Prevention of Blindness and Visual Impairment

Historical perspective

WHO Programme for Prevention of Blindness

WHO Programme for the Prevention of Blindness. The WHO Programme for the Prevention of Blindness was created in 1978 following a resolution adopted by the World Health Assembly in 1975.

Need for more coordinated global approach

The 1994 world population data indicated that the global magnitude of visual disability were 37.9 million blind and 109.9 million with low vision.

A unique approach to Public Private Partnership for Public Health

The partnerships with organizations in PBD has been the strenghts of a long standing collaborate relationship between WHO and several international non governemental organizations.


More information

ICD Update and Revision Platform: Change the Definition of Blindness

Prevention of blindness form diabetes mellitus

Contact us

World Health Organization Prevention of Blindness and Deafness (PBD) 20 Avenue Appia CH-1211 Geneva 27 Switzerland