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World Sight Day observed on 8 October with theme Eye care for all

Oct 9, 2015 09:00 IST

8 October: World Sight Day
World Sight Day (WSD) was observed on 8 October 2015 with theme Eye care for all. The global event is observed to draw attention on blindness and vision impairment.

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) under the VISION 2020 Global Initiative.

2015 is the third year of the WHO Global Action Plan.

International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB)
The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) was established in 1975 as a coordinating, umbrella organisation to lead international efforts in blindness prevention activities. Its first major achievement was to promote the establishment of a WHO programme for prevention of blindness, with which it has remained strongly linked, and which is now embodied in the global initiative, VISION 2020: The Right to Sight.

In September 2013 IAPB approved its new strategic plan 2013-17, which included a revision of our vision and mission.

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