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A current and comprehensive national eye care strategic plan should be the aim of a policy dialogue about IPEC.
A policy dialogue usually includes structured discussions which aim to develop or implement policy change.
Policy dialogue includes series of formal events and informal consultations – any communication between people who contribute to a process leading to policy change.
National eye care strategic plans aim to identify, sequence and schedule actions for the health sector in a comprehensive way. They should include goals, objectives, actions and indicators.
Our actions should achieve our objectives, which in turn should achieve our goal. Each objective and action should include a similar level of detail.
An IPEC strategic plan should be adapted to the specific context of your country and priorities identified in the ECSAT.
What goal and objectives would be relevant in your country or region?
Setting criteria can help determine the level of priority for each action towards IPEC.
The plan should reflect priorities, but also include all major areas impacting on the development of eye health in your setting.
Which specific actions towards IPEC would you prioritise in your country or region, considering importance, feasibility and cost-effectiveness?
Would you include actions in the plan that may not realistically be achieved, as an advocacy tool?
Indicators allow us to see whether the eye health strategic plan is achieving its aims and having an impact.
This step involves estimating how much it will cost to complete the actions in the eye care strategic plan.
Consultation involves presenting the plan to stakeholders, asking for feedback and then revising the plan. This will improve the plan and create greater support for it.
Stakeholder engagement, especially from the Ministry of Health, is very important to ensure buy in and accountability.
It is important that stakeholders can express their views on the draft eye health strategic plan through consultation and feedback, including those at the sub-national level.
What should you do if progress towards endorsement of the eye care strategic plan is challenging, for example if:
Resilience, dedication, communication and collaboration are all critical in such situations.