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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 60  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 411-415

Millennium development goals and eye health


Department of Ophthalmology, University of Calabar Teaching Hospital, Calabar, Cross River State, Nigeria

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Hannah B Faal
University of Calabar Teaching Hospital, Calabar, Cross River State
Nigeria
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DOI: 10.4103/0301-4738.100538

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In September 2000, world leaders made a commitment to build a more equitable, prosperous and safer world by 2015 and launched the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). In the previous year, the World Health Organization and the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness in partnership launched the global initiative to eliminate avoidable blindness by the year 2020-VISION 2020 the Right to Sight. It has focused on the prevention of a disability-blindness and recognized a health issue-sight as a human right. Both global initiatives have made considerable progress with synergy especially on MDG 1-the reduction of poverty and the reduction in numbers of the blind. A review of the MDGs has identified the need to address disparities within and between countries, quality, and disability. Noncommunicable diseases are emerging as a challenge to the MDGs and Vision 2020:0 the Right to Sight. For the future, up to and beyond 2015, there will be need for both initiatives to continue to work in synergy to address present and emerging challenges.


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