Research evidence is also a strong tool for advocating with governments and policymakers for improved policies that help to eliminate avoidable blindness and enable people with disabilities to participate equally in society.
We support research in eye health, neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), education and social inclusion. Collaborative working with a broad range of research partners is key to developing research capacity both within the organisation and among our partners, and we continue to strive to extend our network of partnerships in the countries in which we work.
Evidence gap maps (EGMs) are a visual tool for presenting the state of evidence relevant to international development in certain thematic areas. They summarise and appraise evidence from systematic or literature reviews to make evidence accessible and user-friendly, and to highlight gaps for future research.
In many low-income countries, including those in Africa, people with disabilities are often unable to cast their vote or stand for political election in their local institutions. They are therefore excluded from political and social engagement and cannot fully exercise and enjoy their guaranteed rights.