World Sight Day: 8th October 2015

9 October 2015

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The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust is pleased to support World Sight Day on 8th October 2015, an international day of awareness to focus global attention on blindness and visual impairment.

Coordinated by the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness, World Sight Day is intended to highlight blindness as an international public health issue, to promote understanding of blindness prevention, and to influence governments and ministries of health to allocate funds to national blindness prevention programmes. The call to action of World Sight Day 2015 is ‘Eye care for all’.

The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust is a charitable foundation with a mission to leave a lasting legacy, owned by the whole Commonwealth, in honour of Her Majesty The Queen.

The Trust is working with members of the International Coalition for Trachoma Control to make significant progress towards the elimination of blinding trachoma. We aim to achieve elimination in seven Commonwealth countries – Kenya and Malawi in Africa; Fiji, Kiribati, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu in the Pacific; and in Aboriginal communities in Australia. We will make significant progress towards elimination in Mozambique, Nigeria, Tanzania and Uganda.

To date, over 5.5 million people have been treated with antibiotics to reduce the spread of infection, while over 24,000 people suffering from the advanced stages of blinding trachoma have received sight-saving surgery.

Behaviour change pilot programmes have successfully launched in schools in three countries, to encourage children to wash their faces and reduce the spread of infection.