VISION 6/6.2020 DAY

A Celebration of International Partnerships – 5th June, 2020

The VISION LINKS partnership was created as a part of the global ‘VISION 2020: The Right to Sight’ initiative, a joint programme between the World Health Organisation (WHO) and The International Association for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB).

The date 6th June 2020 (6.6.2020) provided a unique milestone for vision: good visual acuity can be described as 6/6 (m) or 20/20 (ft). The LINKS partners decided to take the opportunity to celebrate the programme with a one-off webinar, highlighting the programme’s successes.

The day was hosted by the VISION 2020 LINK between The College of Ophthalmology of Eastern, Central and Southern Africa (COESCA) and The Royal College of Ophthalmologists (RCOphth), with assistance from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM).

Over 300 eye care professionals came together virtually from 26 different countries. Throughout the webinar, delegates contributed through small and large group discussions, polls and feedback to give their input and help plan for the future. New approaches, technologies and ways of working were explored to develop existing programmes and grasp new opportunities.


Session 1 -VISION 6/6.2020 – a Celebration of International Partnerships

  • Global blindness/VISION 2020 LINKS Programme/COECSA-RCOphth LINK

Session 2: Learning from Eye Care VISION 2020 LINK Partnerships

  • Presentations from LINK partnerships/Rb Network

Session 3: Learning from Eye Care VISION 2020 LINK Partnerships (pt. 2)

  • Presentations from LINK partnerships/DR Network

Session 4: Training, Learning and the Future

  • Training the Trainers/Surgical Training/Research and Leadership


  • There were 298 responses to an evaluation questionnaire sent after the day
  • 96 attendees were part of a LINKS Programme
  • Attendees came from 26 different countries
  • The majority of attendees were ophthalmologists and ophthalmic professionals such as nurses and optometrists
  • 84% of attendees found the webinar ‘valuable’ or ‘very valuable’
  • 99% of attendees would be interested in the partnership being an annual event

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