Health For All Must Include Vision

Today we celebrate World Health Day, an annual observance of the World Health Organization on April 7, designed to shine the spotlight on specific priorities in global health.

This year’s focus is Health for All. This means ensuring that everyone, everywhere can access quality health services, without facing financial hardship.

At the Vision Impact Institute, we believe that vision care services should be included in this conversation on healthcare access. Poor vision is a story that most of us will share over a lifetime.

Almost every person on the planet, at some point, will have eyesight that is affected by acuity, age or disease. Today 2.5 billion people around the world suffer from uncorrected refractive error, a problem that can be corrected with a simple pair of eyeglasses. And while the problem is personal for the billions affected, it’s also societal in its impact on economic productivity, children’s education, driver’s safety, and so many areas of daily living.

We applaud efforts like The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust in the UK that recently announced it has begun working on an ambitious multi-stakeholder initiative for a new $1bn Vision Catalyst Fund to bring eye care to all people in the Commonwealth and around the world. The magnitude of this effort will create a ripple effect globally by encouraging others to also prioritize vision as part of health care.

We owe it to current and future generations to give vision health the attention it deserves, for everyone, everywhere.

Let’s be the impact for vision that future generations will celebrate!

 

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