EAVI participates in GCC Forum on Avoidable Blindness

The event was attended by chairman of the Association Mr. Adel al-zamar and Director General Abdul Rahman Al Bastaki.. .

 

Organised by Sightsavers Middle East in partnership with the Prevention of Blindness Union (PBU), the forum discussed avoidable blindness and the major role that the GCC can play in saving and protecting the vision of people in developing c

 

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Organised by Sightsavers Middle East in partnership with the Prevention of Blindness Union (PBU), the forum discussed avoidable blindness and the major role that the GCC can play in saving and protecting the vision of people in developing countries.

Abdullah Al Nuaimi, Director-General of Sightsavers Middle East, said estimates showed that there were 285 million visually impaired people in the world, of whom 246 million had low vision and 39 million were blind.

He mentioned that number of blind people might rise to 76 million by 2020.

ntries.

Other speakers addressed avoidable blindness in the developing world, the importance of early intervention and the roles of GCC member states in making a life-changing difference to people in some of the world’s poorest countries.

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The event brought together more than 200 experts and representatives of 65 local, regional and international organisations from 13 countries.

 

 

 

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