Eye Care and Sustainable Development: Evaluating Data and Policy for the Way Forward

A panel discussion series by IMPRI Impact and Policy Research Institute, New Delhi and Seva Foundation, USA

About the Series

Ensuring the eye health of the people of every nation is the key to the attainment of each of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations (UN). While this may seem to be an exaggeration, but the inherent rationale behind this is that without proper vision and eyesight the people would remain at a lack in contributing their bit towards the 2030 Agenda. Hence, the overriding understanding is that the attainment of the SDGs is contingent upon good eye health of the populace, and all problems relating to vision and eyesight need urgent corrective actions. This further translates into the need of every government to invest among other areas, more proactively towards strengthening the eye care services, such that these are affordable, accessible, and available for all. In other words, the eye-health security of the entire population is ensured.

Thus, it is very pertinent to establish the enormity of the importance of eye health for every human being. In a preliminary understanding, the major Goals that are directly impacted by the nature of eye health of the people include: 1 (No poverty); 2 (Zero hunger); 3 (Good health and well-being); 4 (Quality education); 5 (Gender equality); 8 (Decent work and economic growth), and; 10 (Reducing inequality). Other Goals are also impacted, and these can be ascertained as well. There is an inherent understanding that promotion of eye-health incurs lower expenditure and the resultant implications on the health of the people are manifold. However, in doing so, the government’s efforts need to be very targeted for the Indian population.

With this background, IMPRI Impact and Policy Research Institute, New Delhi and Seva Foundation, USA, have launched a discussion series –Eye Care and Sustainable Development: Evaluating Data and Policy for the Way Forward. This series would aim to discuss the actual need, types of eye health problems (like refractive error, glaucoma, hypertension, retina, myopia, hypermetropia, cataract, etc.), and necessary steps for rectification of such problems. Such a discussion series would go a long way in establishing the need for investment in eye care across the world towards the attainment of SDGs of the UN. Therefore this #WebPolicyTalk series seeks to make a concrete case of the need to focus on the eye health of the population, across all ages and gender. It makes a clarion call to ensure preference to strengthening eye care services through their integration into the primary health care system and health systems development.


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