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May 11, 2018 A Simple Way to Improve a Billion Lives: Eyeglasses

The New York Times recently wrote an article, A Simple Way to Improve a Billion Lives: Eyeglasses, which looks at the global issue of eyesight, which estimates say affects between one and 2.5 billion people.

It also looks at the work done by organizations like EYElliance, a nonprofit group trying to raise money and bring attention to the problem of uncorrected vision. In 2015, only $37 million was spent on delivering eyeglasses to people in the developing world, less than one percent of resources devoted to global health issues. EYElliance is trying to change that.


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January 10, 2018 Call for Urgent Action to Address Diabetic Eye Disease

Every person with diabetes is at risk of going blind, and if left untreated, diabetes can have a devastating and wide ranging social and economic impact on patients, families, and communities.

At the December 2017 International Diabetes Federation Congress in Abu Dhabi, the ICO, the International Diabetes Federation, the World Council of Optometry, and the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness released a Global Statement on Diabetes and Eye Heath calling for urgent action from governments, medical associations, service providers, and patient organizations to: 

  1. Integrate eye health within routine diabetes care by primary health care providers 
  2. Improve collaboration across the diabetes and eye health sectors 
  3. Foster and support patient-centered care approaches for diabetic eye health.

You can support integrative care for diabetes and bring eye health to the frontline of diabetes care by circulating this statement to practitioners, policy leaders, and lawmakers in your region. Ensure that increasingly integrated and people-centered systems are put in place, so that all people with diabetes have access to vital sight-saving services.


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May 15, 2018 Commonwealth of Nations Commit to Enhancing Eye Care

It was announced at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting on 19–20 April in the United Kingdom, that each of the 53 member countries has committed to a major effort to enhance eye health.

Leaders welcomed regional, national, and global pledges to take action towards achieving access to quality eye care for all, a “Vision for the Commonwealth.”

This advocacy achievement supports the goals of the World Health Organization’s Global Action Plan on Universal Eye Health 2014–2019, and was spearheaded by the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust (the Trust), a member of the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB).

The action builds on the 12 March announcement that the Trust and others are working on an ambitious multi-stakeholder initiative to lay the foundation for a new $1bn Vision Catalyst Fund to bring eye care to the people of the world.


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