Map relevant stakeholders and actors, including beyond eye health and health
Understand national health priorities and strategic planning processes
Initiate a national policy dialogue process with all relevant stakeholders, including the Ministry of Health and other relevant ministries, IAPB, World Health Organization, eye health NGOs, professional associations and representatives from other sectors.
Conduct a country assessment of eye care (ECSAT).
The situation will be different in every country.
Consider your setting
Who are the key stakeholders for IPEC in your country? Are there new stakeholders you could include?
Is there a national eye health committee in your country? How active is it?
Does your country have a current or past national eye care strategic plan? Was the plan successfully implemented? Who was involved in creating that plan? Are there other stakeholders or sectors that could be involved?
Has an ECSAT been completed recently?
How well known is IPEC in your country, inside and outside of the eye health sector? Is further advocacy required on IPEC to influence policy makers?
Which sectors outside of eye health are most closely aligned? Which sectors could eye health integrate with in the future?