Course 24

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Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and eye health

Convenors: Johannes Trimmel and Dominic Haslam


The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were adopted by the UN General Assembly in September 2015 and are now part of a new, global Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development. This Agenda is universal, people-centred and balances the three dimensions of sustainable development: the economic, the social and the environmental dimensions. It envisions a transformational change in all countries and globally to tackle inequality, end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all. In the health sector, the move from the Millennium Development Goal (MDG 2000-2015) approach of targeting specific mortality-related diseases, to the SDGs focus on universal health coverage, is a significant shift. Alongside many other health issues, eye health is not specifically mentioned in Goals or targets. However, the WHO’s Global Action Plan approach of promoting Universal Eye Health is very much in alignment with Agenda 2030 and that creates significant opportunities for our sector.
The focus of this course is to explore how to make the SDGs work for Universal Eye Health in countries, with examples from within and outside the eye health sector.


  • Inspire participants to engage in processes to develop SDG national action plans, and follow their implementation and monitoring in areas relevant for universal eye health.
  • Share good practice on linking up eye health with general health and social policies in the frame of SDGs at national and/or regional level.
  • Deepen knowledge on the SDGs and their relevance for universal eye health.
Dominic Haslam and Johannes TrimmelIntroduction: SDGs and eye health
David DonoghueNational implementation of the SDGs
Johannes TrimmelHow to make the SDG target on Universal Health Coverage work on national level
Juliet MilgateSDG national implementation and monitoring: examples from partner countries
Wondu AlemayehuSDG and NTDs national implementation

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