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Policy brief: eye health in children

Health, including eye and visual health, is inextricably linked to educational achievement, quality of life, and economic productivity.

Educating children in health in the school setting is as fundamental as acquiring and building knowledge and is critical to their ability to learn and therefore fully benefit from education. Health education allows them to acquire the knowledge, attitudes and practices necessary for a healthy life.

Many global programmes and initiatives focus on children and health. It is critical that eye health is part of these global initiatives and that programmes are comprehensive and go beyond vision testing for refractive error, currently the primary focus of school eye health activities. School eye health therefore needs to be fully integrated into both wider school health and eye health programmes.

Two young sisters who wear glasses attend school in India.

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Sightsavers and eye health
Four-year-old Paolo stands smiling in a doorway.
Sightsavers Reports

Paolo's story

Paolo's family could not understand why he kept having problems with his eyes. Thankfully, training for a Sightsavers-supported programme was taking place nearby.

Two Two women and a man stand outside a small home in an informal urban settlement.
Sightsavers Reports

Hasina feared she wouldn’t see people coming to demolish her home again

Hasina lives in a camp in northern Bangladesh which has been demolished twice. Since developing cataracts, her fears of being homeless again were heightened.

Nine-year-old Sumaiya smiling after her cataract operation at a hospital in Bangladesh.
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WHO passes resolution urging countries to prioritise eye health

The World Health Organization passed a Resolution on The World Report on Vision in an effort to reach the 1 billion people worldwide who do not have access to vital eye care services.

August 2020