Data contained in this website represents a summary of the most current information reported to the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB), correct as at September 2012. Some statistics are drawn from published documents and verified sources (as detailed below). Other information is drawn from estimates contained in official and informal reporting, and from presentations at meetings.

IAPB anticipates that gaps and inaccuracies may exist. If you are aware of updates or more reliable sources, please contact the IAPB Western Pacific Regional Office:

The value of direct country comparisons is limited, particular when different survey methodologies and different time frames exist for much of the data. Information is presented to provide a very general snapshot of the situation for eye health in the Western Pacific.

IAPB is working with in-country contacts, government representatives and the World Health Organization to systematize the collection and reporting of data within stronger health systems and improve the quality of information for planning and policy.

List of Sources

Indicator Source (all external links)
Population, health expenditure World Health Statistics, WHO, 2012
Ophthalmologists International Council of Ophthalmology
Diabetes prevalence Diabetes Atlas 5th Edition – Country Estimates, International Diabetes Federation, 2011
Human Development Index Human Development Report, UNDP, 2011
Eye health data State of the World’s Sight, WHO, 2005 or from updates reported to WHO and IAPB
Trachoma Global Atlas of Trachoma, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, the International Trachoma Initiative or from updates reported to IAPB
Water and Sanitation Progress on Drinking Water and Sanitation: 2012 Update, UNICEF, WHO, 2012