World Sight Day 2016 observed with theme Stronger Together

Oct 14, 2016 16:03 IST

Second Thursday of October: World Sight Day

The 2016 World Sight Day (WSD) was observed across the world on 13 October 2016.

The theme for the WSD 2016 is Stronger Together.

The Day is an annual day of awareness held on the second Thursday of October, to focus global attention on blindness and vision impairment.

The day was originally initiated by the SightFirstCampaign of Lions Club International Foundation in 2000.

WSD is co-ordinated by International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) in cooperation with the World Health Organization under the VISION 2020 Global Initiative.

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About International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness

The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) was established in 1975 by the late Sir John Wilson.

It was established as a coordinating, umbrella organisation to lead international efforts in blindness prevention activities.

It aspires to link professional bodies, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), educational institutions, and interested individuals, with national programmes for the prevention of blindness.

The first major achievement of IAPB was the establishment of the WHO Programme for Prevention of Blindness (WHO/PBL), with which, it then entered into an official relationship.

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