The reality of eye health provision is in most settings eye health is not perceived as integral to the health system, so it is not prioritised in budgets or service delivery. Eye health provision is frequently uncoordinated and unregulated across public sector, private sector and NGOs. This affects access timeliness, and quality, with the poorest and marginalised groups worst hit. It also affects availability of eye health information.
A key proposal of the World Report on Vision is to make integrated people-centred eye care care embedded in health systems and based on strong primary health care, the eye health model of choice and to scale it up.
Integrated people-centred eye care recognises that there needs to be far better coordination within and across these sectors and actors, and also employment and education. From governance, planning, to delivery and data collection, eye health needs to be better integrated. It recognises that there needs to be improved health literacy and targeting of marginalised groups. By taking a life-course approach it acknowledges that men, women and children of all ages must have access to the eye care that they need, and that we can all be affected throughout our lifetimes.
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