Course 22

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Inclusion made easy in eye health programmes

Convenors: Babar Qureshi and David Lewis

This course is sponsored by CBM, our 10GA Programme Partner. Programme Partners are NGOs (IAPB members) who will host and run a full, listed session which will be part of the scientific programme, in collaboration with the Scientific Programme committee. IAPB thanks them for their support.


Inclusion Made Easy in Eye Health Programs: Disability Inclusive Practices for Strengthening Comprehensive Eye Care.

Women and men, boys and girls with disability, including those with vision impairment, make up 20% of the world’s poorest and most marginalised people. It is therefore essential that everyone working in eye health, including planners, providers, evaluators & funders, understand key steps they can take at their own level, to build inclusion for all people.

The objective of the course is that participants grow in knowledge and understanding of the key principles and practices which will ensure access and inclusion to eye health, for all people, regardless of their disability, gender, poverty level or other cause of marginalisation. This will help strengthen eye health practice world-wide, and is in line with the ‘WHO Universal Eye Health Global Action Plan, 2014–2019’.


  • Practices to strengthen eye care services to be accessible and inclusive for people from all disability groups, including those with vision impairment. The practices discussed will also improve inclusion for women and men, boys and girls from other marginalised groups.
  • Practices to see people with permanent vision loss empowered to access appropriate mobility, living skills, education, rehabilitation, livelihood and social opportunities.
    It is noted that at least 20% of people who are blind or have severe vision loss cannot have their sight restored
  • 3. Practical steps they can take at their own level to strengthen inclusive practice

Working with its partners, CBM has since 2009, been actively building and evaluating its practices in inclusive eye health, and seeking to develop and share these within the wider eye-health and disability sectors. We are keen to highlight and share best practice case studies from a wide range of sources. See:

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David LewisInclusive eye health overview
Babar QureshiInclusive eye health in Pakistan
Karin van DijkFacilitation of inclusive eye health by low vision services for people with different disabilities
Manfred MorchenExperiences from Asia (Vietnam / Indonesia / Cambodia)
Karl GolnikInclusive curricula in eye care
Speakers + Daud Khan, Kirsty SmithPanel discussion

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