World Sight Day (WSD) observed annually on the second Thursday of October, is a global event meant to raise public awareness of blindness & visual impairment, influence Governments/Ministers of Health to participate in and designate funds for national blindness prevention programmes and educate target audiences about blindness prevention.
The theme of World Sight Day 2017 is: Universal Eye Health. The theme is in keeping with the WHO’s Action Plan 2014-2019 and will be used for the next couple of years as a rolling theme. Each year, however, has a ‘Call to Action’, and for 2017 it is: "Make Vision Count"
4 out of 5 blind people are needlessly impaired; let’s work together for the elimination of avoidable blindness.
About 285 million people are visually impaired worldwide. Preventable causes are as high as 80% of the total global visual impairment burden.
90% of the world's visually impaired people live in developing countries.
Invest in eye health – increase budget allocations to address need.
Address the human resources crisis in eye health – invest in training, innovation and research
Integrate eye health at every level of the health system.
Withdraw user fees to the poorest.
The annual World Sight Day provides an opportunity to become more aware and more committed to ensuring the right to sight for all. Hundreds of events will take place throughout the world to mark this occasion.
Credit: International Agency For the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB)
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