VISION 2020: The Right to Sight is the global initiative for the elimination of avoidable blindness, a joint programme of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB).
VISION 2020: The Right to Sight was launched in 1999. It sought to promote a world in which nobody is needlessly visually impaired, where those with unavoidable vision loss can achieve their full potential.
Here in The Gambia with our community support worker Bai Falang Sarr, a native of Gunjur and currently being sponsored to compete his nursing qualification we identify members of the community that are in need of support due to visual impairments. Working with Sheikh Zayed regional eye care centre patients are assessed and treated. Treatments range from eye drops and medicines to brain scans and operations.
Additionally working with GP lodge we have eye specialists who visit The Gambia and provide free eye testing and prescription glasses.
During these sessions patients who had more severe, optical problems including cataracts are referred to the Sheikh Zayed regional eye care center.