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).…

IAPB Africa Regional Advocacy Strategy 2014-2018

In Africa there are an estimated 5.9 million people who are blind and 26.3 million who are visually impaired. This is not a challenge that can be overcome by the NGO sector alone or by "business as usual‟ approaches. It requires a paradigm shift in how eye health services are planned, coordinated and resourced at all levels, ensuring integration…

How to develop a national advocacy strategy on Human Resources for Eye Health

Advocacy is a process of influencing people and institutions in order to achieve a specific outcome. An advocacy campaign is a planned project over a given period of time in order to achieve some specific advocacy goals.  This “How To” guide has been prepared to help you develop an advocacy strategy on Human Resources for…

Situational analysis of eye health care in Zambia

As in almost all African countries, access to eye health care services for 13 million Zambians is inadequate. The VISION 2020 strategy set up a number of objectives that countries should achieve in order to improve access and increase quality of eye care services. These include specific targets for trained personnel, capacities of eye care facilities, cataract surgery…

Eye Health System Assessment in Ghana

Over the last few years, increasing efforts have been invested in exploring the relationship between the eye health system and the general health system. General consensus is emerging in the international eye care community that the effectiveness of eye care interventions can only be improved through a better understanding of how health systems function. A consortium of eye care…

Eye Health System Assessment in Sierra Leone

Over the last few years, increasing efforts have been invested in exploring the relationship between the eye health system and the general health system. General consensus is emerging in the international eye care community that the effectiveness of eye care interventions can only be improved through better understanding how health systems function. A consortium of eye care experts and…

IAPB Africa Human Resources for Eye Health Strategic Plan 2014-2023

IAPB Africa comprises over 30 member agencies working in almost every country in South-Saharan Africa (SSA). Our ambition is to influence change in eye health work force planning in SSA by aligning our efforts with health system strengthening and advocating for the full implementation of the 2014-2019 WHO Action Plan for the Prevention of Avoidable Blindness to achieve Universal Coverage. To achieve…

Mapping Human Resources for Eye Health in Sub-Saharan Africa: Progress towards VISION 2020

Development of human resources for eye health (HReH) is a major focus of the global VISION 2020 strategy to reduce the prevalence of avoidable visual impairment by 25% by the year 2020. The eye health workforce is thought to be much smaller in sub-Saharan Africa than other regions of the world but information on it…

Addressing the Eye Health Work Force Crisis in Sub-Saharan Africa

With some country exceptions, Sub-Saharan Africa is characterised by a lack of eye health and vision personnel and this is a significant contributing factor to the high prevalence of avoidable vision impairment and blindness. With ageing populations more disposed to sight loss and with risks such as diabetes increasing, levels of avoidable blindness in the…