Rehabilitation in health systems: guide for action

There is great variation across countries regarding the rehabilitation needs of the population, characteristics of the health system and the challenges that face rehabilitation. For this reason, it is important for each country to identify their own priorities and develop a rehabilitation strategic plan. To assist countries to develop a comprehensive, coherent and beneficial strategic…

Core competencies for the Eye Health Workforce in the WHO African region

WHO Afro has released the Core competencies for the Eye Health Workforce in the WHO African region. This policy document is a step towards improvement of the quality of eye health care. It describes the development of core competencies for the cadres that constitute the professional eye health team. In sub-Saharan Africa, an estimated 3.6 million…

A Global Compendium on Good Practice: Integrated care for diabetes and eye health

“Integrated care for diabetes and eye health: A global compendium of good practice” documents a series of “real world” case studies that showcase current initiatives to advance integrated care for DR across the spectrum of health promotion, prevention, early intervention and treatment in a range of different contexts and resource settings. The compendium has been designed…

WHO International Consensus Conference on Vision Rehabilitation Standards

“This document is the outcome of a consultative process to elaborate international standards on vision rehabilitation. The process, which began in 2014, culminated in the International Consensus Conference on Vision rehabilitation, Rome (Italy) 9 – 12 December 2015. It was organized by the World Health Organization and supported by the Italian National Reference Centre for Services…

Global Action Plan–Accessible format

This is the Global Action Plan document, made available as an Accessible Word document with permission from the World Health Organization. In May 2013 the Sixty-sixth World Health Assembly adopted resolution WHA66.4 entitled 'Towards universal eye health: a global action plan 2014–2019'. The resolution endorsed the draft action plan for the prevention of avoidable visual…

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…

Progress report on elimination of Trachoma, 2013

2013 progress report on the elimination of Trachoma by the WHO Alliance for the Global Elimination of Blinding Trachoma by the year 2020 (GET2020). The number of people living in trachoma-endemic districts was estimated to have reduced from 314 million in 2011 to 229 million in 2013, according to the World Health Organization. The 2014…

Global cost of correcting vision impairment from uncorrected refractive error

Objective: To estimate the global cost of establishing and operating the educational and refractive care facilities required to provide care to all individuals who currently have vision impairment resulting from uncorrected refractive error (URE). Methods: The global cost of correcting URE was estimated using data on the population, the prevalence of URE and the number…

Global magnitude of visual impairment caused by uncorrected refractive errors in 2004

Estimates of the prevalence of visual impairment caused by uncorrected refractive errors in 2004 have been determined at regional and global levels for people aged 5 years and over from recent published and unpublished surveys. The estimates were based on the prevalence of visual acuity of less than 6/18 in the better eye with the currently available…