2.2 billion people are blind or visually impaired worldwide. Half of them lack access to eye care. Together, we are working to change that. This World Sight Day, Novartis is proud to partner with the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) to expand equitable access to eye care in remote communities with the initiation of early detection eye health screening programs.
The first of these screenings programs will run in southeast Asia countries including Philippines and Vietnam and will consist of education and online referral initiatives as well as home screening tools to enable early detection and facilitate timely medical consultation. The aim is to educate and screen more than 1.5 million people across these countries.
Meet a Rwandan visionary
Dr. Theophile Tuyisabe is one of only 18 ophthalmologists in Rwanda. We spoke with him about his vision for more equitable eye care for all.