World Retina Week
World Retina Week is held on September 24. This event in the third decade of the month September is annual. Help us
World Retina Week is commemorated to raise awareness on Retinitis Pigmentosa [RP], Macular Degeneration [MD] and Usher Syndrome [US] as the most common retinal degenerative diseases which affect hundreds of thousands of South Africans and millions worldwide.
Retinal degeneration affects people from all racial and socio-economic groups. The total population of South Africa is 44.5 million [2001 census] and the population under 35 is 30.9 million. 2.7% of these have a disability and visual disability is the largest group.
Similar holidays and events, festivals and interesting facts
International Rabbit Day on September 23 (Held on the fourth Saturday in September);
International Day against Sexual Exploitation and Trafficking of Women and Children on September 23 (is celebrated every 23 September. It was jointly established by the World Conference of the Coalition against Trafficking in Persons and the Women’s Conference that took place in January 1999 in Dhaka, Bangladesh);
International Day of Sign Languages on September 23 (adopted by the UN on November 14, 2017);
European Mushroom Day on September 23 (Celebrated on the fourth Saturday of September);
World Rivers Day on September 24 (last Sunday of September);
World Retina Day on September 24 (Held on the last Sunday in September);
World Day Against Software Patents on September 24 (Brussels, 2nd September 2008 — A global coalition of more than 80 software companies, associations and developers has declared the 24th of September to be the “World Day Against Software Patents”);
Bladder Cancer Awareness Walk in Canada on September 24 (This charity event began in 2006. It takes place every year on the fourth Sunday in September);
World’s Largest Pet Walk on September 25 (held since 2018)