This manual is intended to help National Eye Health Coordinators (NECs) in developing countries to understand and fulfill their roles.
While it is impossible to produce one set of guidelines and suggestions that will be ideal for every country, there are enough similarities in the problems faced that some generalisations are appropriate and useful. It will be up to the individual NECs who use this manual to consider each issue and decide what is relevant in his/her country.
Although the text is directed at NECs, much material in the manual will be useful to other members of National Prevention of Blindness Committees (NPBC) and members of NGO/IAPB eye care forums as well.
The Guide outlines strategies and approaches proposed by WHO that provide practical, step-by-step support to Member States in the planning and implementation of integrated people-centred eye care (IPEC).