Tag: SiB–Integrating into Primary Health Care systems

Improving eye health care in remote rural areas: building the knowledge of rural medical practitioners

Subhas Chandra Maity plays a key role in reducing the prevalence of avoidable blindness for some of the 4.7 million people living in the small remote islands of the Sundarbans region of West Bengal, India. A shortage of health professionals in many rural areas in India creates numerous challenges and these issues become even starker…

CBM Nigeria – Improving Access of Communities to Child Eye Health Services through the Intervention of PHC Workers in Nigeria.

Globally, an estimated 36 million people are blind and 217 million are visually impaired. This data includes an estimated 19 million children who are vision impaired. Of these, 12 million children have a vision impairment due to refractive error. Around 1.4 million have irreversible blindness, requiring access to vision rehabilitation services to optimize functioning and…

Urban Comprehensive Eye Care Project

The adverse effects of impaired vision on a child’s development, including development of personality, intelligence, cognitive ability and self-reliance, are well known. Early detection of visual impairments, with provision of appropriate support, has a real impact on a child’s quality of life. Sightsavers’ Colombo Urban Comprehensive Eye Care Project (CUCEC) project has initiated training of…

Integrating into local Primary Health Care systems

To sustain the capacities and services, we are providing primary eye care training for community health workers (CHWs) and nurses supporting community and school screenings, encouraging and maintaining community referral network, as well as conducting community eye health education to local trained CHWs so that more unreached patients could be reached and the services could…

Vertical and Horizontal integration of Primary Eye Care into Primary Health Care

Like many developing countries, provision of eye health services is unfavourably skewed against rural communities. This therefore compounds the already wearisome situation of avoidable blindness. Similarly, Ghana SIB IV was faced with the challenge of local people accessing eye health services at the community level as a result of non-existence of such services at the…