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Strengthening eye health: a focus for health systems

Poor eye health is, surprisingly to many, one of the most common health problems for people in developing countries.

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that one adult goes blind every second, and one child becomes blind every minute. Globally, an estimated 314 million people are visually impaired, including 45 million people who are blind – 90 per cent live in low-income countries.

With the move towards a more comprehensive approach to the health sector, it is time to recognise eye health as an essential component of a strong health system.

A child's eyes are examined by a nurse.

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World Sight Day 2021: highlights from around the world

On 14 October 2021, Sightsavers staff, partner organisations and supporters celebrated World Sight Day to raise awareness about the importance of access to good eye care.

October 2021
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World Sight Day: Sightsavers calls for urgent action on global eye health

Sightsavers is marking World Sight Day on 14 October by highlighting that the number of people worldwide who are blind could reach 115 million by 2050.

October 2021
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“Now I can see again, I can make money to support my family”

Father and grandfather Sardar from Pakistan is the main breadwinner for his family. But his children and grandchildren faced an uncertain future when he began to develop cataracts.