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A group of IAPB members is working to collect case studies of work to achieve gender equality, promote inclusion or increase access to eye health services for women and girls. They already have a good collection, but are keen to find more examples from different contexts – particularly case studies that demonstrate progress in areas of health financing and governance. The case studies will be combined into a guide to help improve programme design.
As we aim for Universal Eye Health, equitable programmes and solutions that tackle gender barriers are increasingly important.
“Universal access and equity” is the first principle and approach identified in Universal Eye Health: A Global Action Plan 2014-19 (the GAP). The GAP asserts that all people should have equitable access to health care and opportunities to achieve or recover the highest attainable standard regardless of age, gender or social position.
For more information about this process, or to join the email-based group for gender and eye health, please contact Camille Neyhouser at the Fred Hollows Foundation.
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