One third of the world's population suffers visual impairment
The World Health Organization reveals that 2.2 billion people suffer from limitations, and almost half of them could be solved or prevented.
They are the ones that are limited by vision impairments that would alleviate simple glasses. That concludes the World Health Organization (WHO), which has just presented its first vision report. The figures, he warns, are approximate, since the available data is scarce. But what is clear is that at least 2.2 billion human beings (almost a third of the world's population) suffer from vision problems.
The document indicates that people who live in rural areas, with low incomes, the elderly, ethnic minorities and indigenous populations are the groups that suffer most from these vision problems. Unattended visual disability in low and middle income regions is four times higher than in rich countries, and the situation is especially serious in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, where blindness rates are eight times higher than in the developed world.
In its report, WHO recommends that countries implement eye health centers in health systems and make vision care an integral part of public health. “People who need eye care should be able to receive quality interventions without financial difficulties. Including eye care in national plans and essential care packages is an important part of each country's journey to universal health coverage, ”says Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director general of the organization, in a statement.