Santen Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. (“Santen”) said today that it will take action to implement UN General Assembly Resolution A/75/L.108 on eye health in collaboration with the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB). This follows months of working with the IAPB to advocate for worldwide action to enhance access to basic eye health treatments.
Santen is dedicated to helping people with vision problems get access to social and economic possibilities. The new United Nations General Assembly resolution encourages governments and key stakeholders from all across the world to mobilize the resources needed to solve this critical issue. Eye health will be promoted and included in the work of UNICEF, UN Women, UNDP, UNESCO, the International Labor Organization, and the UN Road Safety Collaboration. Eye health will be pushed into the funding priority of international financial organizations and donors.
As part of their ongoing strategic partnership, Santen and the IAPB will collaborate on a number of initiatives to support the implementation of this resolution, including establishing an effective monitoring system with national governments and supranational stakeholders, and encouraging the inclusion of eye health in voluntary national reporting on the Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs) and the coordination of advocacy and public relations plan to lobby for the inclusion of two eye health targets in the UN Inter-Agency Expert Group’s next assessment of the SDGs in 2025.
Due to a lack of basic eye care services, 1.1 billion individuals are suffering from preventable vision loss. Sight can be protected with the proper allocation of resources and investment in early identification and treatment of eye disorders, such as illness awareness campaigns and regular eye exams. Vision loss can lead to despair, discomfort, and social isolation, all of which can have a negative impact on one’s quality of life (QOL). Furthermore, sight loss is estimated to cost the global economy $411 billion in lost productivity each year, indicating that it has significant economic effects. More than half of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), such as eradicating poverty and hunger, boosting education, and achieving gender equality, are directly linked to eye health.
As a result, a “whole-of-government approach” to eye care is required, as well as more collaboration across stakeholders, to guarantee that people living with preventable vision loss have access to assistance and treatment.
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