Global Consortium

About the Vision 2020 Australia Global Consortium

Preventing avoidable blindness is one of the most cost effective of all public health interventions. Vision 2020 Australia and its members presented a 10-year Regional Plan: A Plan to Eliminate Avoidable Blindness and Vision Impairment in our Region (2008) to the Australian Government that demonstrated avoidable blindness could be eliminated in Asia and the Pacific resulting in significant savings to national health budgets and a major contribution towards the Millennium Development Goals. 
Recognising the potential for significant impact in the region, the Australian Government established a $45 million Avoidable Blindness Initiative (ABI) (2007). 
The Vision 2020 Australia Global Consortium brings together six Australian eye health and vision care organisations. With the support of the Australian Government’s Avoidable Blindness Initiative the Global Consortium works with governments across the region and has become a leading example of the improved sustainable health outcomes that can be achieved through effective partnerships. 
Since 2010 the Global Consortium has implemented programs in:
  • Cambodia 
  • Fiji 
  • Papua New Guinea 
  • Samoa 
  • Solomon Islands 
  • Timor-Leste 
  • Vietnam

Global Consortium Programs

Vision 2020 Australia Global Consortium programs focus on establishing progressive improvement toward sustainable locally led eye health services and meeting immediate avoidable blindness and eye health needs by:
  • developing training institutions and materials for eye health practitioners at all levels
  • supporting outreach services in rural and underserved areas
  • directly tackling treatable conditions such as cataract through surgeries and other sight restoring interventions, or ensuring access to rehabilitation services for those whose vision impairment is untreatable
  • ensuring eye health infrastructure and equipment is available and able to meet service needs (e.g. at clinics, hospitals and vision centres)
  • promotion of gender equitable and disability inclusive policies and responses to maximise the impact and reach of improved eye health services among all who need them.

Vision 2020 Australia Global Consortium member agencies

The International Agency for Preventable Blindness (IAPB) Western Pacific Region also receives support through the Global Consortium. 
IAPB delivers workshops throughout the region to enhance communication, encourage good data collection and oversee implementation of National Eye Health Plans. A key focus of the IAPB’s work is to support and build capacity at a local level to strengthen advocacy and coordination in-country.

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