Creating synergies for health systems strengthening through partnerships in Pakistan - a case study of the national eye health programme
AbstractBlindness and visual impairment are major causes of noncommunicable diseases in Pakistan. Two national population-based blindness surveys conducted in 1988 and 2002-04 demonstrated a reduction in prevalence of blindness from 1.78% to 0.9% with a significant drop in cataract blindness as a result of accelerated nationwide interventions and eye care integration in primary health care. In addition, between 2006 and 2008r 88 facilities were upgraded as a result of the national eye health programme. These measures resulted in a 279% increase in eye outpatient attendances and a 375% increase in eye surgeries performed. Investment in human resources development and policy change contributed significantly to the sustainability of the programme. Key challenges facing the programme include aligning national eye health strategies with health system strengthening informed through health systems research. This gaper attempts to document this extraordinary success
Khan, A.A., Khan, N.U., Bile, K.M. & Awan, H. (2010). Creating synergies for health systems strengthening through partnerships in Pakistan - a case study of the national eye health programme. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/118023
EMHJ - Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal, 16 (Supp.), 61-68, 2010
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