Visual impairment and poverty

Worldwide there are 285 million people with visual impairments. 39 million of these people are blind, 246 million are visually impaired. A massive 90% of people with visual disabilities live in developing countries. In developing countries, blindness leads to major economic and social problems. Blind people can often no longer work and are dependent on family members and friends. 80% is avoidable or can be cured; For example,  cataract surgery or a good pair of glasses.

The available treatments for the prevention and cure of blindness are the most effective and cheapest of all measures in the field of healthcare. The Eye Care Foundation is aiming for a world in which avoidable blindness is no longer limiting opportunities. A world where good and accessible eye care is for everyone so they can have the opportunity to build a future with clear vision. But it is impossible to achieve this without the help of you as a donor.

Infographic visual disability and poverty

Visual disability and poverty

Worldwide there are 285 million people with a visual impairments. 80% of these visual handicaps are avoidable or curable. But not everyone has access to good eye care. The ‘Global Action Plan 2014-2019’  is an initiative of  The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB). The Eye Care Foundation is a member of the IAPB and is committed to achieving the goals of this action plan.

More information: Global Action Plan 2014-2019 (PDF)