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Development Policy 19-04-2017

UK doubles funding to fight tropical diseases in developing world

The UK has pledged to double the funding it gives to fighting neglected tropical diseases, in a move that will protect more than 200 million people around the world from debilitating and painful conditions.
Digital 04-05-2016

Web accessibility will now be the law of the land in Europe

On Tuesday (3 May), after a long night of negotiation, and after more than three years since its proposal, it was agreed that web accessibility will now be the law of the land in Europe. This is a victory not only for persons with disabilities, but all of us, writes Dita Charanzová.
Development Policy 28-04-2016

Senegal aid projects appeal for EU funding ahead of Dakar summit

Projects in Senegal helping disabled schoolchildren and rescuing street kids have appealed for a continuation of their EU funding, as Brussels officials fly in for a summit in the capital, Dakar, with leaders of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) nations on Thursday (28 April).
Transport 05-12-2013

Blind people want noisier cars to improve pedestrian safety

The European Blind Union (EBU) has called on the EU institutions to uphold blind people’s basic right to walk the streets safely, warning that the proliferation of electric and hybrid vehicles pose a serious threat to the blind and partially sighted.
Health 11-10-2013

Professor: Early intervention can prevent many diseases causing blindness

SPECIAL REPORT / Diseases that can cause blindness, such as diabetes-related complications, can be prevented with better healthcare. The EU should therefore ensure that statistics on blindness in Europe are more uniform so that best practices can be exchanged between member states, says Michael Larsen.
11-10-2013

South and east left behind as EU eyecare improves

SPECIAL REPORT / Citizens of Central and Eastern Europe are three times as likely to suffer from blindness or severe visual impairment than the rest of Europe, where the risk has been falling gradually, new data reveals.
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Health 09-10-2013

Blindness – the invisible threat. How can Europe respond?

Approximately 314 million people in the world are visually impaired, of whom 45 million are blind.1 Four of the most common causes of blindness globally are cataract, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and age- related macular degeneration (AMD); together they account for almost three quarters of all blindness. Around 50% of visual impairment in Europe is avoidable, if earlier and more targeted interventions are initiated.
Digital 09-10-2013

Books without borders give blind new opportunities

SPECIAL REPORT / A UN Treaty signed by the EU in late June will make it easier for blind and partially sighted people to share audio and Braille books across countries, a move which experts believe could boost the educational level of the disability group.
Health 08-10-2013

Workplace prejudice keeps blind people out of employment

SPECIAL REPORT / The statistics show that blind and partially sighted are the disability group with the lowest employment rate but the biggest obstacle for visually impaired jobseekers is not their disability, experts say.
Health 07-10-2013

Single EU definition of blindness could help save billions of euros: study

SPECIAL REPORT / Europe needs a unified definition of blindness to help tackle the condition that costs billions of euros in treatment and loss of economic activity, much of which could be saved, according to a study for the European Forum Against Blindness (EFAB), conducted across six countries.
Brexit 23-10-2012

Blind rights activist: ‘In the UK, 66% of visually impaired are unemployed’

There are huge variations in employment conditions for visually impaired Europeans, but those countries offering more modern solutions do not always provide the best chances, says Fred Reid.

Sharp contrast in jobless levels for Europe’s blind

SPECIAL REPORT/Unemployment rates amongst the visually impaired in Europe are highest in Romania, at 90%, and lowest in Sweden, where it dips below 60%, findings of an ongoing EU-backed research project show.

Europe blind to eyecare policy

SPECIAL REPORT/ MEPs have called for urgent measures to increase eyecare, as Europe's aging population and an uptick in chronic diseases threatens a rapid increase in the numbers suffering from impaired vision.