Hungary leads efforts to raise awareness about visual impairment

Semmelweis University

Hungary’s State Minister for Health, Miklos Szocska, speaking at a press conference on World Sight Day

World Sight Day is an annual day of awareness to focus global attention on blindness, visual impairment and rehabilitation of the visually impaired held on the second Thursday in October. The Day is observed around the world by all partners involved in preventing visual impairment or restoring sight. It is also the main advocacy event for the prevention of blindness and for "Vision 2020: The Right to Sight", a global effort to prevent blindness created by WHO and the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness.

At a press conference to mark the Day, held on 11 October 2012 together with the Hungarian State Ministry of Health and Semmelweis University, the Head of the WHO Country Office in Hungary emphasized that Hungary is a flagship country in promoting this initiative. The current European President of the initiative, Professor Janos Nemeth, is also from Hungary. The State Minister for Health, the Rector of Semmelweis University and the Director of the Ophthalmology Clinic all spoke about the importance of prevention and the success of the programme they launched last year. The event received wide media coverage.