World Health Day is commemorated each year on April 7th and this year marks the 75th Anniversary of the founding of the World Health Organization (WHO) in 1948. This year’s theme is Health for All.
According to the World Health Organization’s fact sheet on Blindness and Vision, published in October 2022:
- Vision impairment poses an enormous global financial burden with the annual global costs of productivity losses associated with vision impairment estimated to be US $411 billion.
- The leading causes of vision impairment and blindness are uncorrected refractive errors and cataracts.
- The majority of people with vision impairment and blindness are over the age of 50 years; however, vision loss can affect people of all ages.
- Globally, at least 2.2 billion people have a near or distance vision impairment. In at least 1 billion – or almost half – of these cases, vision impairment could have been prevented or has yet to be addressed.
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Timeline of public health milestones.