At the request of Member States issued during a side event to the 70th World Health Assembly, and with the support of experts from around the world, WHO is developing a World report on vision to provide authoritative evidence on the magnitude of vision loss globally, as well as its prevention, treatment and rehabilitation. The report will offer recommendations, including a number focused on ensuring comprehensive and integrated vision services in countries. By helping to shape the global agenda on vision, it is hoped that the World report on vision will assist Member States in their efforts to reduce the burden of vision loss, improve the lives of people with vision impairment, and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly SDG target 3.8 on Universal Health Coverage.
The Bulletin of the World Health Organization has announced it will publish a theme issue on vision. Papers submitted to the Bulletin will help to inform the World report on vision. Papers are due on 15 March 2018 and it is expected that the Bulletin theme issue will be published the same time as the World report on vision.
The call for papers for the theme issue may be found in the October issue.
Results from early consultation
WHO undertook early consultation to seek ideas and suggestions on important topics the World report on vision should address. An online survey from 10-23 July 2017 received over 290 responses from all around the world. Some key informant interviews were also conducted.
Key themes from the consultation included:
- A health systems approach is critical. There was particular feedback on the need to address:
- human resources
- health information management systems
- Eye health needs to be integrated into other programmes.
- There is concern that demands for rehabilitation remain largely unmet.
- More needs to be done to understand inequity and what can be done about it.
The feedback from the consultation has been helpful in informing the structure of the report.
WHO would like to thank everyone who participated in the consultation.