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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.

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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.

What is IAPB?

In the mid-1970s the late Sir John Wilson amongst others, began to draw the international community’s attention to the problem of global blindness. These efforts led to the setting up of the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) on January 1, 1975, with Sir John Wilson as the Founder President. The founding members were the World Blind Union (WBU) and the International Federation of Ophthalmological Societies (IFOS/ICO).
IAPB was established as a coordinating, umbrella organization to lead an international effort in mobilizing resources for blindness prevention activities. IAPB aspired to link professional bodies, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), educational institutions and interested individuals with national programs for the prevention of blindness.
The first major achievement of IAPB was to promote the establishment of a WHO Prevention of Blindness and Visual Impairment team, with which it then entered into an official relationship. IAPB works to encourage the formation of national prevention of blindness committees and programmes, led by governments with inputs from the WHO, local and international non-governmental organisations. These now exist in over eighty countries.
VISION 2020 members, including international NGOs, professional associations, institutions and corporations, work with each other and with governments, private and voluntary agencies. Together, they work to prevent, treat and cure the conditions that lead to blindness and vision impairment, and to help those with unavoidable blindness achieve their full potential.