World Sight Day (WSD) is an annual day of awareness held on the second Thursday of October, to focus global attention on blindness and vision impairment. It was originally initiated by the SightFirstCampaign of Lions Club International Foundation in 2000. It has since been integrated into VISION 2020 and is coordinated by IAPB in cooperation with the World Health Organization.
VISION 2020: The Right to Sight is the global initiative for the elimination of avoidable blindness, a joint programme of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB).
VISION 2020: The Right to Sight was launched in 1999. It sought to promote:
“A world in which nobody is needlessly visually impaired, where those with unavoidable vision loss can achieve their full potential.”
The Global Initiative was set up to:
“Intensify and accelerate prevention of blindness activities so as to achieve the goal of eliminating avoidable blindness by 2020.”
It sought to do this by:
“Focusing initially on certain diseases which are the main causes of blindness and for which proven cost effective interventions are available.”
World Sight Day is also celebrated in Iran every year. It is an important advocacy and communications opportunity for the eye health community. It is a great time to engage with a wider audience and showcase why eye health needs everybody’s attention.
World Sight Day Celebration in Iran, 2009-WSD Newsletter-88.pdf
World Sight Day Celebration in Iran, 2013-WSD Newsletter-92.pdf
World Sight Day Celebration in Iran, 2014-WSD Newsletter-93.pdf