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Universal Access to Glasses: Promoting Multisectoral Action

Malaysia and Nepal Health Ministers to unite at World Health Assembly for Universal Access to Glasses 

On May 30, 2024, a high-level side event focusing on access to vision care will convene at the 77th World Health Assembly (WHA) in Geneva, Switzerland. Titled “Universal Access to Glasses: Promoting Multisectoral Action,” the event is coordinated by the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) and the World Health Organization (WHO) and hosted by the governments of Nepal and Malaysia.

This important event underscores the global public health crisis posed by vision impairment. Over 2.2 billion people live with some form of vision impairment, with about 1.1 billion of these cases being avoidable. Uncorrected refractive errors, the most common cause of vision loss, affect an estimated 671 million people worldwide, a number predicted to rise sharply in coming decades.

The event will build upon positive momentum created by the landmark 2021 UN resolution “Vision for Everyone” and WHO guidance promoting Integrated People-centered Eye Care. It will also address the ambitious WHA target for a 40-percentage point increase in effective refractive error coverage by 2030. You can register to view the event livestream on the IAPB website

Organizers of the event are calling on governments, international organizations, the private sector, and civil society to join forces and commit to achieving universal access to affordable and quality eye care, including glasses. 

“It is so important for us as a sector to galvanize support from member states, international organization like WHO and stakeholders from across the sector including business and NGOs to tackle this global health challenge, this is why it is so important to unite behind the same cause.”
Peter Holland, Chief Executive Officer, IAPB

Jennifer Gersbeck, Executive Director – Global Advocacy, The Fred Hollows Foundation, moderator for the event said “With uncorrected refractive error expected to affect more than a third of the global population by 2030, we need to take urgent collective action now. This event will bring together experts from across different sectors to help us chart a way forward.” 

Ahead of the event, one of the speakers Stuart Cockrill, Head of LCM for Myopia Management, CooperVision said “Uncorrected refractive error is one of the biggest silent health crises that impacts educational and work performance so it a true lifetime disease and disability.”

Dr. Alarcos Cieza - Unit Head, Sensory Function Disability and Rehabilitation, WHO HQ said, “This event will discuss policy recommendations and strategies such as the WHO’s SPECs initiative to integrate refractive error services into broader healthcare and other systems.” 

Event Details

Universal Access to Glasses: Promoting Multisectoral Action

Thursday, May 30, 2024, 7:30 AM – 9:30 AM CET

Livestream Registration: https://www.iapb.world/iapb_wha_livestream_30_05_2024

Panelists

• Peter Holland, Chief Executive, International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness

• Dr. Stuart Keel – Technical Officer (Vision and Eye Care Programme), WHO HQ

• Stuart Cockerill – Head of LCM for Myopia Management, CooperVision

• Joaquim Pintado Nunes – Chief of the Labour Administration, Labour Inspection and Occupational Safety and Health Branch, Governance and Tripartism Department, International Labour Organisation

• Sumrana Yasmin – Deputy Technical Director for Eye Health, SightSavers

• Dr. Alarcos Cieza – Unit Head, Sensory Function Disability and Rehabilitation, WHO HQ

• Prof. Dr. Siegfried Wahl – Head Advanced Development | Head Scientific Affairs | Site Manager, Carl Ziess Vision

• Dr. Bente Mikkelsen – Director of Noncommunicable Diseases, WHO HQ

• Representative from the Ministry of Health, Malaysia

• Representative from the Ministry of Health, Nepal

IAPB’s Jess Thompson and CooperVision’s Stuart Cockerill sat down ahead of a VIP panel about refractive error at the 77th World Health Assembly to discuss the challenge, progress, and how the eye care community can support access to screening and correction.

Watch the video here:

Click HERE for the press release.

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