Many countries in the SEA Region do not have diabetic retinopathy treatment and operation guidelines, despite being home to the largest population with diabetes. The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) formed a South-East Asia Diabetic Retinopathy Expert Group and sought help from the WHO SEA Regional Office in New Delhi to convene a three-day meeting in December 2019, to analyse the existing diabetic retinopathy guidelines, and formulate a guideline more specific to the Region.
This document reflects a successful collaboration between IAPB and WHO SEAR and the contribution of the South East Asia Eye Health Expert Group representing all 10 countries of the region. It is expected that these guidelines will be helpful to all programme and practitioners involve in prevention of blindness due to diabetic retinopathy in the region.
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).