Matthew Burton, Director, International Centre for Eye Health discusses the impact of COVID-19 on the ICEH’s work. Although the pandemic has effected research programmes at ICEH, there have been some positive learnings from this as they have adapted to alternative ways of working. The Community Eye Health Journal recently published a special COVID-19 edition which has received very positive feedback. People from around the world have contributed articles to it, sharing their guidance on how they have adapted their work and practices during the pandemic to help serve the eye health community.
Matthew also discusses the Lancet Global Health Commission on Global Eye Health, a report that he and others globally have been working on, analysing the current state of eye health, and the economic and health impacts that this has on low, middle, and high income countries. The report will complement the World Report on Vision, and is intended to be a useful advocacy tool in terms of addressing eye health, as well as for health and broader development. The Lancet Global Health Commission on Global Eye Health will be published in December 2020.