Azerbaijan, Baku / Trend corr. S.Babayeva / International Day for the Blind is celebrated on 13 November. According to a report by the World Health Organization (WHO) there are about 37mln blind people in the world. There are 35,000 blind people in Azerbaijan, 6,000 are under the age of 18.
"Blind people usually need care and attention," Samar Abdullayev, the head of the Azerbaijani Blind Association, said. The organization was founded to improve the socio-economic state of the blind. Abdullayev noted that the organization have settled such problems as employment, education and social security through contact with state and non-governmental organizations.
According to Abdullayev, it is expected that a decision will be made by the Government regarding a recent study concerning the problems of the blind. The study was held by eight state bodies.
A set of proposal was submitted to the Government as a result of the study. The package consists of 27 proposals, which includes an increase in social allowances, as well as education and placing the blind in employment.
International Day of the Blind is celebrated by WHO in order to draw attention to the problems of the blind.
Along with 37mln blind people there are 124,000 partially sighted people.
The WHO calls for all UN member-countries to develop and implement national plans of ophthalmology assistance and to pay more attention to strengthen preventive measures.
The organization coordinates the company 'Sight 2020: Right to Eyesight' directed to take preventive measures of the blind by 2020.