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RESEARCH STUDY

RESEARCH

The Power of Advocacy: Advancing Vision for Everyone to Meet the Sustainable Development Goals

AUTHOR:

Eva Lazuka-Nicoulaud, Kovin Naidoo, Kristan Gross, Judith Marcano Williams,, Andrea Kirsten-Coleman

SPONSOR/INSTITUTION:

This article was fully sponsored by Vision Impact Institute, a global non-profit organization whose mission is to raise awareness of the importance of vision correction and protection to make good vision a global priority.

YEAR PUBLISHED:

2022

PUBLICATION:

International Journal of Public Health

KEY HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Advocacy is instrumental to achieving significant policy change for vision. 

  • Global advocacy efforts over the past decades enabled recognition of vision as a major public health, human rights, and development issue. 

  • The United Nations General Assembly adopted its first-ever Resolution on vision: “Vision for Everyone—Accelerating Action to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)” on 23 July 2021. 

  • The Resolution sets the target and commits the international community to improve vision for the 1.1 billion people living with preventable vision impairment by 2030. 

  • To fulfill their commitments, governments and international institutions must act now. 

  • Advocacy remains instrumental to mobilize funding and empower governments and stakeholders to include eye health in their implementation agenda. 

  • In this paper, we discuss the pivotal role advocacy plays in advancing vision for everyone now and in the post-COVID-19 era. 

  • We explore the link between improved eye health and the advancement of SDGs and define the framework and key pillars of advocacy to scaling-up success by 2030.