VISION 2020 is the global initiative for the elimination of         avoidable blindness, launched jointly by the World Health         Organization (WHO) and the International Agency for the         Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) with an international         membership of NGOs, professional associations, eye         care institutions and corporations.
    VISION 2020 member organizations are working         together to eliminate avoidable blindness, to give         everyone in the world the Right to Sight.
    To eliminate the main causes of avoidable blindness by the year 2020 by facilitating theplanning,development     and implementation of sustainable national eye care programmes based on the three core strategies of         disease control, human resource development and infrastructure and technology, incorporating the         principles of primary health care. This will be achieved by mobilising the will and passion for action through         advocacy and by mobilising resources.

    A world in which no one is needlessly blind and where those with unavoidable vision loss         can achieve their full potential.

    The overall aim is to eliminate the main causes of avoidable blindness by the year 2020 and toprevent the         projected doubling of avoidable vision impairment between 1990 and 2020.
    From the outset, it has been clear that the goal of eliminating avoidable blindness by the year 2020will best         be achieved by integrating an equitable, sustainable, comprehensive eye-care system intoevery national         health system. The VISION 2020 initiative is intended to strengthen national health-care systems and         facilitate national capacity-building.

  • Increase awareness, within key audiences, of the causes of avoidable blindness and the solutions to the problem;
  • Advocate for and secure the necessary resources to increase prevention and treatment activities; and
  • Facilitate the planning, development and implementation of national VISION 2020 programmes in all     countries.
    National programmes have three main elements: cost-effective disease control, human resource     development and infrastructure and technology.
    VISION 2020 is built on a foundation of community participation. Overarching issues, such as equity,     quality of services and visual outcomes, are addressed as part of national programmes.