World Sight Day 2014 with ICEH & ICED
On World Sight Day, IAPB members work together to:
- Raise public awareness of blindness & vision impairment as major international public health issues
- Influence Governments/Ministers of Health to participate in and designate funds for national blindness prevention programmes
- Educate target audiences about blindness prevention, about VISION 2020 and to generate support for VISION 2020 programme activities
International Key Messages
- Approximately 285 million people worldwide live with low vision and blindness
- Of these, 39 million people are blind and 246 million have moderate or severe visual impairment
- 90% of blind people live in low-income countries
- Yet 80% of visual impairment is avoidable – i.e. readily treatable and/or preventable
- Restorations of sight, and blindness prevention strategies are among the most cost-effective interventions in health care
- The number of people blind from infectious causes has greatly reduced in the past 20 years
- An estimated 19 million children are visually impaired
- About 65 % of all people who are visually impaired are aged 50 and older, while this age group comprises only 20% of the world’s population
- Increasing elderly populations in many countries mean that more people will be at risk of age-related visual impairment.
Below: MSc Public Health for Eye Care Student, Nnenne Onu blind folded to signify what it would be like to be completely blind and relying on her sense of touch.
Below: MSc Public Health for Eye Care student, Jacqueline Jetton-O’Banion, talking to guests about blinding eye diseases. Here, a participant put on a simulation spectacle that represents a blinding eye disease.
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