Guidelines for Eye Health Committees

The success of VISION 2020: The Right to Sight rests on coordinated action by different sections of government, civil society, international partners, donors and the private sector. Countries are advised to set-up a national coordinating mechanism, or a Committee, to develop a national plan and oversee activities for blindness prevention. Specifically, ‘Towards Universal Eye Health: a Global Action Plan 2014-2019’ (adopted…

Global Human Resource Development Assessment for Comprehensive Eye Care

Human resources are the most important asset of any health system and their availability and quality are key determinants of efficiency and quality of health services provided. They are crucial to the success and sustainability of all health care provision interventions. Despite worldwide recognition of its importance, there is lack of data on the global…

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…

Workshop Report: A VISION 2020 Workshop on Research for Global Blindness Prevention

On 27–29 September 2010 a VISION 2020 workshop on research for global blindness prevention was held at Lions Aravind Institute of Community Ophthalmology (LAICO) in Madurai India. The meeting was sponsored by IAPB and supported by the International Council of Ophthalmology (ICO). The meeting was organised by LAICO and funded by ORBIS, CBM and Sightsavers.…

National Eye Health Coordinator Manual

This manual is intended to help National Eye Health Coordinators (NECs) in developing countries to understand and fulfill their roles. While it is impossible to produce one set of guidelines and suggestions that will be ideal for every country, there are enough similarities in the problems faced that some generalisations are appropriate and useful. It will be up to the individual NECs…

Blindness and Non Communicable Diseases

The global emergence of non communicable diseases (NCDs) represents an opportunity for blindness prevention efforts. Some of the most serious blinding conditions fall within the scope of NCDs, and have a similar or greater impact than conditions which have so far achieved greater prominence in discussions around NCDs. The impact of blinding NCDs should be highlighted in discussions with…

Integrating Eye Health into School Health Programmes

Initiatives to improve the health of school children are expanding in coverage and scope, and it is important to integrate eye health into these initiatives. This IAPB briefing paper outlines information about common eye conditions which can affect primary school children and their younger siblings at home, together with ideas of how schools programmes can address them.