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Eye Health and Universal Health Coverage

Strengthened health systems are essential to scaling-up eye health and reaching those most in need.

The World Health Organization has made strengthening integrated people-centred eye care integral to its plan to achieve universal health coverage (UHC). This is evidenced by the inclusion of two eye health indicators, ‘effective coverage of refractive error’ and ‘effective coverage of cataract surgery’ as part of the WHO monitoring process for UHC.

This means that the strength of a country’s health care system is in part determined by the quality, affordability and availability of its eye care services.

In 2019, IAPB together with the United Nations Friends of Vision successfully lobbied for the inclusion of eye health in the first Political Declaration of the High-level Meeting on Universal Health Coverage. Heads of State committed to strengthen efforts to address eye health conditions as part of UHC. View the resolution here.

This is an important milestone for the global eye health community as it recognises that UHC cannot be achieved without eye health.

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Photo Credits

Photo Title: Post operative wait by village people who got their cataracts operated

Photo by: Niranjan Gaire