The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) was established in 1975 as a coordinating, umbrella organisation to lead international efforts in blindness prevention activities. Its first major achievement was to promote the establishment of a WHO programme for prevention of blindness, with which it has remained strongly linked, and which is now embodied in the global initiative, VISION 2020: The Right to Sight. In September 2013 IAPB approved its new strategic plan 2013-17, which included a revision of our vision and mission.

A world in which everyone has access to the best possible standard of eye health; where no one is needlessly visually impaired; and where those with irreparable vision loss achieve their full potential.

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Join Global Partnership for Assistive Technology
IAPB will align with the Global Partnership for Technology. IAPB commits to provide technical advice to the Partnership, and continuing to promote greater access to eye care related Assistive Technology and Assistive Devices via advocacy, technical advice to WHO GATE, and inclusion of devices on the IAPB Standard List sourcing platform.

Timeframe and/or implementation plan: N/A.

Theme: Harnessing Technology and Innovation
Year: 2018