Prevention of Blindness Week -2023

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Prevention of Blindness Week -2023

Prevention of Blindness Week is organized from 1st to 7th April 2023.

An overview of the news

  • The Government of India organizes it to raise awareness about the blind.

  • Blindness is a serious problem and only the blind can understand the pain.

  • This campaign is organized to raise awareness to remind all the citizens of the country about the value of eyes for the blind.

  • The aim of the week is to educate people about various eye injuries, and visual impairment and bring awareness about the ways to avoid them.

Prevention of Blindness Week 2023: Theme

  • WHO is celebrating the week with the theme "The Right to Sight" in collaboration with the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) and other non-governmental organizations with the goal of eliminating preventable blindness.

Background of the week

  • Prevention of Blindness Week was organized in 1960 by the first Health Minister Rajkumari Amrit Kaur and the then Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru.

  • He established the National Society for the Prevention of Blindness in 1960 under the Societies Registration Act 1860.

  • The National Society for the Prevention of Blindness is a voluntary organization working to prevent blindness in collaboration with other organizations such as Sight Savers, Rotary International.

  • Its main areas of work are creating blindness awareness, ensuring effective treatment and timely diagnosis.

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