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Vision Matters Leave no one behind

Sponsored by Henry Smith MP, Specsavers Optical Group and Vision for Life Essilor, on Tuesday 20th March 2018, Vision Aid Overseas hosted a call to action event on universal eye health at the House of Commons, London. The event was attended by over 100 delegates including; corporations, funders, the Ghanaian High Commission, other international development charities, MP’s, and was calling on all governments, development partners and stakeholders in all countries to take meaningful action to support universal eye health coverage by 2020.

Recently in Ghana, on an outreach clinic into local communities, with optometrists from the University in Kumasi, what really struck me was the dire need for services just a few miles from the town. There were more people than we could practically see, and it was clear that visual impairment affects everyone in the community; from the schoolteacher to the pupil, to the farmer, the taxi driver, the kente cloth weaver, the market traders, even the local chief and politician. Nicola Chevis, Vision Aid Overseas
More than 1.1 billion people cannot see to read and simply need reading glasses. Until recently this massive unmet need has mostly been neglected. These observations highlight the need to respond to the WHO's Global Action Plan by scaling up of our current efforts at global, regional, and country levels, to eliminate the burden of unnecessary blindness and vision impairment.
Five years ago, we only had two Zambian optometrists practicing in the entire country. That changed soon after Chainama College of Health Sciences introduced the optometry course with Vision Aid Overseas being the core advocate and sponsor of the programme. From 2013 to date Chainama College has graduated 52 optometrists with diplomas in the field. Chipo Mweemba, Vision Aid overseas
We’ve targeted to reach 50 million children by the year 2020, the numbers are really to govern support and get people involved but, it goes beyond just the numbers. It’s about creating powerful partnerships, driving awareness of child eye health particularly Uncorrected Refractive Error, utilising local knowledge, advocating for policy change, public health education and health promotion. Kovin Naidoo, Our Children's Vision
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