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10 October, 2010
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Countdown to 2020 – Global Key Messages

  • 4% of the world’s population (314 million) is blind or vision impaired
  • Imagine if it didn’t have to stay that way – 80% of blindness is avoidable
  • Imagine if working together we could STOP the agony of trachoma and river blindness forever
  • Imagine if eye exams and glasses could instantly transform the lives of 153 million people

All this is possible. The solutions are known and cost-effective.

World Sight Day (WSD) is an international day of awareness, held annually on the second Thursday of October. WSD became an official Right to Sight event in the year 2000, and has been marked in many different ways in countries around the world each year since then.

2010 marks the midpoint of a 20 year initiative to eliminate avoidable blindness by the year 2020. A lot has been achieved, but there is still a lot to do and only 10 years in which to do it!

WSD10 is designed to convey the following ‘calls to action’ to its audience:

  1. Governments must mobilise political will and resources to support VISION 2020 in their own countries, and in developing countries around the world
  2. Development agencies must move to support this highly effective and positive agenda, taking advantage of the united strength of private and non-profit sector organisations
  3. The eye care professions must play their part in working together to bring sustainable, integrated eye care services to all

This event included cataract and glaucoma screenings, collection of used eye glasses for recycling, and distribution of educational material.