February 2011 Newsletter

In case you missed last week’s VISION 2020 News Flash, the World Health Organization (WHO) has released new estimates which indicate a reduction in the prevalence of blindness and visual impairment to 285 million. An estimated 246 million people have moderate to severe visual impairment and 39 million people are blind. Uncorrected refractive error remains the main cause of visual impairment, while the greatest causes of blindness are cataract, glaucoma and age-related macular degeneration. Please continue to visit the VISION 2020 Global Facts page, which will be updated as and when further details are released.

Plans for the 9th General Assembly of IAPB (9GA) are beginning to take shape, with an exploratory visit by the Chair of the Organising Committee, Prof Brien Holden and his team and IAPB staff to Hyderabad, India. L V Prasad Eye Institute will be hosting this Assembly and all involved want to make it memorable event with a lasting impact.

VISION 2020 now has more than 400 followers on Twitter and our Facebook presence has over 250 followers too! Do follow/like us to receive the latest real-time updates and information.

IAPB welcomes John Trevelyan who has joined as its new Fundraising and Partnership Development Manager. John brings ten years’ experience, knowhow and contacts to this crucial role.

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