Blindness avoided for millions of children

October 2009

A boy and girl participate in eye screenings, accompanied by their mother, in Iran.

Many children in low- and middle-income countries are affected by preventable eye diseases that cause blindness.

Six years ago, WHO and partner LIONS Clubs International Foundation launched a worldwide project to prevent and cure most of the diseases that cause poor vision in children. The effort has benefited more than 100 million children so far, and increased access to eye care in 30 countries.

This photo story describes efforts and shares some country-level results from 2004 to 2009.

Read the photo story