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Thursday, 13 October 2011

World Sight Day 2011 (WSD 11)

World Sight Day 2011 (WSD 11) has the official, global date of the second Thursday in October, which this year falls on the 13 th. It will be marked by organizations and institutions around the world, in many different ways, on or around the date..

What is World Sight Day 2011 (WSD11)?
World Sight Day (WSD) is an international day of awareness, held annually on the second Thursday of October to focus attention on the global issue of avoidable blindness and visual impairment. This year, there is no global theme for World Sight Day 2011 (WSD11), which we hope will allow each participating organisation to use the occasion to highlight its own priority areas, in ways which will resonate with their own target audiences.

According to WHO estimates:

  • 286 million people are visually impaired
  • Of these, 39 million are blind, and 246 million have moderate or severe visual impairment
  • YET 80% of blindness is avoidable

  • 90% of people with visual impairments live in developing countries
  • Almost 65% of visually impaired people are over 50 years of age
  • 19 million children are visually impaired

Related links:

WHO programme on prevention of blindness and visual impairment

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