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|Title: ||Accelerating the elimination of avoidable blindness|
|Authors: ||World Health Organization. Regional Office for Africa|
|Issue Date: ||16-Jun-2011|
|Abstract: ||The number of blind people in the African Region is estimated at 6.8 million. Blindness is a
real public health problem.
2. Several countries in the Region have blindness control programmes. However, the
programmes have limited impact due to lack of appropriate structures and resources. The Global
Initiative for the Elimination of Avoidable Blindness, also known as “Vision 2020: The Right to
Sight”, launched in partnership with the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness, is an
opportunity and appropriate response to the challenges posed by blindness.
3. The present strategy is intended to help implement the Vision 2020 Initiative in the African
4. Interventions proposed under the strategy are: (i) advocacy and development of policies and
plans; (ii) integrating eye care activities in existing health systems; (iii) adopting specific
approaches to controlling priority diseases; (iv) developing human resources and infrastructures; (v)
strengthening partnership and mobilizing resources; (vi) developing research.
5. The Regional Committee is requested to review and adopt the present strategy.|
|Description: ||Fifty-seventh session
Brazzaville, Republic of Congo, 27–31 August 2007|
Regional Health Planning
|Context: ||prevention and control|
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|Appears in Collections:||Regional Committee for Africa|
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