Tag: SiB–Gender

When Seeing Is Believing – Building a Gender Equitable Eye Health System in Bangladesh

In January 2016, The Fred Hollows Foundation began work in Barishal Division, Bangladesh, under the Seeing Is Believing programme with the goal of building a Gender Equitable Eye Health System. Through gender sensitive programming, the Foundation aimed to increase access to sustainable, quality eye health services among marginalized and underprivileged community members. The programme’s goal…

Bridging the Gender Gap: Kenya’s Hospital Based Community Eye Health Programme Model

The use of eye care services is uneven and is influenced by interdependent factors that include availability, affordability and accessibility of services. There are various barriers to accessing services including gender. 55% of the world’s visually impaired are women. This article will highlight gender issues that affect women’s access to eye health and share Operation…

Addressing the Gender Gap in Eye Health – Experience of the Seeing is Believing project in Tanzania

  Sightsavers, in collaboration with Singida Regional Authority, implemented the Maono Project from April 2016 to March 2020. The main aim of the project was to contribute to the sustainable provision of eye care services in seven districts in the Singida region focusing on on-demand creation and improvements in current delivery mechanisms. The Rapid Assessment…

Mariam’s pink glasses: eye health and gender

  Gender has consequences for health, and eye health is no exception. A person’s gender impacts their exposure to health risks and health-seeking behaviour. It can also affect their experience in a health facility – whether they can access it, afford treatment and even the conversations they can have with a healthcare provider. While there…

Integrating gender into eye health services: Through the Lens of WHO’s 6 Pillars of Health

Integrating gender into eye health services: Through the Lens of WHO’s 6 Pillars of Health The Fred Hollows Foundations follows the World Health Organisation’s ‘6 Pillars of Health’ to achieve the Seeing is Believing project’s objective of increasing demand for services and provide services with gender equity in Barisal Division. The six pillars as mentioned…

Increased Gender & Patient Access in Pakistan

Sightsavers Pakistan Our project ‘A New Vision for Eye Health’ in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, has made significant contributions towards the provision of accessible and gender sensitive eye care services in project districts. We managed to improve primary eye care services at the primary level and strengthen referrals to the secondary level. Prior to the…

Engaging women to reach women in Pakistan

 Engaging women to reach women in Pakistan Pakistan is the country with the fifth lowest gender-related development index globally. Women are disproportionately affected by eye problems in Pakistan. According to the IAPB vision atlas, around 55% of all visually impaired people in the developing world are women or girls, and one of the main contributing…

Increasing eye care access for women in Cambodia

 SEVA Cambodia  Cambodia has a population of approximately 14.7 million with more females than males (51.5% female: 48.5% male).[1] Global statistics also indicate that more women than men are blind and face greater barriers to access care.[2] Seva’s program design in Cambodia focused on increasing eye care access for women. Seva hires field workers to…

Using Geographical Information Systems to analyse the gender ratio of uptake of services in rural India

   Sightsavers India Sunderbans Eye Health Service Strengthening Project has a unique monitoring feature, using the Geographical Information System (popularly known as GIS). GIS is an excellent tool to monitor its effectiveness and gaps in implementation. Twenty-seven maps have been prepared and updated as on September 2017 to analyse the reach of the project so…

Ensuring women access services in India

 SEVA India  This story highlights a story from LVPEI demonstrating one approach to ensure women are able to access services. It takes additional investment from hospital staff and community workers to ensure that women are able to access services. Mrs. Ramdhani is a 72-year-old woman who lives in a village called Ingurri in Kanpur, Uttar…

‘Touching the sensitive nerve’

The complexity of gender bias continues to infiltrate every level of the slum community in Kolkata and this has both a direct and an indirect impact on the eye health status of women. Women face barriers to access public services and this includes eye health services such as lack of access to disposable income, low…

“It seems that men can see very well”

“It seems that men can see very well” is an expression we have heard from a resident of Juan Guerra when we accompanied CBM’s partner IPROS to an outreach campaign carried out in San Martin Province. He was refereeing to the fact that it was mostly women who attended the campaign. The 2011 Rapid Assessment…