About IAPB

Leading Blindness Prevention Efforts Worldwide

The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) was established in 1975 as a coordinating, umbrella organisation to lead international efforts in blindness prevention activities. Its first major achievement was to promote the establishment of a WHO programme for prevention of blindness, with which it has remained strongly linked, and which is now embodied in the global initiative, VISION 2020: The Right to Sight.


A world in which no one is needlessly blind or visually impaired and where those with unavoidable vision loss can achieve their full potential.

Global IAPB Objectives

Within the mandate of combating avoidable blindness, the Agency has major objectives. These are:

Implementation with countries and IAPB members

IAPB works to encourage the formation of national prevention of blindness committees and programmes, led by governments with input from the WHO, local and international non-governmental organisations. These now exist in over eighty countries.