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Ethiopia to Integrate Eye Health in School Strategy
The Ministry of Education, Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, has just approved the new School Health and Nutrition Strategy plan, which, for the first time, includes school eye health. This is a direct result of IAPB intervention and advocacy, both at national level in Ethiopia and internationally with the World Bank and Imperial College London, the Partnership for Child Development who are leading the global school health programme.
IAPB forged links with Imperial College London and requested the opportunity to include a session on school eye health in the workshops they hold at national level with the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Health as an initial step into preparing a national school health programme.
Following this, IAPB, led by Mr. Hasan Minto, Brien Holden Vision Institute, presented in a workshop in Kenya and in Ethiopia, where he was supported by Amir Bedri Kello, Co-Chair of IAPB Eastern Africa. Thanks to this intervention the school health and nutrition plan for Ethiopia now includes school eye health, which will mean all school age children will have better eye health awareness and access to primary eye care services.
See below a video interview with Dr. Amir Bedri Kello about integrating eye health into school health in Ethiopia.