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.
To view the full study, please click here: Visual health screening by schoolteachers in remote communities of Peru: implementation research