World Health Organization, Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean Gov't Doc #: EM/RC42/R.6
Type Of Publication : Regional Committee resolutions RC Resolution Fulltext The Regional Committee, Recognizing that blindness and visual impairment are important public health problems in the Region, Concerned at the ever-increasing
magnitude of the problem of visual loss, a considerable percentage of which is avoidable, Mindful of the great socio-economic and health benefits resulting from preventing visual disability, 1. EXPRESSES its appreciation for the progress made in several countries in the implementation of national programmes for the prevention of blindness; 2. URGES Member States of the Eastern Mediterranean Region to: 2.1 pursue the establishment or strengthening of national blindness prevention programmes; 2.2 gather accurate data on the magnitude of the problem of visual loss and its causes; 2.3 develop mechanism to collaborate effectively with interested non-governmental organizations and institutions concerned with blindness control, and coordinate their input to national programmes; 2.4 consider setting a target for eliminating the cataract surgery backlog within one decade; 3. REQUESTS the Regional Director to: 3.1 assist countries technically in the assessment of the magnitude of the problem of blindness and its causes, and to make available models for the evaluation of national blindness prevention programmes; 3.2 develop and disseminate technical guidelines and training materials on the prevention of avoidable visual loss; 3.3 continue to inform the Regional Committee, through his Annual Report, of blindness prevention and control activities carried out by Member States; 4. INVITES nongovernmental organizations to continue to collaborate with WHO and national authorities to provide support to blindness prevention as apart of primary health care.
Keywords: Noncommunicable Diseases,
( 1995).Prevention and control of blindness in the region, World Health Organization, Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean