Vision 2020: eliminating preventable blindness

October 1, 2007

We speak with Ivo Kocur of the World Health Organization who tells us how Vision 2020 is helping to reduce avoidable blindness in children around the world.

VISION 2020: The Right to Sight is the joint Global Initiative of the WHO and the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB), which includes an international coalition of non-governmental organisations (NGOs), professional associations, eye care institutions and corporations. With help from VISION 2020, these member organizations run projects all around the world to help improve eye care services to those who most need them. For this year's World Sight Day (11th October) the initiative is raising awareness of avoidable blindness in children and this month sees the launch of its "VISION for Children"1 report, which outlines some of the projects that have been making an impact around the world and aims to draw attention to the work that still needs to be done.

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