The NNJS is a central coordinating body for technical manpower and maintains links with eye hospitals and eye care centers, Government of Nepal and both national and international non-governmental organizations with regard to almost all of the eye related programs and quality control of eye care in Nepal. It plays a significant role in the evaluation and monitoring of the existing programs, mobilizes internal and external resources, involves active community participation and promotes self-reliance.

The main objectives of NNJS are as follows:

  • To reduce the present prevalence of blindness (VA <3/60) from 0.35% to <0.2% and economic blindness (VA <6/60) 0.8% to 0.4% by 2022.
  • To reduce incidence rate of preventable blindness by creating awareness in eye health and health  seeking behaviors.
  • To make available primary eye care services at local government level.
  • To provide trained human resource at all levels of eye care services.
  • To develop and strengthen policies, facilitate research and surveillance that ensures quality eye care services for the people of Nepal.
  • To establish quality assurance system in eye care service delivery system.
  • To provide comprehensive eye care services at all the eye hospitals.
  • To provide basic ear care services at all levels.

Specific Objectives

  • Increase the national CSR from the present 4300 to 6000 by the year 2022
  • Establish a cataract auditing system to monitor quality and quantity of provision by the year 2022 and achieve WHO recommended visual & outcome criteria PVA 80% and BCVA 90% by the year 2022.
  • Eliminate the corneal blindness by 2030
  • Raise the coverage of community awareness in eye diseases and service availability to > 90% by the year 2023
  • Reduce vision impairment due to URE below 2% and achieve glass usages coverage to more than 80% by 2023
  • Make aware on availability and content of IEC materials to 90% of targeted population by 2023.
  • Establish at least 100 ear care centres at district level by 2024
  • Train at least additional 70 ophthalmologists with sub-specialty trainings,
  • Establish 350 vision centres at local government level, upgrade 33 ECCs to surgical centre eye  hospital by 2024.
  • Upgrading tertiary eye hospital into Centre of Excellence in each province of Nepal.
  • Provision for Eye Banking and cornea harvesting facilities in all Centres of Excellence by the year 2024