Vision for Vision

Project facts

Project promoter:
Retina Bulgaria(BG)
Project Number:
BG-ACTIVECITIZENS-0012
Status:
In implementation
Initial project cost:
€116,595
Donor Project Partners:
Blindrafelagid(IS)
Other Project Partners
Foundation for local government reform(BG)

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Description

Bulgaria is one of the countries whose unmet needs regarding eye and visual health are on average 4 times higher compared to high-income countries, some public groups having much higher needs than this rate. There is no established mechanism at central and local administrative level for coordination of the healthcare, social and research and educational sectors providing measures to prevent blindness and safeguard the rights of the visually impaired. This is a pilot project aiming at raising the awareness of the public and public institutions about the leading reasons for vision loss in Bulgaria and opportunities for prevention. The goal is to use civic engagement and carry out research to stimulate an informed debate leading to interaction with the stakeholders and setting up a public-private partnership to formulate policies ensuring eye and vision health. The expected outcomes include establishing the main gaps and inconsistencies in the existing legal framework, medical practices and standards regarding eye health in Bulgaria, identifying the main needs of the visually impaired, raising health awareness among the people affected by vision loss by developing an information platform for them and by holding a national campaign and training seminars across the different regions of the country, preparing and proposing a package of measures for amendments to the legal framework, medical practices and standards as well as social activities preventing vision loss. The partnership with a civil society organization with experience in developing and introducing local policies (Foundation for Local Government Reform) will boost the capacity for work in the municipalities and partnership with the Icelandic Association of Visually Impaired will enable integration of good international practices. The project is expected to benefit public institutions, national and local authorities responsible for eye and vision health as well as the visually impaired in Bulgaria.

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