Cataract Surgery Protocol – Nepal

Cataract is a leading cause of blindness globally; in Nepal it accounts for approximately 62% of avoidable blindness. Nepal performs nearly 350,000 cataract surgeries every year. Despite the volume of cataract surgeries, the quality of outcomes – 80% of patients should have good visual outcome of 6/18 or better, according to the standard set by…

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…

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…

Eye Health System Assessment in Cambodia

Over the last decade interest has increased in understanding the relationship between the eye health system and the general health system. In Cambodia, 90.2% of all bilateral blindness is avoidable with 79.1% curable and 11.1% preventable through the provision of effective eye care services. General consensus is also emerging in the international eye care community that the effectiveness of…

Eye Health Systems Assessment (EHSA)

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

Health Systems and Eye Health

Understanding how health systems function and react can be quite complex. In order to clarify what health systems are, the present working paper describes the six main foundations of a health system: human resources, finance, health information, governance, service delivery and consumables and technology. Then through concrete examples, the authors show how general health systems…

Global Symposium on Health Systems Research

Health systems strengthening has become a new buzzword in international health. There is now considerable debate over whether “vertical” disease-specific health interventions overburden national health systems generally. And there is a general consensus that more research is needed. In this paper Dr Haroon Awan summarises the recommendations that emerged from the first Global Symposium on…