WHO launches new guidance on integrating eye care into health systems, Health News, ET HealthWorld

Geneva: The World Health Organization (WHO) launched a new eye care guide at an event – Universal Health Coverage and Eye Care: Promoting Country Action – attended by government officials, representatives WHO and eye care nongovernmental organizations.

The Eye Care in Health Systems: Guide for Action provides practical, step-by-step advice to help Member States plan and implement the recommendations of the World Vision Report with the aim of providing integrated eye care services person-centred.

This new resource leads Member States through a four-step process: situation analysis; developing an eye care strategic plan and monitoring framework; development and implementation of an operational plan; and establish and maintain ongoing review processes.

Currently, more than two billion people live with visual impairment and of these, at least one billion people live unnecessarily with poor vision due to lack of access to eye care services. This burden is not borne in the same way since 90% of visually impaired or blind people live in low- and middle-income countries. Often all that is needed is a cost-effective intervention, such as a pair of glasses or cataract surgery.

Implementing integrated, people-centred eye care has the potential to improve the lives of millions of people around the world and yield enormous benefits for the economy, gender equity, inclusion, education and the workplace.

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