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Scale-up of Diabetic Retinopathy screening and treatment services programme across Zambia
Hospital, University: University Teaching Hospital,
Professional association: Ministry of Health,
Hospital: Kitwe Central Hospital
Hospital: Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust
Policy development, Service delivery, Institutional strengthening
November / 2017 - November / 2018
Beatrice Waddingham (HPS@thet.org)
Training eye health personnel – the future workforce – is a huge need in Zambia. Some ophthalmologists are now in training, but even with these the number of ophthalmologists in the country (18 in 2014) is way below the minimum of 4 per million population recommended by the WHO and International Agency for Prevention of Blindness. The few ophthalmologists that there are need to be working optimally and for that they need specialist training (eg in laser treatment for DR). The other cadres in the eye departments need to be trained to provide effective support. Training non-clinicians to take fundus photographs to screen and grade patients helps make more effective use of scarce medical personnel. This forms part of the National Eye Health Strategic Plan 2017-2021. The aim of this project is to scale up diabetic retinopathy services in order that they are established and functioning in all ten provinces of Zambia. This will be achieved through enabling training in retinopathy screening, training ophthalmologists in laser surgery and establishing a National Diabetic Retinopathy Steering Group in Zambia to oversee services nationally and training in medical leadership.
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