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Skip to 0 minutes and 13 secondsDAKSHA PATEL: Hello, and welcome to week 2. By the mid '90s, it became fairly apparent that something had to be done about the magnitude of blindness, particularly in low- and middle- income countries where we had rapid growth of populations, as well as ageing populations. In this week, we'll look at what has been the response at a global level, and at the development of VISION 2020, The Right to Sight Initiative. We will use a range of activities to look at what has been the impact of these global initiatives, what is happening at present, and what has been planned for the next decade?

Skip to 0 minutes and 59 secondsIn this week, we have a presentation by Peter Ackland from the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness, in which he highlights some of the relevance and the interconnections between global planning and the application at a the local level. This week, we also introduce you to our case study. This is a district eye care case study, which shares common challenges faced by many eye care providers, from around the world. We will use this case study throughout this course. We highly recommend that you use this case study to support your reflection, but also to share your own experiences and thoughts on the discussion forum.

Welcome to Week 2

In the first week we explained the burden of visual impairment from an epidemiological perspective. We will now look at how programmes, also known as control measures, have been implemented in order to address the growing burden of visual impairment.

By completing this week’s activities you will achieve the second course objective, to relate to the concepts behind the global initiative “VISION 2020: The right to sight” and the Global Action Plan 2014-2019.

By the end of this week you should be able to:

  1. Know the brief history behind VISION 2020: the right to sight
  2. Understand the concepts and priorities of VISION 2020: the right to sight
  3. Assess the actions taken to date and its impact
  4. Understand the principles and goals of universal eye health
  5. Familiarise yourself with key concepts in health systems
  6. Evaluate the global action plan 2014-2019
  7. Identify the relevance and application of global concepts at the local level (regional, national and district)

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Global Blindness: Planning and Managing Eye Care Services

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine