The UN's "Vision for Everyone" to Help 1 Billion People See Better by 2030
The UN General Assembly have just approved its first ever “Resolution on Vision”, and was unanimously adopted by all 193 countries of the United Nations on the 23rd July 2021. This resolution calls on all of the member nations of the UN to ensure that each person in their countries have access to eye care, in the hopes of helping at least 1 billion people (who lack access to eye care) see better by 2030.
This has be dubbed the “Vision for Everyone” resolution, and calls on governments, international financial institutions and donors to provide resources to countries in need, to better address the significant rising impact of poor vision on the social and economic development of many countries with limited eye care provisions.
This groundbreaking “Vision for Everyone” resolution advises that, “at least 2 billion people are living with vision impairment or blindness and 1.1 billion people have vision impairment that could have been prevented or is yet to be addressed”. Additionally, they shed light on the concerning reality that “half the global population is expected to be living with a vision impairment by 2050”.
Ambassador Fatima of the U.N. advised that the resolution is “a long overdue recognition of the central role that healthy vision plays in human life and for sustainable development”. She added that “access to eye care services can increase household spending capital by 88% and the odds of obtaining paid employment by 10%”. She also stressed that the resolution is an “opportunity to change the lived of missions who are living in blindness or with impaired vision”.
Ambassador Webson advises “An eye test for a child can be the difference between inclusion and or exclusion; A pair of prescription glasses, the difference between access to information and seeking a livelihood and not.”
This vital resolution is calling on whole nations to mobilise resources and support to provide at least 1 billion people worldwide with access to eye care by 2030. We at Eyebou have already got the ball rolling – we recently conducted a pilot in Colombia that screened over 200 vulnerable children in need, using our CE certified technology to screen their vision.
We'd love to keep the momentum going to make the UN's "Vision for Everyone" a reality. If you would like to know more about white-labelling our technology for your social cause or business, please reach out to us and let's work together to truly make vision accessible to all.