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Skip to 0 minutes and 13 secondsDAKSHA PATEL: Hello and welcome to week 3. Cataract occurs across all populations. We have effective surgical treatment, and yet cataract blindness remains one of the main causes of blindness in many low to middle income countries. How can service provision increase the number of surgeries and also ensure high quality of these services? If they are going to do all of these activities, how can they make sure it is sustainable?

Skip to 0 minutes and 48 secondsIn this week, we will be hearing from experts from around the world. And from Nigeria, we will hear about the challenges that they face in the delivery of cataract services. And from the other end of the spectrum, from the Aravind Eye Health system, on high-volume, high-quality service provision.

Skip to 1 minute and 11 secondsWe will also look at the role of innovation, such as Peek mobile phone technology, and how can that be used to improve service provision at a local level.

Welcome to Week 3: cataract control strategies

We have now examined the growing burden of visual impairment and how global action can support and strengthen implementation of eye care programmes at a local level. This week will address our third course objective, to evaluate key disease public health control strategies to strengthen service provision for cataract surgery in a local setting. We will look at how to manage strategies for high volume and high quality cataract surgery in detail.

By the end of the week you should be able to:

  1. Understand the public health strategy for the prevention and control of cataract blindness
  2. Understand the concepts of cataract output (numbers of surgeries), cataract surgical rate and cataract surgical coverage
  3. Define cataract outcome (quality) and its management
  4. Relate to factors influencing cost of cataract service provision
  5. Assess the impact of consumer and provider barriers to deliver Universal Eye Health.

Live Q&A discussion

On Tuesday of next week (19th May at 11am GMT+1) we will host a live Q&A discussion around some of the key issues facing cataract services in low- and middle-income settings using a Google Hangout. Speakers will include Lead Educator and host, Dr Daksha Patel, Professor Allen Foster, Co-Director of the International Centre for Eye Health, and Dr Andrew Bastawrous, Research Fellow in International Eye Health and research lead for Peek Vision. Further information about the event can be found in step 3.11.

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Global Blindness: Planning and Managing Eye Care Services

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

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