Eye health cannot be improved at a large scale unless the needs of entire communities, counties or populations can be reliably monitored and understood.
Obtaining reliable population-level eye health data requires a robust sampling strategy. Peek uses the tried and tested Rapid Assessment of Avoidable Blindness (RAAB) methodology. We are upgrading RAAB to be fully digital. We are also incorporating service assessments that enable effective planning of services for a population.
This will allow smartphone data entry with in-built validation checks, incorporation of Peek vision tests, cloud-based automated real-time data analysis, and reporting with new visualisation to inform better health service planning.
The first phase of this work is complete and data entry is now available direct to a smartphone or tablet via our mRAAB app (Beta), which has been used successfully in six countries so far. We are working multiple partners to help further understand how to use RAAB to ensure it supports eye care planning and delivery.
36 million people worldwide are blind. Four in five of them could keep their sight with simple surgery or treatment. Millions more can't see clearly, yet need no more than a simple pair of glasses. We won't stop until everyone has been linked to the treatment and services they need.