Date: March 23, 2021
Time: 10:00am-11am EST
Topic: Preventing Blindness: A Global Health Challenge Vital to Achieving the SDGs
Globally, more than 1 Billion people have vision impairment that was preventable or has yet to be treated. This results in $Billions in lost productivity annually. However, it is a neglected global health challenge that can be addressed with the knowledge we have.
After the first ever WHO World Report on Vision (WRV) was launched amidst the Vision2020 celebrations, the UN adopted its first resolution on eye health. Of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), vision health impacts 6 of them directly. The resolution commits UN member states to making eye care an integral part of Universal Health Coverage and integrating “people-centred eye care”. This webinar will examine the strategy set out by the WRV on how to achieve these goals. Examples of global eye health systems transformation will be highlighted to show the need for contributions from all sectors and professions
- Chief Executive, International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB)
- Paul Chan MD, MSc, MBA, Professor and Head of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences.Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary, University of Illinois at Chicago
- Vivian T. Yin, MD, MPH, Clinical Associate Professor, University of British Columbia.Chair, Canadian Association for Public Health and Global Ophthalmology