Under the Theme “Stronger Together”
MoPH Marks World Sight Day
In recognition of World Sight Day, celebrated this year under the theme “Stronger Together”, the Ministry of Public Health recently organized a host of events and awareness activities in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and Higher Education, Primary Health Care Corporation and Qatar Social and Cultural Centre for the Blind.
The activities took place at 13 independent schools, to raise awareness about vision impairment and eye diseases.
The events were managed by a team from the Control of Blindness Programme and the Public Health Department, and included lectures for parents and students on eye diseases and conditions which can cause blindness, and the importance of regular eye check-ups for diagnosis and early treatment.
In addition, specialists from Qatar Social and Cultural Centre for the Blind presented a brief showcasing the daily life and struggles of blind persons.
The World Sight Day is an international day of awareness, held annually on the second Thursday of October to focus attention on the global issue of avoidable visual impairment and blindness.
This year’s theme “Stronger Together” highlights the importance of collective work among all the state’s sectors and institutions to provide financial support for the control of blindness programmes as well as educating groups who are at higher risk such as elderly people, children and people with diabetes.
At the local level, the State of Qatar is one of the first countries to adopt a national action plan to avoid blindness and vision impairment 2014-2019, which has been developed by the World Health Organization (WHO).
Approximately 285 million people worldwide live with low vision and blindness and of these individuals, 39 million are blind and 246 million have moderate or severe visual impairment which could be otherwise avoided through treatment. 80% of visual impairment is avoidable, whether readily treatable or by addressing preventable diseases.