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World Sight Day 2014
Thursday 9th October
Gender and Eye Health – equal access to care
World Sight Day is an annual day of awareness coordinated by the Vision 2020 Global Initiative and the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB). Its aim is to raise global attention concerning the current reality of 300 million people living with blindness and vision impairments worldwide. On WSD, Vision 2020 members work together to:
- Raise awareness of vision impairments and blindness, an international public health issues.
- Involve and influence governing health ministries to distribute funds and resources for national blindness prevention programs.
- Inform of targeted assemblies of the Vision 2020 initiative, as well as generating more support for its program activities.
World Sight Day 2014 is scheduled to open the eyes of the world on Thursday 9th October 2014.
Why World Sight Day?
World Sight Day is a global event included in the World Health Organization's official calendar and held every second Thursday of October. World Sight Day 2014 will focus on Gender and Eye Health:
- Nearly two-thirds of blind people worldwide are women & girls.
- In many places, men have twice the access to eye care as women.
- Equal access to eye care could substantially reduce blindness in poor countries.
- Simple and effective strategies can and do successfully address this inequity within VISION 2020: The Right to Sight.
We urge you to visit www.iapb.org/wsd13 and www.iapb.org for more information on how you can help!