Comm Eye Health Vol. 33 No. 109 2020 pp 48. Published online 01 September 2020.

From the editor’s desk

Elmien Wolvardt

Editor and Health Educationist: International Centre for Eye Health, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, UK.

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It is doubtful whether anything could have prepared the world for the impact of COVID-19. Measures to reduce the risk of transmission have not only disrupted our daily lives, but also the way eye care is delivered. The need for eye care has not gone away, however, nor has our resolve, as the Community Eye Health Journal team, to support the people responsible for delivering eye health worldwide. This special issue on COVID-19 is for you.

It has been a privilege to work with so many experienced authors, reviewers and editors during the past four months; I am deeply grateful for the many long hours you have put into this issue, often while juggling other work commitments and family responsibilities.

A big thank you also to our supporting organisations (see p. 3); without you, none of this would be possible! We are also grateful to CBM for an additional grant that has allowed us to produce and distribute additional COVID-19 content – making this a 40-page double issue.

The pandemic has changed the way we publish new articles. If you are a member of our mailing list (, follow us on social media (@CEHJournal) or use our new app (, you may already have seen that we are now publishing articles online as soon as they are ready; we hope this will support you in this time of rapid change.

For more COVID-19 content, including case studies and instructions for making your own hand sanitiser gel, download the CEHJ App from or visit our website:

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