On 29 May 2006, the 59th World Health Assembly, the governing body of the World Health Organization (WHO), adopted a resolution on the ‘Prevention of avoidable blindness and visual impairment’. Given that still more than 161 million people world- wide are visually impaired, of whom 37 million are blind, and that about 75% of blindness is avoidable, the resolution is timely and is expected to strengthen the VISION 2020 plans. VISION 2020: The Right to Sight is a global initiative of the WHO and the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB). It comprises governments and NGOs committed to the prevention and treatment of blindness. Among other things, the resolution urges member states to include Vision 2020 in national development plans, and encourages partnerships between the public and private sectors, NGOs and communities. Since its inception SIGHT AND LIFE has supported IAPB, and now it has also become a formal partner of Vision 2020. In this way SIGHT AND LIFE continues to take responsibility for the prevention of childhood blindness, as good vitamin A nutrition is pivotal for the eradication of this scourge.
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