Connecting eye care with general health systems
Following the success of the Health Systems Assessment (HSA) approach, a consortium of eye care and health experts, coordinated by ICEH, has developed the Eye Health Systems Assessment (EHSA) approach. It works as a complement to the HSA.
Improving eye care interventions
Increasing effort has been invested in exploring the relationship between the eye health system and the general health system.
A consensus is emerging in the international eye care community that the effectiveness of eye care interventions can only be improved through better understanding of how health systems function.
The aim of the EHSA approach
In parallel with the HSA approach, the EHSA approach is designed to provide a rapid but comprehensive assessment of key health systems functions and how they interact with the eye care system. This includes:
- Service delivery
- Human resources
- Medical products
- Vaccines and technologies
- Information systems
The EHSA How-To Manual
This focuses on a list of indicators or questions used to measure the performance of the eye health system. It also includes sources of relevant information.
Read or download the EHSA How-To Manual:
- Eye Health Systems Assessment (EHSA): How to Connect Eye Care with the General health system (PDF 380Kb)
- Eye Health System Assessment Cambodia (PDF 3.7Mb)
- Eye Health System Assessment Lao PDR (PDF 1.5Mb)
- Eye Health System Assessment Sierra Leone (PDF 3.8Mb)
- Situation analysis of eye health care in Zambia (PDF 1.9Mb)
- Palmer JJ, Chinanayi F, Gilbert A, Pillay D, Fox S, Jaggernath J, Naidoo K, Graham R, Patel D, Blanchet K.Trends and implications for achieving VISION 2020 human resources for eye health targets in 16 countries of sub-Saharan Africa by the year 2020. Hum Resour Health. 2014 Aug 15;12:45. doi: 10.1186/1478-4491-12-45. Abstract.
- Palmer JJ, Chinanayi F, Gilbert A, Pillay D, Fox S, Jaggernath J, Naidoo K, Graham R, Patel D, Blanchet K.Mapping human resources for eye health in 21 countries of sub-Saharan Africa: current progress towards VISION 2020. Hum Resour Health. 2014 Aug 15;12:44. doi: 10.1186/1478-4491-12-44. Abstract.
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