Sightsavers Reports

Inclusion made easy in eye health programs

October 2017

In the year 1995 it was estimated that there were 45 million people who were blind in the world, with 80% of this vision loss being avoidable.

While we have seen considerable success in addressing the primary causes of avoidable blindness – cataract, trachoma, onchocerciasis (river blindness), vitamin A deficiency and refractive errors – there remain significant issues that Community Eye Health programs face. These include lack of resources, the need for better integration of eye care into general health care, how to address at community level the emerging problems of glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy, and how to ensure access and opportunities for all members of communities.

Collectively, we need to find solutions to these issues so that all people who are under-served benefit from the momentum created by VISION 2020.

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Staff from Makeni Hospital's eyecare team smile for the camera.
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Meeting Sierra Leone’s miracle workers

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Rebecca takes a selfie with Dorcas, in Nigeria.
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Simon and Dorcas.
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