Blindness and vision impairment

Key activities

WHO’s work in is guided by the Universal eye health: a global action plan 2014-2019 agreed by a resolution at the World Health Assembly in 2013. Over the last few years, WHO has developed and implemented several tools focused on assessing the provision of eye care services:

WHO is also developing a World report on vision. The report will offer recommendations, including a number focused on ensuring comprehensive and integrated eye care in countries. It is expected the World report on vision will help to shape the global agenda on vision, including assisting Member States to reduce the burden of eye diseases, improve the lives of people with vision impairment and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

More recently, WHO commenced the development of a package of eye care interventions to support countries to make informed decisions on eye care. WHO also expects to develop guidance to complement the package of eye care interventions, including on the integration of eye care in the health system and workforce competencies. WHO is also considering ways to monitor global progress on eye care and promote health policy and systems research.

Examples of the support WHO provides to countries:

WHO regional offices

Contact us

Ms. Laura Sminkey
Communications Officer
Email: sminkeyl@who.int
Tel.: +41 22 791 45 47
Mob.: +41 79 249 35 20