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A Positive Response to the WHO Draft Action Plan for 2014-2019

Posted on October 9, 2012
Topic: Advocacy/Vision 2020

The World Health Organization (WHO) Zero Draft, “Universal Access to Eye Health: A Global Action Plan 2014-2019,” received convincing support for its structure and key components at the October 8 consultation in Geneva, Switzerland.

With the ICO and approximately 35 countries participating, a key proposal was the addition of percentage-based global targets for avoidable blindness and visual impairment. Dr. Resnikoff, ICO Director for Advocacy, represented the ICO at the consultation. 

"ICO leaders discussed our response to the Action Plan draft during the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) 9th General Assembly in September," said Dr. Resnikoff.

"We hope that this Action Plan will be adopted by the WHO Executive Board in January and World Health Assembly next May," Dr. Resnikoff continued. "(It should) bring greater focus to prevention of visual loss, particularly at the national level."     

The draft of the WHO's Plan is posted on the WHO website, allowing Ministries of Health to provide comments and suggestions.    

View the “Universal Access to Eye Health: A Global Action Plan 2014-2019”at: www.who.int/blindness/actionplan/en/index2.html

To read the ICO’s response, go to: www.icoph.org/ICOResponsetoWHOActionPlan.pdf.

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