Author: Susan Evans

Susan Evans

Project Officer, Seeing is Believing
Organisation: IAPB

Step by step: Integration of eye health into the Primary Health Care system in Pakistan

A significant step towards health service integration in Pakistan was taken 25 years ago when a community health workers programme was launched – known as the “National Programme for Family Planning and Primary Health Care (FP&PHC)”[1]. It set out to fulfil the unmet health needs of people living in rural areas by providing essential primary…

Quality Improvement of Laser Treatment (QUILT)

Diabetes mellitus is rapidly increasing as a major cause of death and organ damage globally. According to the World Health Organization and International Diabetes Federation, the number of people living with diabetes was 425 million in 2017 and is projected to rise to 629 million in 2045. One of the most feared complications of diabetes…

Integrating eye health services into the health system in Uganda – how it was achieved

Experience has shown us that the best formula (strategy) for success lies in the engagement of all partners and stakeholders from project inception, planning, implementation, monitoring up and including project closure or wrap-up. It is with this in mind that in implementing the Mubende Comprehensive Eye Health Project in Uganda which is currently in its…

Integrating gender into eye health services: Through the Lens of WHO’s 6 Pillars of Health

Integrating gender into eye health services: Through the Lens of WHO’s 6 Pillars of Health The Fred Hollows Foundations follows the World Health Organisation’s ‘6 Pillars of Health’ to achieve the Seeing is Believing project’s objective of increasing demand for services and provide services with gender equity in Barisal Division. The six pillars as mentioned…

Integrating Child Eye Health into the Health System

By collaborating with child eye health relevant sectors including health, education, and disabled people’s federation (DPF), SiB V Shanxi CHEER (Children’s Healthy Eyes bring Educational Rewards) Project integrated child eye health into the health system at primary-, secondary- and tertiary-level in Shanxi China. Comprehensive eye care services for prevention, treatment, rehabilitation and early education were…

Share your learning with the SiB community

Send us your articles for SiB newsletters now! You can now send us your articles for the September 2019, November 2019 & January 2020 SiB Newsletters. Submitting an article to the SiB newsletter is a great opportunity to showcase learning from your SiB project and reflect on strategies that will be of interest to the…

SiB Webinars – Integrating Eye Health into Primary Health Systems

In April 2019 we held a series of SiB Webinars on ‘Integrating Eye Health into Primary Health Systems’. Where SiB projects explained what strategies they implement to integrate eye health. Please see the Webinar recordings below: SiB South East Asia & Western Pacific Regional Webinar recording: SiB Africa Regional Webinar recording: To view recordings of…

Improving eye health care in remote rural areas: building the knowledge of rural medical practitioners

Subhas Chandra Maity plays a key role in reducing the prevalence of avoidable blindness for some of the 4.7 million people living in the small remote islands of the Sundarbans region of West Bengal, India. A shortage of health professionals in many rural areas in India creates numerous challenges and these issues become even starker…

Using a Community Durbar in Ghana to raise community awareness of eye health

On Tuesday 26 June 2018, members from Onwe, Worakese, Amankwadee and Akokofe communities gathered at the Akokofe Community Centre for the annual community durbar. The durbar serves as a platform for communities to discuss and implement developmental projects. The durbar was attended by chiefs, community leaders, representatives from the District Health Directorate, healthcare workers, school…

CBM Nigeria – Improving Access of Communities to Child Eye Health Services through the Intervention of PHC Workers in Nigeria.

Globally, an estimated 36 million people are blind and 217 million are visually impaired. This data includes an estimated 19 million children who are vision impaired. Of these, 12 million children have a vision impairment due to refractive error. Around 1.4 million have irreversible blindness, requiring access to vision rehabilitation services to optimize functioning and…

SiB Learning Survey Feedback

Learning between SiB implementing partners is an important component of Seeing is Believing. The SiB Newsletter & Webinar topics are selected by our SiB implementing partners, so the learning is relevant to what people want to know about. In January 2019 we sent out a SiB Learning Survey to find out from SiB partners how…

“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…