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…

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…

Regional Action Plan for Universal Eye Health: Americas

According to World Health Organization (WHO) calculations, in 2010 more than 26 million people in the Region of the Americas suffered from a visual impairment. More than 3 million of them were blind and most were over the age of 50. However, nearly 80% of these cases could have been avoided.  In response to these problems, in 2013…

Regional Action Plan for Universal Eye Health: Western Pacific

Towards Universal Eye Health: A Regional Action Plan for the Western Pacific (2014–2019) presents the first such plan for the Region. While its main objectives are aligned with the global action plan for the prevention of avoidable visual impairment, the plan provides a regional context for WHO support to help address specific needs in Asia and the Pacific.…

Regional Action Plan for Universal Eye Health: Eastern Mediterranean

The WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean, in collaboration with the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness – Eastern Mediterranean Region (IAPB-EMR), IMPACT EMR and Prevention of Blindness Union (PBU) organized a regional workshop on WHO Global Action Plan 2014-2019 ‘Towards Universal Eye Health’ and Child Eye Health, from 18 to 20 March 2014 in Cairo, Egypt. …

RAAB + DR Survey Report – Moldova 2012

This is the report of the Rapid Assessment of Avoidable Blindness and Diabetic Retinopathy (RAAB+DR) survey conducted in Moldova from May-July 2012. Standard RAAB plus DR survey methodology was used to select and examine a total of 3885 persons 50 years and older across the whole country. The prevalence of blindness is 1.6%, with cataract,…

Eye Health Care in Central and South Eastern Europe in 2009

Report of an investigation into the eye health situation and services in eight countries in Central and South Eastern Europe in 2009 carried out by the Lions International Educational Centre of Ophthalmology, Prague, Czech Republic.  The eight principal countries investigated were: Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania and Serbia. Additional information was obtained from…