Rehabilitation in health systems: guide for action

There is great variation across countries regarding the rehabilitation needs of the population, characteristics of the health system and the challenges that face rehabilitation. For this reason, it is important for each country to identify their own priorities and develop a rehabilitation strategic plan. To assist countries to develop a comprehensive, coherent and beneficial strategic…

School Eye Health Guidelines

The IAPB School Eye Health Workgroup has released the “Standard Guidelines for Comprehensive School Eye Health programmes”. The document should help deliver standardised comprehensive eye health services to more than 700 million children attending schools around the world. (Need help to promote the guidelines? Download this presentation–in multiple languages).

Low Vision Manual – KCCO Translated [Spanish] [Portuguese]

[Español] La ceguera infantil está incluida como uno de los principales programas de atención a enfermedades dentro de la iniciativa del derecho a la visión de VISION 2020. La baja visión, ya sea en niños o adultos, ha recibido mucha menos atención, sin embargo, hay un  Españolreciente interés en el tratamiento de este difícil y…

The Indicators Framework in support of SDGs and eye health

This paper provides analysis of important indicators and indicator processes of relevance to eye health, identifying challenges and opportunities and how we can leverage these for the benefit of people who are at risk of sight loss or persons with visual impairment. These include: The SDGs, the 100 Core Health Indicators and indicators for measurement of universal health coverage.

Does Cataract Surgery Alleviate Poverty? Evidence from a Multi-Centre Intervention Study Conducted in Kenya, the Philippines and Bangladesh

Background Poverty and blindness are believed to be intimately linked, but empirical data supporting this purported relationship are sparse. The objective of this study is to assess whether there is a reduction in poverty after cataract surgery among visually impaired cases. Methodology/Principal Findings A multi-centre intervention study was conducted in three countries (Kenya, Philippines, Bangladesh).…

Tracking universal health coverage: First global monitoring report

Joint WHO/World Bank Group report, June 2015   This report is the first of its kind to measure health service coverage and financial protection to assess countries’ progress towards universal health coverage.   It shows that at least 400 million people do not have access to one or more essential health services and 6% of…

The Economic Burden of Vision Loss and Eye Disorders in the United States

Overview The impact of chronic health problems is hard to put into words, so Prevent Blindness America put it into numbers by measuring the economic burden of vision loss and eye disorders. At a cost of $139 billion in 2013, eye disorders and vision loss are among the costliest health conditions currently facing the United…

Guidelines for School Eye Health in the Eastern Mediterranean Region

Health, including visual health is inextricably linked to school achievement, quality of life, and economic productivity. Health education in the school setting is of fundamental importance as in acquiring and building knowledge of child and adolescent health, the values, abilities, skills and practices necessary for a healthy life are acquired. These best practice guidelines were developed by IMPACT-EMR, EMR-IAPB, Prevention…

Inclusion made easy in eye health programs

People with disabilities constitute the world’s largest minority group. As such, this ‘guide’ is a very important resource for all people working in eye health. It addresses the specific steps needed to ensure people with disabilities have equal access to eye health programs, and also the need to ensure that those with permanent vision loss access wider opportunities. This…

How Effective is Low Vision Service Provision? A Systematic Review

Abstract: Visual impairment is a large and growing socioeconomic problem. Good evidence on rehabilitation outcomes is required to guide service development and improve the lives of people with sight loss. Of the 478 potentially relevant articles identified, only 58 studies met our liberal inclusion criteria, and of these only 7 were randomized controlled trials. Although…