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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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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