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).…

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…

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.…