vision 2020 links & networks programme

Powerful, sustainable partnerships 

Low and middle-income countries experience the vast majority of vision impairment, but have a significantly lower proportion of trained healthcare professionals to deal with the problem.

At ICEH we manage the VISION 2020 LINKS & Networks Programme, which aims to build long-term partnerships between eye care institutions in the UK
and low and middle-income countries.

Over 30 LINKS have been established, across 18 countries.

Over time, networks dedicated to specific topics have also developed, sharing knowledge and addressing capacity strengthening needs. So far there are networks for Diabetic Retinopathy, Retinoblastoma, Glaucoma and an emerging network for Retinopathy of Prematurity.

The programme creates sustainable, mutually beneficial and enjoyable partnerships between institutions, developing not only professional relationships but also long-lasting friendships and experiences that will be remembered for a long time.

A man in St. Lucia  checks his vision through a portable phoropter
A man in St. Lucia  checks his vision through a portable phoropter



 Benefits of being in a LINK

Starting a new LINK


DR Network


Rb Network


Glaucoma Network


ROP Network