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Childhood Blindness: Public Health Presentation

Authored by Dr. Van C. Lansingh, IAPB/VISION 2020 Latin America
Posted on November 22, 2011
Topic: Advocacy/Vision 2020
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This presentation defines childhood blindness and addresses the epidemiology of childhood blindness. It provides an overview of the prevalence of childhood blindness by income and geographic region on a worldwide basis. By addressing the specific causes of childhood blindness, the presentation suggests possible prevention and treatment strategies.

The primary causes for childhood blindness, as addressed in this presentation, are corneal blindness, childhood cataract, retinopathy of prematurity, refractive error, and low vision.

The report acknowledges the difficulty in obtaining reliable data on childhood blindness and outlines the World Health Organization's current priority areas. It also references the World Health Organization and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) definitions of childhood blindness.  This presentation may be helpful to advocates and others working in public health.

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