Trans Nzoia County borders Uganda and is a region with very few eye care providers (one ophthalmologist) covering a population of 2.6 million people. Our first trail of the School Screening system was run here working with teachers and eye care workers to see if the system improved access to eye care services. In the trail 21,000 children were screened by 25 teachers in just 9 days. 900 children were identified with vision problems. Subsequently the trial has evolved in to a programme which will reach all school children (over 300,000) in the County.
Partners: County Ministry of Health and Education, Operation Eyesight Universal, Seeing is Believing, Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust Team leader: Dr Hillary Rono
Good Hope District in the south of Botswana has been the first district (of ten) to use Peek as part of a national programme that will include universal school screening and community screening. The programme partnership has brought together multiple partners to deliver screening to 13,000 children with over 90% of those needing further review or treatment followed up. The experiences and challenges from this programme are helping to inform the national scale up.
Partners: National Ministry of Health and Education, Botswana-UPenn Partnership, Standard Chartered Bank Botswana, Seeing is Believing, Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust, Botswana Optometry Association
Team leader: Ryan Littman-Quinn
Hyderabad is a centre for innovation and technology in India and is the first site for a Peek programme in India. A randomised control trial in which around 20,000 children will be screened, triaged, treated and followed up. This will further build our understanding of running a School Eye Health service in a very different setting to our programmes in Africa and will inform the potential for scale throughout India.
Partners: State Ministry of Health and Education [check], Seeing is Believing, Public Health Foundation of India, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, USAID. Team leader: Priya Mojaria
KCMC, a leading eye hospital in Africa, based in the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro serves a population of approximately 1.6 million people. We are evaluating the Peek Diabetic Retinopathy System throughout the region including 18 primary health care clinics who regularly see patients with diabetes, many of whom don’t normally have access to eye care services. Lessons learnt with our partners are helping us build the programme for use in other locations.
Partners: Regional Ministry of Health, Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre, Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine Team leader: Heiko Phillipin
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