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Br J Ophthalmol. 2014 Oct;98(10):1325-8. doi: 10.1136/bjophthalmol-2013-303905. Epub 2014 Jul 2.

Rethinking eye health systems to achieve universal coverage: the role of research.

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1
Department of Clinical Research, International Centre for Eye Health, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, UK.
2
Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, London, UK University of Basel, Basel, Switzerland.

Abstract

Achieving universal coverage in eye care remains a tremendous challenge as 226 million people in the world remain visually impaired, the majority from avoidable causes. The impact of eye care interventions has been constrained by the limited capacities of health systems in low-income and middle-income countries to deliver effective eye care services. Services for eye health are still not adequately integrated into the health systems of low-income and middle-income countries. We contend that radical rethinking and deeper development of eye health systems are necessary to achieve VISION 2020 goals. Responding to the challenges of chronic eye diseases will require systems thinking, analysis and action, based on evidence from health systems research.

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Public health

PMID:
24990874
PMCID:
PMC4174128
DOI:
10.1136/bjophthalmol-2013-303905
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