Developing strategies that promote equity in eye health

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Developing strategies that promote equity in eye health

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Many more studies have reported the problem of inequity rather than the solutions. We are currently developing a program of work to develop and test strategies that reduce differential access to good quality eye care, thereby promoting equitable eye health.

Ongoing studies

  • Service delivery models to improve access to eye care for ethnic minorities in high-income countries: a scoping review.
    • Objective: To identify, describe and summarise interventions aimed at improving access to eye care for non-Indigenous, non-dominant ethnic groups residing in high-income countries.
    • Protocol: Hamm L, Black J, Burn H, Gray C, Harwood M, Peiris-John R, Gordon I, Burton MJ, Evans JR, Ramke J. BMJ Open 2020;10:e033775.
  • What are the most promising strategies to reduce inequity of vision loss from cataract, and which groups must we target? A global modified Delphi study.
    • Objective: To engage multiple stakeholder groups in a Delphi process to prioritise 1) interventions that reduce inequity of cataract services and 2) population groups to target with these interventions across world regions.


  • Mtuy, Tara BMepukori, JeremiahLankoi, JosephLees, Shelley; (2021) Empowering Maasai women behind the camera: Photovoice as a tool for trachoma control. Research involvement and engagement, 7 (1). 51-. ISSN 2056-7529 DOI:
  • Lisa M Hamm, Aryati Yashadhana, Helen Burn, Joanna Black, Corina Grey, Matire Harwood, Roshini Peiris-John, Matthew J Burton, Jennifer R Evans, Jacqueline Ramke. Interventions to promote access to eyecare for non-dominant ethnic groups in high-income countries: a scoping review  BMJ Global Health Sep 2021, 6 (9) e006188; DOI: 10.1136/bmjgh-2021-006188
  • Models to improve access to eye care for Indigenous people: a scoping review.
    • Objective: To identify and summarise these service delivery models to improve access to eye care for Indigenous people in high-income countries
    • Protocol: Burn H, Black J, Harwood M, Gordon I, Burnett A, Hamm L, Evans JR, Ramke J. BMJ Open 2019;9:e029214.
    • Publication: Burn, H., Hamm, L., Black, J., Burnett, A., Harwood, M., Burton, M. J., Evans, J. R., & Ramke, J. (2021). Eye care delivery models to improve access to eye care for Indigenous peoples in high-income countries: A scoping review. BMJ Global Health6(3), e004484.
  • Rono HK, Bastawrous A, Macleod D, et al. Smartphone-based screening for visual impairment in Kenyan school children: a cluster randomised controlled trial. The Lancet Global Health. 2018;6(8):e924-e932.
  • Ramke J, Petkovic J, Welch V, Blignault I, Gilbert CE, Blanchet K, Christensen R, Zwi AB, Tugwell P. Interventions to improve access to cataract surgical services and their impact on equity in low- and middle-income countries. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews.  2017, Issue 11. Art. No.: CD011307. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD011307.

Other dissemination

Blogpost: Ramke J, Foster A. How do we make sure we leave no one behind? Published 22 August 2018.