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CUSVD

The UNESCO Chair: Visual Health and Development works with the aim to help the most underprivileged groups to access to a good visual assistance, through research, teaching, cooperation for development projects and activities that raise awareness.

The UNESCO Chair of Visual Health and Development was established the 5th of March of 2002, the same day that the Polytechnic University of Barcelona and UNESCO signed the constitutional agreement in Paris.

An UNESCO Chair is a high teaching and research unity adapt to the needs for Sustainable Development.  This Chair, concretely, works with the aim to help the most underprivileged groups to access to a good visual assistance, through research, teaching, cooperation for development projects and activities that raise awareness.

The Chair works together with the Visual Health Observatory since 2003. Both of them organize their work through associate centers. Those are university spaces coordinate by a professor from that university and develop training, research and cooperation programs of the Chair on regional level.

The current associate centers are:

CENTRAL AMERICAN ASSOCIATE CENTER

Faculty of Medicine. University of El Salvador.

NORTH AMERICAN ASSOCIATE CENTER

Nova South-eastern University College of Optometry.

SOUTH AMERICAN ASSOCIATE CENTER

Faculty of Optometry. University of Santo Tomás.



The CUSVD works on the following fields:

Education and training: Knowledge transfer for the professional education on visual health within the developing countries, and raise of awareness of the importance of vision in relation with development processes.

Research: increase the knowledge about the state of the art of visual assistance in the world, and the social, political and economical factors that cause it, stressing on population's access to the services, and action proposals that help on improving them. 

CUSVD is currently working on two research lines refer to vision epidemiology from a social perspective, in order to find out the possible links between visual health, social class and gender.

*Social Epidemiology of social disabilities and blindness in Spain

*Study of the Visual Health of an occupationally active population sample

Cooperation: development and implementation strategic regional action plans in order to promote and improve the access to visual health services, for the most unprivileged groups.

Raise of awareness: Raising awareness is essential for the development of values and attitudes that can lead to social changes. Therefore we carry out different campaigns and projects, like the Mundial Vision Day and workshops and school seminars, with the aim to promote reflection and reality critical analysis

Contact us

UNESCO Chair: Visual Health and Development

C/ Violinista Vellsolà, 37

08222 Terrassa

Telephone: 93.739.89.13    Fax. 93.739.83.01

e-mail:
Anna Rius: arius@euot.upc.edu

Laura Guisasolaguisasola@oo.upc.edu

Norma Martínez (communication): norma.martinez@upc.edu

Latest news:  http://saludvisualydesarrollo.blogspot.com

Website and materials: http://www.unescovision.org