LINKS History

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LINKS PROGRAMME

Over the Years

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Origins

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VISION 2020: The Right to Sight’ global initiative was launched in 1999 by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB), with the aim of eliminating avoidable blindness by the year 2020

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The first LINKS

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The VISION 2020 LINKS Programme was requested by IAPB and funded by 2 NGOs (CBM and SSI) and led by Marcia Zondervan

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The programme grows

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10 LINKS established and formalised in 7 African countries

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Truly international

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25 LINKS established in 15 African countries, plus 2 in Indonesia

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The first Network

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Diabetic Retinopathy Network (DR-NET) established

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Expanding networks

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Retinoblastoma Network (Rb-NET) established

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LINKS today

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26 active LINKS in Africa, plus 4 in Asia and the Caribbean

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