Prevention of Blindness and Visual Impairment

What is VISION 2020?

VISION 2020 is a global initiative that aims to eliminate avoidable blindness by the year 2020. It was launched on 18 February 1999 by the World Health Organization together with the more than 20 international non-governmental organisations involved in eye care and prevention and management of blindness that comprise the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB). VISION 2020 is a partnership that provides guidance, technical and resource support to countries that have formally adopted its agenda.

Mission

The mission of the VISION 2020 Global Initiative is to eliminate the main causes of all preventable and treatable blindness as a public health issue by the year 2020.

Objectives

VISION 2020: The Right to Sight accomplishes its mission as it attains the three major objectives:
• Raise the profile, among the key audiences, of the causes of avoidable blindness and the solutions that will help to eliminate the problem.
•Identify and secure the necessary resources around the world in order to provide an increased level of prevention and treatment programmes.
• Facilitate the planning, development and implementation of the three core Vision 2020 strategies by National Programmes.

Core strategies

Disease control: facilitate the implementation of specific programmes to control and treat the major causes of blindness.
Human resource development: support training of ophthalmologists and other eye care personnel to provide eye care.
Infrastructure and appropriate technology development: assist to improve infrastructure and technology to make eye care more available and accessible.

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