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Publication of World Health Report 2000 ‘an act of remarkable courage,’...

Ten years on, Martin McKee reflects on report placed health system performance rankings firmly on political agenda. Martin McKee, Professor of European Health at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine has contributed one of three comment...

Initiative could cut blindness by two-thirds

Over 52 million people worldwide can avoid going blind if current and new resources are successfully implemented, according to a new study. Researchers for the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine found that without extra intervention, the global number of blind individuals would increase from 44 million in 2000 to 76 million in 2020. "Vision 2020 - The Right to Sight"?an initiative cosponsored by the World Health Organization and the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness and aimed at eliminating avoidable blindness from cataract, trachoma, onchocerciasis, vitamin A deficiency and refractive errors?would decrease the 2020 projection by 52 million individuals. The economic gain of this program would be approximately $102 billion. The study, "The Magnitude and Cost of Global Blindness: An Increasing Problem That Can Be Alleviated," will appear in the April 2003 issue of the American Journal of Ophthalmology.

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