The program " VISION 2020: The Right to Sight " is a World Initiative undertaken in 1999 by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Agency for the Prevention of the Blindness (IAPB) to which joined Associations and Organizations working in eye health. The objective is to fight against avoidable blindness. Madagascar adhered to this program on May 24th, 2004.
Within the framework of the related activities for sensitization, every year, the second Thursday of October would be reserved, for all countries, to celebrate the World Sight Day. This year, the celebration will be held on October 9th 2014 in Mahajanga, jointly, since four years, with the Congress of the Malagasy Ophthalmologists Society.
Thus, the planned activities for this celebration will be as follows:
- August 25th to 29th, visit in Mahajanga for administrative preparation
- September 1st to October 4th : community screening in eye diseases and cataracts for the free surgeries in Mahajanga Region
- September 29 th to October 3rd trainings and sharing experiences with American Ophthalmologists from Emory University, USA
o glaucoma at CHU JRA Ampefiloha (Teaching Hopsital Antananarivo
o oculoplastic at SALFA Ambohibao Antananarivo
o retinopathy at CENHOSOA (Military Hospital)
- October 7th and 8th: free cataracts surgeries at Androva Mahajanga Teaching Hospital
- October 9th: World Sight Day 2014 Celebration, Mahajanga;
- October 9th pm and 10th: Malagasy Ophthalmologists Society Congress with Scientific communications papers;
- 15 000 sensitized people
- 40 free cataracts surgeries;
- 1 000 glasses allotted free or at moderate price;
- All stakeholders in eye health promotion engaged