World Sight Day

A global action plan “Towards Universal Eye Health” was unanimously adopted by 194 Countries at the World Health Assemble in Geneva in May 2013. “While this is a remarkable development, formidable challenges remain.

Advancing towards universal eye heath will require political will and co-ordinated action by stakeholders” says International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness.

The major causes of visual impairment in Africa are Cataract, Glaucoma, Trachoma, Childhood blindness, Onchocerciasis and Refractive error. In recent years there has been enormous progress made to address the situation.

However challenges remain; the shortage of health workers at all levels in Africa is alarming and without additional ophthalmologists, optometrists and nurses, the targets in the Global Action Plan will not be met says International Centre for Eye Health, 2013.

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