Seminar on “Stronger Together” and “Walk for Vision” to promote eye health to be held in city.
The Partnership Seminar on “Stronger Together” will be held on 12th October at 7pm at Hotel Taj Banjara in city.
The following morning on 13th October, a “Walk for Vision” will be held from KBR Park to Prasad Lab(Via Jubilee Hills Check Post) from 7am.
The walk will be flagged of C. Laxma Reddy, Minister for Health & Medical, Govt of Telangana.
Every year, World Sight Day is observed in over 60 countries across the world around a universal theme. This year’s theme is ‘Stronger Together’.
India shoulders the second highest number of visual impairment in the world at 62 million: 8 million cases of blindness and 54 million cases of low vision. However, 80 percent of blindness is preventable. Prevention and treatment of vision loss are among the most cost-effective and successful of all health interventions.
Local Vision 2020 members, Board, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan Students, Hyderabad Opththalmic Society Members, Pushpagiri Eye Institute Optometry School students, LVPEI Optometry School students, NPCB officials and others will be participate in the walk. Around 700 people mainly ophthalmic fraternity, representatives from the government, students with blindness and other stakeholders will participate.
VISION 2020 is a global initiative that aims to eliminate avoidable blindness by the year 2020.
VISION 2020: The Right to Sight – India is a national forum for eliminating avoidable blindness by year 2020. It is a key driver of the World Health Organisation (WHO) and International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) joint global initiative for eliminating avoidable blindness.
VISION 2020—India has been observing World Sight Day(WSD) every second Thursday in October.
WSD is an International day of awareness, held annually. It is an important day and platform for advocacy and communications opportunity for the eye health community. WSD is observed around the world by the partners involved in preventing visual impairment or restoring sight. The WSD was observed in the past at various places and now it will be observed in Hyderabad. A two kilometres walk will be held.
The aim of the walk is to raise the importance of eye health in the minds of general community and sensitize. Also, utilise this opportunity to raise the profile of eye health and advocate with the government for improved resource allocation informed R Govind Hari, South Zone Representative of Vision 2020 in a press note issued in city today.
The partnership seminar on this year’s theme “Stronger Together” will be held with a panel of 7 members(NGO, Optometry, PPP, GoI, State Govt. INGO and corporate with CSR) sharing their valuable perspectives on the spirit of partnership and thereby further encourage the motivation and commitment of eye care fraternity to achieve the mission of eliminating avoidable blindness in the country. Around 200 participants from the fraternity will be attending the seminar, informed R.Govind Hari.