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The World Blind Union (WBU) promotes the needs and views of blind and partially sighted people worldwide. One of the main priorities of the WBU is to support and enhance our advocacy, representation and capacity strengthening efforts through raising awareness and providing resources on matters important to blind and partially sighted people.

As the prevalence of visual loss and blindness increases worldwide, the WBU continues to provide information and resources to our members and the public to raise awareness and support our members' efforts to advocate for accessible and affordable health care services.

Factsheet about vision impairment and blindness

The World Blind Union believes that prevention of avoidable blindness and visual impairment is critical. We call on governments to honour their commitment to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which obligate them to provide affordable and accessible health care services.

Additionally, we encourage and support national and international initiatives aimed at reducing
avoidable visual impairments, such as  the "Universal Eye Health: A global action plan 2014 – 2019" (GAP), and    "VISION 2020: The Right to Sight."

Universal Eye Health: A global action plan 2014-2019

​“Universal Eye Health: A global action plan 2014 – 2019″ (GAP) is a WHO (World Health Organization) initiative unanimously adopted by Member States in 2013. The Global Action Plan’s vision is: “A world in which nobody is needlessly visually impaired, where those with unavoidable vision loss can achieve their full potential and where there is universal access to comprehensive eye care services.

The Goal of GAP is to: reduce visual impairment as a global public health problem; secure access to rehabilitation for visually impaired services. The objective is to ensure that all people have access to needed health services and to implement the most cost-effective interventions to prevent and cure eye diseases.

VISION 2020: The Right to Sight

Vision 2020 is a joint programme of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) launched in 1999 to eliminate avoidable blindness by 2020. The Global Initiative was set up to intensify and accelerate prevention of blindness activities to achieve the goal of eliminating avoidable blindness by 2020. 


The material contained on this page is meant for informational purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. If persons are concerned about their vision or are experiencing any symptoms, they should consult with their doctor and/or eye health care professional. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on the WBU website. Every situation is individual and general advice may not apply to you. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your doctor or emergency service immediately.

The views or opinions stated in external resources, which are links from the WBU website, do not necessarily reflect those of WBU. The information is gathered from global organizations , well known for their expertise in eye health matters.​​​​

Note: We are continually adding to this page to keep it updated with the latest and most relevant information and resources. Please contact our Communications Officer, if you have information and/or resources that you think would be suitable for this page.