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IAPB Africa Knowledge: reviews and publications

Published: 14.12.2018

IAPB Africa Knowledge: reviews and publications; Activist Christophe Oulé

Activist Christophe Oulé had a glittering career in engineering in Burkina Faso when he lost his sight. Now he campaigns tirelessly to improve the lives of other blind people. Presented by Lucy Lambleand produced by Danielle Stephens.Christophe Ouléhad it all: a lovely family and a good education. Oulé was an engineer, and after years of working for other people, he was in the midst of fulfilling his lifelong dream of setting up his own company when disaster struck. He lost his sight. At the peak of his career everything he had built came tumbling down. He became depressed and wondered what use he could be. But Oulé didn’t stay down. Over time, with support from his family and his doctor, he reinvented himself – and life took an unexpected turn.  Access the podcast here:

Thank you to Axel Kacoutié for voicing the English version of this interview. Thanks too to Philippe Compaoré, from Light for the World, Hamadou Sanggo and Diane Somé for translation support.

Eye Health

Zhao, Ramathullah et. al. A Worldwide Price Comparison of Glaucoma Medications, Laser Trabeculopasty and Trabeculotomy Surgery, JAMA Ophthalmol., August 2018

Glick, Luoto, et al., The Individual and Household Impacts of Cataract Surgery on Older Blind Adults in Ethiopia, Ophthalmic Epidemiology, 2018

Alain Labrique, Lavanya Vasudevan, William Weiss and Kate Wilson, Establishing Standards to Evaluate the Impact of Integrating Digital Health into Health Systems, Global Health: Science and Practice October 2018, 6 (Supplement 1)

Ivo Kocur,a Etienne Krug,a Silvio P Mariottia & Megan McCoy, Benefits of Integrating Eye Care into Health Systems, Bulletin of the WHO, Available at:

Burnett, A. M., Yashadhana A., et al:  Interventions to Improve School-based Eye-care Services in Low- and Middle-income countries: A Systematic Review. Bulletin of the World Health Organization2018;96:682-694D.

Ramke J., Zwi A.B., et al:  Evidence for National Universal Eye Health Plans, Bulletin of the World Health Organization2018;96:682-694D. (Incudes a useful case study from Kenya).

Dodson S., Heggen A., et al:  Behavioural Change Interventions for Sustained Trachoma Elimination

Mactaggart, I., Wallace, S., et al: Rapid Assessment of Avoidable Blindness for Health Service Planning

Fontane, M., Resnikoff, S., et al, Outcomes of Cataract Surgery Performed by Non-physician Cataract Surgeons in Remote North Cameroon, BJO 2018;0:1–6.

Ian McCormick, Priya Morjaria, Islay Mactaggart, Catey Bunce, Covadonga Bascaran, Maipelo Jeremiah & Allen Foster (2018): Spectacle Compliance and Its Determinants in a School Vision Screening Pilot in Botswana,Ophthalmic Epidemiology, DOI: 10.1080/09286586.2018

Davis S., “Near vision correction and work productivity among textile workers”African Vision and Eye Health:

Davis, S., “Near vision correction and quality of life among textile factory workers in Durban”,  African Vision and Eye Health:

Health Workforce

McGrail, M.R., O’Sullivan B. G., & Russell D. J., Rural Training Pathways: The Return Rate of Doctors to Work in the Same Region as their Basic Medical Training,Human Resources for Health, 2018, 16:56

Gergen, J., Rajkota, Y., Lohmann, J., & Ravishankar, N., Performance-based Financing Kick-starts Motivational “Feedback Loop”: Findings from a Process Evaluation in Mozambique,Human Resources for Health, 2018,16:55

Aseyo, R.E., Mumma, J., et al: Realities and Experiences of Community Health Volunteers as Agents for Behaviour Change: Evidence from an Informal Urban Settlement in Kisumu, Kenya, Human Resources for Health, 2018,16:53

Winters N, Langer L, Geniets A. Scoping Review Assessing the Evidence used to Support the Adoption of Mobile Health (mHealth) Technologies for the Education and Training of Community Health Workers (CHWs) in Low-income and Middle-income Countries. BMJ Open. 2018;8(7).

Giorgio Cometto et al. Health Policy and System Support to Optimise Community Health Worker Programmes: An Abridged WHO Guideline, The Lancet Global Health 2018, Published: October 26, 2018

A.S. George,J. Campbelland A. Ghaffar(HPSR HRH Reader Collaborators) Advancing the Science Behind Human Resources for Health: Highlights from the Health Policy and Systems Research Reader on Human Resources for Health, Human Resources for Health, 2018, 16:35