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Our partners

We have developed partnerships with many international organisations dedicated to improving social welfare, including the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB).

International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB)

WCO holds Group A membership with the IAPB. Our Past President, Robert Chappell, sits on the IAPB Board of Trustees.


We collaborate with VOSH on public health interventions around the world where needed, and are working to create the framework for long-term sustainability.

World Health Organization

In January 2012, the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Executive Board agreed to maintain the World Council of Optometry (WCO) in official relations for a further three year term as part of its Civil Society initiative. This prestigious status was first granted to WCO in 2006, and renewed in 2009. In making its decision, the Board commended WCO’s continuing dedication in support of the work of WHO.

WCO is one of only 182 nongovernmental organisations worldwide to currently be in official relations with WHO, and is the first and only optometric organisation to have this designation.

World Optometry Foundation (WOF)

The WOF is a not-for-profit organisation that finances the development of optometry around the world to reduce avoidable blindness.

All funds raised by WOF are used to support the World Council of Optometry’s programmes and projects