Visual health screening by schoolteachers in remote communities of Peru: implementation research
Sergio Latorre-Arteaga, Diana Gil-González, Covadonga Bascarán, Richard Hurtado Núñez, María del Carmen Peral Morales d & Guillermo Carrillo Orihuela
Publication: Bulletin of the World Health Organization

Published in 2016

  • The purpose of this study was to describe the adaptation and scaling-up of an intervention to improve the visual health of children in the Apurimac region, Peru.
  • In a pilot screening programme in 2009–2010, 26 schoolteachers were trained to detect and refer visual acuity problems in
    schoolchildren in one district in Apurimac.
  • To scale-up the intervention, lessons learnt from the pilot were used to design strategies for:
    (i) strengthening multisector partnerships; (ii) promoting the engagement and participation of teachers and (iii) increasing children’s
    attendance at referral eye clinics.
  • Training was completed by 355 teachers and directors in both provinces, belonging to 315 schools distributed in 24 districts.
  • Teachers’ appraisal of the training achieved high positive scores. Outreach eye clinics and subsidies for glasses were provided for poorer families.
  • Data from six districts showed that attendance at the eye clinic increased from 66% (45/68 children referred) in the pilot phase to 92% (237/259) in the implementation phase.

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