IAPB, as a membership organisation, is perfectly placed to bring together key stakeholders in eye health to determine a global strategies. Global strategic workshops provide an effective platform to leverage the expertise and knowledge among the membership and beyond to look at solutions with a global perspective for challenges of a global scale.
Training up RAAB Trainers
To support the GAP priority to collect evidence on blindness and visual impairment through surveys IAPB members identified the need to train up more RAAB master trainers to promote the capacity within each region to conduct RAAB’s – an accurate and relatively quick and inexpensive survey on eye diseases and surgical outcomes. The RAAB methodology is specifically endorsed by the WHO in the GAP.
11 people from Moldova, DRC, Ghana, South Africa, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Bhutan, Nepal, Yemen, Egypt and the U.K were trained They have now completed their theoretical training and await certification on a RAAB under supervision of a qualified RAAB accreditor. By training up more RAAB master trainers who, once accredited, will provide enough master trainers to meet the demand in most regions. This will help facilitate more RAABs and the gathering of critical data for the effective planning and management of eye care programmes.RAAB ToT, UK . By March 2014 six of these were either certified or were scheduled to be certified.
Systems Thinking for Achieving Universal Coverage in Eye Care
September 2012, Madurai, India
IAPB supported Aravind eye hospital’s ‘Systems Thinking – achieving universal coverage in eye care’ workshop which was aimed at eye health programmers, planners and policy makers from across all regions. The workshop was delivered by the LAICO team and used a health systems approach to planning the delivery of eye care programmes. The workshop built on the expertise of, and used examples from, the participants as case studies to work through using this health systems approach. One example was the draft Bangladesh national plan which was reviewed by the group and emerged stronger and more integrated as a result.
Following the workshop, Dr Dan Kiage, President of the Ophthalmology Society of East Africa (OSEA), said ,’ When I first saw health systems thinking I could not see the relevance to doctors – I saw finance, HR, Governance – and thought this is for managers. But now I see how useful these building blocks are for stimulating demand and then maintaining quality.’
During the workshop the new health systems assessment tool being piloted by ICEH was introduced and one post workshop outcome has been the establishment of a web-based health systems group to share ideas, research and to host discussions around health systems. If you are interested in finding out more on the web-based group, or joining it, please email Karl Blanchet.
Research Priorities for Global Blindness Prevention
September 2010, Madurai, India
The 2010 workshop was organised to determine global and regional research priorities. This had been a priority expressed by members who recognised that in order to be more effective with limited budgets eye health research should be better coordinated and focussed on identified priorities.
To respond to this IAPB organised a VISION 2020 workshop on research for global blindness prevention which was held in Lions Aravind Institute of Community Ophthalmology (LAICO) in Madurai India in September 2010. The meeting was sponsored by IAPB and supported by the International Council of Ophthalmology (ICO). The meeting was organised by LAICO and funded by ORBIS, CBM and Sightsavers.
The purpose of the workshop was to develop a research plan and identify priorities which will lead to improved control of avoidable visual impairment and blindness over the next ten years and towards the goals of VISION 2020: The Right to Sight.
Outcomes of the workshop included a list of the top ten global research priorities, top ten regional priorities and a plan to build research capacity. You can download the full workshop report below.