Author: Susan Evans

Susan Evans

Project Officer, Seeing is Believing
Organisation: IAPB

County hospitals in China maintain the sustainability of services after training

”A National Pilot Program of Comprehensive Training for Eyecare Teams at China’s County Hospitals”, one of Seeing is Believing projects in China started from 2016. Over 50 county hospitals joined the training project, total 127 eye doctors, 75 nurses, and 47 refractionists from county hospitals in Shandong, Sichuan, Shandong and Hebei provinces were trained so…

EFFECTIVE SCHOOL EYE HEALTH STRATEGY IN NIGERIA

Background There is substantial evidence that refractive error remains the most common cause of visual impairment among school –going children[1][2][3][4]. The prevalence of visual impairment caused by refractive error in school going children in Nigeria is estimated to be  5 – 8%[5][6] and even higher in older children, 10 to 11 years and above[7][8][9]. For…

Investing in local eye care personnel to ensure sustainability

Seva Foundation (“Seva”) works with program partners around the world to ensure that their institutions have a sustainable human resource pipeline that prioritizes local skilled workers and ongoing training. In Cambodia, where 38 ophthalmologists are serving the country’s population of 15 million, there is an overwhelming need for well-trained ophthalmologists – as well as other…

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 care into Zambia’s primary health care system

Previously in Zambia, eye health programmes and general health programmes ran parallel to one another. Eye health was considered predominantly a donor-funded programme that did not rely on funding from the country’s central financial basket. Because of this parallel structure, most eye care programmes had to end once donor funding ended, and the burden of…

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…

Challenges of integrating eye health into the health system. And how to overcome them.

Seeing is Believing [SiB] project started in Kyela District Council from November 2013 and phased out in December 2016, the duration of 3 years. They targeted to screen and treat children under 15 years. Kyela District Council integrated Eye health into the health system on the aspect of service delivery by training health workers from…

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