Author: Susan Evans

Susan Evans

Project Officer, Seeing is Believing
Organisation: IAPB

“Stronger Together” – Travelling in Groups to Improve Women’s Access to Eye Care in Bangladesh

A key barrier for women to access eye care identified through our KAP study, gender analysis and field survey, was women’s inability to travel from their homes to hospitals to receive diagnosis and treatment. Although this looks like a simple problem, there are multiple conditions which make this problem more complicated. First of all, the…

Strengthening patient referral systems and diagnosis and treatment services in Pakistan

  Strengthening referral systems and diagnosis and treatment services in three hospitals in Pakistan has resulted in more than 50,000 diabetic patients being screened and treated for Sight-Threatening Diabetic Retinopathy in four years. Sightsavers ‘Seeing is Believing’ project – “Strengthening Pakistan’s Response to Diabetic Retinopathy” – is designed to prevent visual impairment due to Diabetic…

Revolutionizing School Screening in Kenya through the Portable Eye Examination Kit (Peek)

Worldwide, 19 million children are visually impaired, with three quarters living in low-income countries. In Kenya, the prevalence of visual impairment among children ages 6 to 20 is 4.8% to 5.6%. If not detected and treated early, visual impairment affects a child’s academic performance and their entire quality of life. Fortunately, through projects like Peek,…

Seeing is Believing: The Cataract BOOST Study

Cataract BOOST (Better Operative Outcomes Software Tool) is a simple, free and easy-to-use app to help surgeons monitor and improve cataract surgical outcomes. BOOST enables surgeons to record results the day after cataract surgery, then analyse and benchmark their performance against other users around the world. It also suggests strategies to improve surgical quality where…

SiB Webinars – Human Resource Development

In October 2018 we held a series of SiB Webinars on ‘Human Resource Development’. Where SiB projects explained Human Resource Development strategies they implement. Please see the Webinar recordings below: SiB South East Asia & Western Pacific Regional Webinar recording: SiB Africa Regional Webinar recording: To view recordings of previous SiB & IAPB Webinars, please…

SiB Webinars – Working with Government

In March we held a series of SiB Webinars on ‘Working with Governements’. Where SiB projects explained how they work with Governments in their projects. Please see the Webinar recordings below: SiB South East Asia & Western Pacific Regional Webinar recording: SiB Africa Regional Webinar recording:

Orbis China – Special School Survey and Programme Delivery

“Seeing is Believing” Shanxi CHEER Project established a child eye health network to improve children’s quality of life and learning opportunities through the collaboration among multiple governmental sectors. Multidisciplinary personnel (e.g. health, education and rehabilitation) were trained in serving children with visual impairment or multiple disabilities through the project. In the last one and half…

CBM/BHVI Nigeria Child Eye Health – the importance of advocacy to address barriers revealed by KAP study

SiB Nigeria teamNigeria, with a population of 180 million people, is among the most populous countries in Africa. Data from the Nigeria National Blindness and Visual Impairment study (2006 -2007) stated that 0.6 percent of children suffer blindness and visual impairment. Cataract, trachoma, congenital glaucoma, and paediatric retinoblastoma are the leading causes of impaired vision.…

Data transparency and information sharing A case study from “Combatting Blindness in Peru”

Between July 2014 and June 2018, CBM’s Combatting Blindness in Peru project was delivered through a cluster of six partner organisations across 13 regions, with support from the Seeing is Believing initiative funded by Standard Chartered and CBM. Through project monitoring, anecdotal evidence was collected about high levels of data and information sharing between some…

IAPB Africa – 2nd Meeting of Experts on the Validation of the WHO Regional Core Competencies for Eye Heath Workers in the Africa Region

In February, WHO AFRO and IAPB held a consultation workshop in Nairobi attended by eye health experts with the overall objective of validating the core competencies required to inform training and quality of care by the eye health professionals’ within the Sub-Saharan Africa region.  This meeting was the second face to face review of the…

Sightsavers India, Making change using culture as a tool – Community Health Awareness Program using Theatre in Sundarbans

The correction of refractive error with appropriate spectacles has proven to be one of the most cost-effective vision improving interventions in eye care. However, findings from spectacles compliance show variation in compliance patterns around different age groups and gender. For example, if a person/child does not use prescribed spectacles, the efforts to correct refractive errors…

Sightsavers Pakistan – Strategies to Ensure Treatment Compliance

Early detection, regular check-up’s, timely treatment and diabetes management have a direct impact on the development, progress and regression of diabetic retinopathy. Sightsavers has introduced various strategies to ensure treatment compliance by patients identified with diabetic retinopathy in our “Strengthening Pakistan’s Response to Diabetic Retinopathy” project, funded by Seeing is Believing (Phase V). Firstly, we appointed…