Interventions to improve school-based eye-care services in low- and middle-income countries: a systematic review
Anthea M Burnett, Aryati Yashadhana, Ling Lee, Nina Serova, Daveena Brain & Kovin Naidoo
Sponsor/Institution: World Health Organization and the World Bank Group and Global Partnership for Education
Publication: Bulletin of the World Health Organization

Published in 2018

Key Highlights:

  • This study reviews interventions improving eye-care services for schoolchildren in low- and middle-income countries.
  • Of 24 559 publications screened, 48 articles from 13 countries met the inclusion criteria. Factors involved in the successful provision of school-based eye-care interventions included communication between health services and schools, the willingness of schools to schedule sufficient time, and the support of principals, staff and parents.
  • Several studies found that where the numbers of eye-care specialists are insufficient, training teachers in vision screening enables the provision of a good-quality and cost–effective service.
  • As well as the cost of spectacles, barriers to seeking eye-care included poor literacy, misconceptions and lack of eye health knowledge among parents.
  • The review concluded that the provision of school-based eye-care programmes has great potential to reduce ocular morbidity and developmental delays caused by childhood vision impairment and blindness. Policy-based support, while also attempting to reduce misconceptions and stigma among children and their parents, is crucial for continued access.

To download the study, click here:  Interventions to improve school-based eye-care services in low and middle income countries: a systematic review

 

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