In 1999 the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) joined forces to launch VISION 2020. The aim of this far-reaching global initiative is to eliminate the main causes of all preventable and treatable blindness by 2020.

Vision 2020’S Three Primary Objective

Vision 2020 Results

As a key member of IAPB, Orbis and its volunteers and donors are doing everything possible to fight against blindness. WHO estimated that there were 45 million blind people worldwide in 1999. While the WHO’s projection for 2020 initially indicated a possible twofold increase to around 76 million cases, the planet’s blind population currently stands at roughly 36 million. Fully 20% lower than in 1999, this figure is encouragingly well lower than the WHO’s estimation.

2050 Crisis in Sight

The world’s population is simultaneously increasing and growing older, so global blindness and visual impairment are on the rise. And conditions like cataract, trachoma, diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma are continuing to destroy people’s vision and lives.

But this is not our fate. We have the solutions that can stop this crisis in its tracks – but we need your help to do so. By investing in training, technology and teamwork, we can prevent this global Crisis in Sight.

Our Three Strategies for Resolving Crisis in Sight


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