From Right: Secretary: Ms. Del Phillips; Chairperson: Dr. Desirée Murray; Committee Member: Ms. Petra Bridgemohan; School for the Blind General Staff (behind); Treasurer: Mr. Tayab Razac (front); the late Mr. Siegmund Assee (further front); Retired Principal: Mr. Kenneth Ramoutar (behind); School for the Blind General Staff (front); School Principal: Mr. Derrick Mundy (seated); Student at the School for the Blind (seated).
The Volunteers for World Sight Day
The Volunteers for World Sight Day is a non-profit organization based in Trinidad and Tobago who coordinates meaningful events and activities which aid in the global effort to eliminate avoidable blindness.
Every five seconds one person in our world goes blind. We intend to do our part to reverse these alarming statistics by raising our nation’s awareness of healthy eye care practices through education and training initiatives, annual community events, the help of our strategic partners and coordination with community groups in Trinidad and Tobago. 75% of all blindness are treatable, curable or preventable.
Our annual “Walk for Sight” is coordinated in Trinidad and Tobago along side international World Sight Day events as this day provides a platform to mobilize broader blindness prevention efforts.
Part proceeds from our Walk for Sight events have been used used to donate special equipment, tools and other support materials to the School for the Blind and other organizations. These include a computer, digital computer scanner, brailler, wheel chair and walker.
We all have a Right to Sight.
World Sight Day is held annually to focus attention on the global issue of avoidable blindness and visual impairment. Held on the second Thursday of October, World Sight Day is a worldwide initiative to eliminate avoidable blindness by the year 2020.
Started in 2000, it is the main advocacy event for “VISION 2020: The Right to Sight”, a global effort to prevent blindness.
VISION 2020 is coordinated by WHO, the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness and public and private partners.
Lord Relator – The Right to Sight (Calypso):
Lord Relator WSD2005 – The Right to Sight
What is WHO?
The World Health Organization is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. It is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy options, providing technical support to countries and monitoring and assessing health trends.