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Middle East African Journal of Ophthalmology Middle East African Journal of Ophthalmology
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Year : 2008  |  Volume : 15  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 129-134

Visual disabilities in children including childhood blindness

Department for Control of Non Communicable diseases, Director General of Health Affairs, Ministry of Health, Oman

Correspondence Address:
Rajiv Khandekar
Eye & Ear Health Care, Department for Control of Non-communicable diseases, Director General of Health Affairs, Ministry of Health (HQ), PO Box 393, Muscat113
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DOI: 10.4103/0974-9233.51988

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We should address visual disabilities in children instead of only the childhood blindness. Diseases related to nutritional, communicable diseases should be addressed through strategies for achieving 'Millennium Development Goals'. Facilities in African countries and countries with populations like India and China must be strengthened to address curable/preventable visual disabilities in children. Even though all efforts are done to strengthen, we will have 0.93 million blind children by 2020. Role of family physicians and paediatricians in trans-disciplinary approach to address visual disabilities in children is very crucial. If rational distribution of skilled human resource is not planned visual disabilities will not reduce effectively. Rehabilitation of visually disabled children should be integral part of addressing childhood blindness. All stakeholders including parents of children with visual disabilities should work together to achieve the goals.

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