carmen Abesamis-Dichoso Optometrist Abesamis Eye Care and Contact Lens Center
Manal Taryam CEO Noor Dubai
J. Kevin White Executive Director Global Vision 2020
Hannah Faal Former President IAPB
Ella Gudwin CEO VisionSpring
Caroline Harper CEO Sightsavers
Serge Resnikoff President Organisation pour la prévention de la cécité
Fatoumata Diouf Regional Director Sightsavers
Mamadou Tafsir Diallo Country Director – Guinea Sightsavers
Iris Van den Brande Principal Global Patient Partnership Director Ophthalmology F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd.
John Mulka Chair Eye Health Aotearoa
Phanindra Nukella Chief Executive Officer VISION 2020: The Right to Sight-INDIA
Dr Jitendra Sharma Executive Director Kalam Institute of Health Technology
Ravi Vital Kandisa Chief Operating Officer Kalam Institute of Health Technology
Fadhalu Abdullahi Monitoring and Evaluation Officer Sightsavers
Otene Ogwuche WASH BCC Consultant Sightsavers
Christian Nwosu Digital Health Advisor Sightsavers
Nicolas Labesa Driver And Administrative Assistant Sightsavers
Justina Agaji Program Officer Inclusive Education Sightsavers
Busisiwe Mzyece Head of Programmes Council for the Blind in Zimbabwe
David Okorafor Project Officer Sightsavers
Joy Tarbo Communications intern Sightsavers
Helen Pancen Support Services Intern Sightsavers
Rasak Adekoya Programme Development Advisor Sightsavers
Anita Gwom Anita Senior Programme Manager Sightsavers
Sunday Isiyaku Country Director Sightsavers, Nigeria
James Tolorunshagba DHIS2 Consultant Sightsavers
Grace Aduak Program Assistant Sightsavers
Amah Barho Galadima Program Assistant Sightsavers
Joshua Taiwo Programme Officer Sightsavers
Dennis Adamu Finance and Logistics Officer Sightsavers
Olalekan Lawal Programme Assistant Sightsavers
Folake Ibrahim Data Officer Sightsavers
Mohammed Rilwan Programme Officer Sightsavers
Patience Abet Programme officer Sightsavers
Yusuf Abdulrahman Finance and Logistics Officer Sightsavers
Sirajo Dayyabu Programme officer Sightsavers
Catherine Kajang Program Assistant Sightsavers
Maryam Aminu Programme Officer SBC Sightsavers
Audu Butrus Driver and Admin Assistance Sightsavers
Joseph Istifanus Driver and Admin Assistance Sightsavers
Eunice Dogo Program Officer Sightsavers
Mamadou Coulibaly Country NTDs Manager Sightsavers
Rose Sedjro NTD Programme Department Coordinator Sightsavers
Abrak Gimba Monitoring and Evaluation Officer Sightsavers
Olumide Ajayi Programme Assistant Sightsavers
John Adamu Chindo Lead Driver Sightsavers
Yushau Adamu LNTDC LGA
Hassan usman Jantullu Ntd co ordinator AREWA LGA
Abubakar Mohammed LNTDC LGA
Atiku Abubakar Ntd coordinator LGA
Umaru Ibrahim LNTDC LGA
Danladi Ibrahim LNTDC LGA
Usman Babangida Coordinator LNTDC
Maryam Ibarahim jabbo State team Neglected tropical diseases
Kulu Umaru Assistant NtDs coordinator State ministry of health
Abdullahi Sani State Ntd Team Kebbi State Ministry Health Ntd Office
Zaharaddeen Kabir Alhassan State NTD team State ministry of health
Umar Shehu State NTDs team Kebbi State Ministry of Health
Umar Muhammad Libba State NTDs team Kebbi State Ministry of Health
Musa Lawal NTDs LGA
Babangida Usman Coordinator Local government
Nilesh Mehta Franchise Head, Ophthalmology Roche AG
Bamaiyi Danbauchi NTDS Co-Ordinator Zuru LGA
Garba Ibrahim M LNTDC LGA MYM
Hamza Saadu LNTD LGA
Lawali Abdulmumini LNTDC L/Govt
Adamu Abdullahi ASS NTDs Coordinator ZURU LGA
Muhtar Bande LNTDS KALGO LGA
Sani Gaiya Support Services Manager Sightsavers
Mark John Gyabi Driver/Administrative Assistant Sightsavers
Barbara Anang Marok Programme Officer Sightsavers
Tochukwu Jamike Optometrist Sightsavers
Joy Shuaibu Director, Programme Operations Sightsavers Nigeria Country Office
Pelagie Boko-Collins Senior Programme Manager Sightsavers
Rauf Ibrahim Data Coordinator Sightsavers
Lilia Iosilevich Communications Consultant Eye Care Foundation
Phoebe Hindan Monitoring and Evaluation Officer Sightsavers
Esther Angulu Programme Manager – Social Inclusion Sightsavers
Emmanuel Johnson Monitoring and Evaluation Officer Sightsavers
Monday Okwoli Disability Inclusion Advisor Sightsavers
Selben Penzin Senior Program Manager – Eye Health Sightsavers
Emmanuel Marcus Driver and Admin Assistant Sightsavers
Obinna Awiaka President Nigerian Optometric Association
Josiah Onyango Chief Executive Officer College of Ophthalmology of Eastern Central &Southern Africa
Sophie Genin General Delegate Fondation L’OCCITANE
Bo Moeller Linnebjerg Global Key Account Manager KJAER & KJAER A/S
Muhammed Abdulsalam MEL Officer Sightsavers International
Anthony Wani Country Director, Uganda Country Office Sightsavers
Khumbo Kalua Director Blantyre Institute for Community Outreach
Akeem Yusuf Driver And Administrative Assistant Sightsavers
Annie Curtis Program Officer Latter-day Saint Charities
Aplos Nyathi Director Council for the Blind – Zimbabwe
Rohit Khanna Network Director L V Prasad Eye Institute
Lakshmi Shinde CEO Optometry Council of India
Lori McCoy Director Moran Global Outreach, University of Utah
Thomas Huggler GVL NGO Oertli Instrumente AG
Ricardo Calvo Institutional Partnerships VisionSpring
Jakob Prechtl Owner Prechtl TechSolutions
Donovan Livingston Business Development Specialist Good-Lite Company
Manchima Makornwattana Associate Professor in Ophthalmology The Royal College of Ophthalmologist of Thailand
Navapol Kanchanaranya Dr. RCOPT
Wanicha Chuenkongkaew Professor President, Royal college of Ophthalmology of Thailand
Daujir Mallim Optician Association of Nigerian Dispensing Opticians
Yusuf Jovial Sani Programme Monitoring and Support Officer Sightsavers
Sewuese Bitto Consultant Ophthalmologist Federal Medical Center Abuja
Patrick Wambui Business Development Manager VisionSpring
Josie Noah Chief Global Officer SightLife
Samuel Thomas Finance Intern Sightsavers
Ruth Mugo Africa Program Manager VisionSpring
Kaushik Bhakat Founder Urjavya Foundation
James Gajmer Project Coordinator Seva Kendra Siliguri
Johnny Cooper Principal Cooper Coleman LLC
Doris Macharia Snr Vice President, Global Programs Orbis International
Martin Börgel CEO German Society for Tissue Transplantation (DGFG)
Martin Börgel General Secretary World Union of Tissue Banking Associations Inc. (WUTBA)
Maria Crowley Project Manager WSPOS
Perry Sella Global Director, Supply Chain VisionSpring
Philip Maier President European Eye Bank Association
Victoria Odey Procurement & Logistics Officer Sightsavers
Carol Marie Webster Creative Director NearsightedGlobe
Chanda Chileshe Program Coordinator VisionSpring
Carla Ayres-Musa Executive Director Belize Council for the Visually Impaired (BCVI)
Tinuke Adeyinka Business Development & Global Partnerships Manager VisionSpring
Moses Chege Country Director Sightsavers
Collin Ross Vice President Global Development Eversight
Braj Mohan Kumar Director Iris world eye hospital
Rani Singh Incharge Iris world eye hospital
Prasenjit Sarkar Administrator Sanjeev Netralaya
Priyanka Sinha Chairman Birsa Eye Hospital &Research Centre
Benedict Mutethya Programme Manager Sightsavers
John Randall Optometrist John W. Randall, OD, MPH
Samuel Eshitemi Omukuba Project Officer Sightsavers
Everlyn Ng’ang’a Programme Officer-Inclusive Education Sightsavers
Micah Odete Finance & Support Service Officer Sightsavers
Lalan Singh Mahto Secretary & Co-founder Rishti Suraksha Kendra
Pauline Nguni Monitoring Evaluation and Learning Manager Sightsavers
Peter Otinda Programme Manager Sightsavers, Kenya Country Office
Siegfried Wahl Principle Investigator & Director ZEISS Vision Science Lab University Tübingen
Martha Ng’ele Program Assistant Sightsavers
Lukundo Sinyangwe Hub Manager Live Well
Zayyad Farouq Ophthalmologist EHA Clinics
Mary Miller Communications Intern VisionSpring
Marion Lieser CEO Light for the World
Tobi Amokeodo Program Manager REACH; EHA Clinics
Md. Tohidul Islam SCO Lead VisionSpring
Jess Blijkers International Director Programmes and Advocacy Light for the World
Adesuwa Agbontaen Optometrist Alpha zone eye clinic
Chimezie obi-mgbam Consultant ophthalmologist National Eye Health Programme, Federal Ministry Of Health, Abuja
Pradip Kumar Roy Chairman Lions Seva Eye Hospital
Nitesh Kumar Tiwari Senior Manager Operations Sri Sai Lions Netralaya
Thakur Dharmendra Singh Director Laxman Eye Hospital
Francis Kalusa Programme Manager Sightsavers
Abdulaziz AlRajhi Chairman EMR region IAPB
Enalla Banda Programme Officer Inclusive Eye Health Sightsavers
Raúl Sousa President Associação de Profissionais Licenciados de Optometria
Sumit Chawla Optical Business Head Akhand Jyoti Eye Hospitals
Osayi Alile Chief Executive Officer Aspire Coronation Trust Foundation
Charles Odol Senior Project Officer Sightsavers
Dr Lila Raj Puri Medical Advisor Fred Hollows Foundation
Kanchan Chatterjee Chairman Bhadreswar Netradarpan Welfare Foundation
Liz Smith Co-founder & CEO EYElliance
Rainald Duerksen Founder Fundación Visión
Roselyne Olewe Nyunya Programme Manager/Chief of Party GLP Sightsavers
Chipo Mweemba Optometrist MOH
Jayant Jha Practice Management Consultant Shree Jagtarani Vision Foundation (SJVF)
Rainer Brockhaus Chief Executive Officer CBM Christoffel-Blindenmission Christian Blind Mission e.V.
Peter Schießl Chief Executive Officer CBM Christoffel-Blindenmission Christian Blind Mission e.V.
Devendra Prasad Abhinandan Optometrist RKDF MEMORIAL Swasthya Seva sadan Laukahi Madhubani Bihar
Steven Egesa Program driver Fred Hollows Foundation Kenya
Warapat Wongsawad Dr. Mettapracharak Eye Hospital, MoPH, Thailand
Osamudiamen Ogiemudia Public Health & Low Vision Optometrist Vision Theatre Eye Clinic, Benin City, Nigeria.
Ezhie Eyime Optometrist Vasovi Eye Clinic
Diana Edralin General Manager Roche (Philippines), Inc.
Jacqueline Kozak Thiel Global Programs Director Bohemian Foundation
Lois Schoenbrun Executive Director Optometry Giving Sight
Neil Blumenthal co-Founder and co-CEO Warby Parker
Dave Gilboa co-Founder and co-CEO Warby Parker
Jane Barratt Secretary General International Federation on Ageing
Muriel Guigue Head of Philanthropy Cartier Philanthropy
Anurag Hans Head of Mission, EssilorLuxottica & President, OneSight EssilorLuxottica Foundation OneSight EssilorLuxottica Foundation