London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Reducing blindness worldwide


Eighty per cent of blindness worldwide is either preventable or reversible, and the University has played an internationally influential role in researching and providing training in the prevention and treatment of diseases causing blindness in developing countries. Students learn skills that enable them to assess and control the major diseases that cause blindness and to deliver high-quality eye care to people living in the poorest and most remote rural communities in the world. Staff have been a significant influence in establishing Vision 2020 — the Global Initiative to Eliminate Avoidable Blindness — and it is estimated that the programme will save 100 million from blindness over its 20-year period.