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Sight Day

13 october

World Sight Day 2011 Tweet

‘World Sight Day’ as the name suggests, is a day thatis dedicated to pledging perfect vision for every individual on earth. It is an event that receives global attention every year. The agencies involved help bring attention to vision related issues that are plaguing the world. The World Sight Day initiative is organized under the Vision2020 global initiative.

Facts about World Sight Day:
*.It is celebrated annually onthe second Thursday of the month of October.
*.In 2010, World Sight Day will be observed on the 14th of October.
*.In 2011, the day will be observed on the 13th of October.

World Sight Day is observed for the following reasons:
*.Awareness is created about blindness and vision impairment issues which are considered to be international public health concerns.
*.To motivate health ministers and other government officials to understand the problems andtake keen interest in listing viable solutions and allocating resources to fight for the cause.
*.To raise awareness and educate people about issues related to vision impairment, the importance of a 2020 vision, the corrective steps to be taken in order to restore partially lost sight etc.

Activities undertaken onWorld Sight Day:
*.Every individual has his own way of commemorating World Sight Day. Some peopleare known to plant trees to raise awareness.
*.Some people indulge in exchanging photos for international photo collages hosted by health agencies around the world.
*.Activists, who work solely for the cause, distribute posters, bookmarks, booklets and other promotional material that helps raise awareness. Theyalso visit schools and colleges in order to educate the students about the perils of vision impairment.

Statistics related to World Sight Day:
*.80% of 45 million blind people worldwide are over 50 years of age.
*.A majority of the blind people, about 90%, live in nations where access to eye care is restricted.
*.Out of the eye care services that are administered worldwide, it is known that women and girls receive barely 35% of the care while men and boy receive well over 64%.
*.Women and girls make up over two thirds of the blind population worldwide.
*.80% of the world’s blindness can be avoided.

Diseases that receive attention under the World Sight Day initiative:
*.Refractive error
*.Low vision
*.Diabetic Retinopathy

World Sight Day:
*.The slogan ‘The Right to Sight’ is being advocated in anew promotional video this year.
*.The World Health Organization will host an exclusive interactive exhibition on vision and eye care.
*.A gala tour, will be organized for supporters, stakeholders and other dignitaries who support the Vision2020 initiative.
*.To reach the masses, celebrities will be appointed to endorse the campaigns that will be clubbed with the promotional video and they will be aired on TV as public service notices on international channels.

How can you support it?
*.Whether you are affiliated with an organization or you are an individual who wants to help, you can visit the Vision2020 homepage and check the details to make a contribution to the cause.
*.Eye care professionals, medical institutions, academic institutions and corporations who wish to lend a helping hand can also read the matter submitted on the Vision2020 homepage.

Vision2020 Activities:
*.The State of the World’s Sight is a report published byThe World Health Organization. It contains details of the initiative taken during the first five years of the initiate as well as other information on the same.
*.The Vision2020 Action Planis a research report that is available on the Vision2020 website as well as the website of The World Health Organization. This publication applauds the efforts taken by the teams toeradicate vision impairment and their achievements. It also lists the various challenges and obstacles thatare plaguing the initiative.

Best regards

Rakesh khudia

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