Blindness in Southeast Asia.
—The subject chosen for the observance of World Health Day 1962 was "Prevention of Blindness." In the material circulated in this connection by the WHO Regional Office for Southeast Asia, New Delhi, to observe the day, the following information on blindness was given:
It is estimated that there are 10 to 15 million blind people in the world, of whom 650,000 are children. More than 7 million of the blind live in rural areas. Two-thirds of the cases of blindness are preventable.
In England and Wales there were more than 97,469 blind people in 1960 in a population of 45,755,000, resulting in a blindness rate of 2.13 per 1,000 (Report of the Ministry of Health, 1960).
In most of the technically and socially advanced countries in Western Europe, Australia, and North America, the blindness rate is about 2 per 1,000 of the population. In the United