Announcing The Lancet Global Health Commission on Global Eye Health

12 October, 2019

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CITATION: Announcing The Lancet Global Health Commission on Global Eye Health

Matthew J Burton et al.

Lancet Global Health 2019

DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/S2214-109X(19)30450-4

Eye health has profound and widespread implications for many aspects of life, health, sustainable development, and the economy. Yet many populations do not have access to good-quality, affordable eye care.

Worldwide there are more than 250 million people living with vision impairment, among whom 36 million are blind...

In the quest to achieve universal eye health, a critical obstacle is the major shortage and maldistribution of appropriately trained personnel, particularly in Africa and rural areas within LMICs in other regions. Addressing this shortfall requires novel and scalable, evidence-based approaches to human capacity building and implementation of effective strategies to improve access to care. Mobile health, artificial intelligence, and distance-learning have already demonstrated the potential for existing cadres of health workers to deliver more, high-quality and equitably-distributed care...

It is in this context that we are pleased to announce The Lancet Global Health Commission on Global Eye Health, whose report will appear in this journal on World Sight Day 2020. This Commission will:

- Analyse the current state of eye health in low-income, middle-income, and high-income countries

- Examine the implications of projected growth of global burden of eye disease and sight loss

- Provide updated estimates of the economic cost of vision impairment and the return on investment from efforts to improve eye health

- Identify knowledge gaps impeding design and delivery of better, more equitable services, through a global “Grand Challenges” exercise

- Make the political, social, and economic case for action to achieve real and lasting reductions in the global burden of avoidable vision loss...

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