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The World Health Organization launched its first World Report on Vision on 9 October 2019. The report is the cornerstone of IAPB’s global advocacy strategy. It provides a critical moment to inform and persuade global leaders about the magnitude and unacceptability of unavoidable vision loss globally.

The World Report on Vision seeks to generate greater awareness and increased political will and investment to strengthen eye care globally. The report offers clear proposals to address significant challenges in delivering eye care through existing health systems. It builds on the concerted efforts of the past thirty years to propose an integrated, people-centred eye care that strengthens health systems and meets population needs.

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The report also frames eye care delivery in the context of achieving Universal Health Coverage (UHC) and the Sustainable Development Goal 3 (“Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages”).
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Our Strategy

The World Report on Vision will be the cornerstone of IAPB’s global advocacy strategy. To make 2020 a meaningful year of change, we will work with our members to implement our World Report on Vision Action Plan:

Communications We have a quick snapshot of the report’s key messages in the form of an infographic and short film, available here: https:// the infographic should fit into an A4 sheet and the video is a minute long.

Country Launches
We will be working with the WHO to coordinate around 50 national launches across all six WHO regions. The launches will be critical to the implementation process of the report and will enable key stakeholders to discuss country specific challenges and agree to key actions and strategic planning to progress towards achieving universal access to eye health.

To see launches that have already taken place, please click here.

World Health Assembly Resolution 2020 & 2021
We will be championing a resolution on ‘Integrated PeopleCentred Eye Care’ at the 73rd World Health Assembly (WHA). This will draw political attention to the World Report on Vision, necessitate action by member states and provide a mandate for the WHO to develop the technical tools and accountability framework for eye health.

Collection of data

We will be advocating for all countries to be collecting and submitting their GAP data for reporting at the WHA 2020. This data is essential for showcasing the achievements of Vision 2020 and the GAP and vital for establishing the baseline for the strategies set out by the World Report on Vision.

Other International Forums

We will work to promote eye health in other key forums – notably at the UN and the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting. We believe that establishing global level mechanisms for holding key players accountable will be crucial for creating change at the national level. To that end, we will be working towards a UN General Assembly Resolution in 2021; and pressing the Commonwealth Heads of Government to give solid expression to their 2018 commitment to achieving quality eye-care for all by including on the CHOGM 2020 communique a commitment to achieve the objective of sight tests, affordable glasses and other treatments for all schoolchildren, giving every child the best start in life.

To find out more about how your organisation can support a country launch, please email Holly Aindow