Blindness prevention and control

Blindness prevention and control

Photo: The Fred Hollows Foundation

In the Western Pacific Region, over 90 million people experience visual impairment. Over 10 million are unable to see at all, being blind. Blindness can be avoided in eight out of 10 cases with appropriate treatment or early prevention.

The vision of the Blindness Prevention and Control programme in the Western Pacific Region is "a world in which nobody is needlessly visually impaired, where those with unavoidable vision loss can achieve their full potential, and where there is universal access to comprehensive eye care services".

The programme aims to assist Member States to reduce avoidable visual impairment as a public health problem and to secure access to low-vision and rehabilitation services for the visually impaired. Capacity in countries will be enhanced through integration of comprehensive eye-care services in health systems.

General objectives are focused on the need for evidence-based advocacy, encouraging the development and implementation of eye health policies and programmes, and fostering multi-stakeholder partnerships to strengthen eye health. Member States are encouraged to formulate their own specific and appropriate objectives in line with the global target of 25% reduction in the prevalence of avoidable visual impairment by 2019 (from the 2010 baseline).

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Blindness Prevention and Control
Division of NCD and Health through the Life-Course
World Health Organization
Regional Office for the Western Pacific
P.O. Box 2932
1000 Manila