Did you know...

Psychosocial disabilities are common. About one out of eight to half (12–48%) of all people will suffer from psychosocial disabilities at some point during their life. (Source: WHO)
Read about CBM and community mental health

CBM at WHO's Asia Regional Consultation Meeting on World Report on Vision

Participants at the WHO's Asia Regional Consultation on World Report on Vision
© WHO
Participants at the WHO's Asia Regional Consultation on World Report on Vision

Dr. Sara Varughese along with other participants at WHO's Asia Regional Consultation on developing a World Report on Vision

Dr. Sara Varughese, the Regional Director of CBM South Asia, was invited by the World Health Organization to be a part of the Asia Regional Consultation on developing a World Report on Vision. The two-day meeting that was held in Bangkok earlier in March brought together experts from the field of eye care to discuss and review the draft of the report. 

It is an honour to be recognized for CBM’s expertise and to be invited by WHO to contribute to the development of the World Report on Vision. Intended for governments, NGOs, academics, multilateral agencies and private sectors, the report is to bring to light the magnitude of vision loss around the globe with convincing evidence and deliberate on the multifaceted challenges that vision loss and impairment bring about in the lives and families of people affected. The report will also include details of its prevention, treatment and rehabilitation, and offer recommendations to overcome the inequalities vision loss can engender in one’s life. It will also contribute to the 3rd Sustainable Development Goal to achieve Good Health and Well-Being for all. 

The consultation meeting included various feedback sessions on the draft of the report and discussions on eye care and services. The participants also discussed the challenges facing Eye Care, essentials for services and universal health coverage. The report is to be released in 2018 and will contribute significantly to the understanding on how persons with visual impairment can have productive lives.   

The WHO estimates the number of people affected by visual impairment in India to be 54 million. As with any form of disabilities, people affected by visual impairment have lack of access to basic services such as education and livelihood. Their lives of inequalities pushes people with disabilities into poverty, which in turn results in reduced access to nutrition and sanitation and increased vulnerability towards further disabilities. People with loss of vision and vision impairments and their families thereby enter a never ending cycle of poverty and disability. 

What CBM does is to bring them out of this cycle though programs on healthcare, education and livelihood. CBM has over a 100 years’ experience globally and 50 years’ in India of working for the rights of people with disabilities, particularly those with vision impairment. From ensuring affordable healthcare services, aids and equipment for people with visual impairment to advocating for their education and providing them with viable livelihood opportunities, CBM continues to pave the way for many out of poverty and into a promising future. 

Thumbnail for video "Winning combination of cricket and inclusion" Thumbnail for video "Winning combination of cricket and inclusion"

Winning combination of cricket and inclusion

Message by India’s T20 Blind Cricket Team on celebrating CBM India’s winning combination of cricket and inclusion.

Thumbnail for video "Why Vidya must go to school" Thumbnail for video "Why Vidya must go to school"

Why Vidya must go to school

We all feel very strongly about the need of education for enabling children to find opportunities and addressing development challenges of the country


Donate

Donate
Go to Website

CBM worldwide

back to CBM international

Or try this:

Due to your location and language settings you might be interested in the following CBM sites:

CBM affiliates around the world

United Kingdom
donateBottom
© CBM International

Meta navigation, Legal

Access key details

Contact