News and notices. Comm Eye Health Vol. 20 No. 63 2007. September 01, 2007


World Sight Day

World Sight Day 2007 will highlight blindness and visual impairment in children as a major public health issue around the world. For more information, go to

Technology publications available

The Standard List for a VISION 2020 Eye Care Service Unit contains information about the medicines, equipment, instruments, optical supplies, and educational resources needed to set up a VISION 2020 service delivery unit, typically serving a population of 500,000 to 1 million. For each item listed, it gives guidance on price and the contact details of the suppliers.

The Technology Guidelines for a District Eye Care Programme builds on the information in the Standard List to provide guidance on the quantities of equipment, pharmaceuticals, etc., needed at each level of a district programme. The guidelines are also available in French.

These publications can be downloaded from and CD-ROMs and print versions can be obtained from the International Centre for Eye Health, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Keppel Street, London WC1E 7HT, UK. Fax: +44 20 7958 8325.

World Congress on Refractive Error presentations

The presentations given at the first World Congress on Refractive Error, held in Durban in March this year, have recently been made available online.

VISION 2020 workshop held in London

A total of 27 participants from 13 countries attended the annual ‘Planning forVISION 2020’ workshop held by the International Centre for Eye Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in July. The main aim of the workshop was to familiarise participants with the goals and objectives of VISION 2020: The Right to Sight and the planning principles involved in establishing community eye health programmes. In addition to lectures about eye diseases and programme planning, the participants worked in teams to develop a model for eye care interventions in their selected regions. To apply for future short courses, email: [email protected]

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