LIDC Online Research Seminar: The Challenge of Global Vision Impairment – Can We Meet SDGs 3 & 10?
March 19 @ 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm
In this Research Seminar, we’re looking at eye care through the lens of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 3 and 10 and exploring the impact of poor eye care on global development. We want to know why so many people around the world are still unable to see properly, and how this relates to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly SDG 3 (Access to Quality and Essential Health Services) and SDG 10 (Reducing Inequality).
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Vision impairment is a hidden disability and is different to blindness, which is recognised as a disability. Yet there are often simple solutions to correcting vision impairment. Eye health programs can empower and promote inclusion as they lessen the number of those suffering from treatable vision impairment. Treatment provides patients with better opportunities to education and employment. Additionally, better rehabilitation of those with permanent vision impairment can also reduce inequalities.
The recent release of WHO’s World Report on Vision highlights that 2.2 billion people worldwide have vision impairment. Up to half of this is preventable or not addressed. One of the leading causes of vision impairment is refractive error: uncorrected glasses prescription!
In this Research Seminar, Anagha Joshi, Eye care Coordinator for ASHA Charity, describes how this grassroots charity is training eye health professionals in India to improve the quality and access to eye care. Join us and be part of the conversation. And hopefully, part of the solution! This event is open to all.
More about the speaker:
Anagha Joshi is an LIDC member and a practicing optometrist. She is a graduate of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. Five years ago she founded the Australian South-Asian Healthcare Association (ASHA) an Australia-based charity. ASHA delivers health care education and awareness projects in South Asia. Anagha has recently been recognised as an ‘Eye Health Hero’ by the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) for her work with ASHA.
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Seminar hashtag: #LIDCResearchSeminars
Photo: Andrew Bastawrous/LSHTM