The Project is authorized by the Ministry of Health and are delivered by the Oudomxay, Louangnamth, Bokeo and Phongsaly Provincial Health Department (PHDs). FHF provide an estimate of USD 600,000 over a period of 3 years for the delivery of the Project extension (2012-2014). The overall goal of the Project is to reduce avoidable blindness in Lao PDR. The 5 core objectives below: i. Research ii. Human Resource Development iii. Infrastructure Development iv. Disease Control v. Advocacy and partnership strengthening
Project name The Sustainable Comprehensive Eye Care Project - 4 Northern Province of Lao PDR Project Duration: September 2008- August 2014 ( Phase I+ extension) Project budget : USD 1,200,000 Project sites The Project Executing Agencies have received authorisation from the Lao PDR Government to establish an office in Oudomsay Provincial Hospital for phase I and establish office in National Ophthalmology Centre for effective execution of the Project in the four northern provinces (22 districts and 98 health centers). The Project will be implemented in the four northern provinces of Oudomsay, Luang Namtha, Bokeo and Phongsaly. Partners Central-level: - Ophthalmology Center, Department of Curative and Medicine, MoH, Regional Hospital Management Division, Department of Curative and Medicine, MoH, Lao PDR. Provincial-level: - Provincial Health Departments (PHDs) of Oudomsay, Luang Namtha, Bokeo and Phongsaly 1.1. Project Goal and Purpose The Project goal is to reduce avoidable blindness in Lao PDR. 1.2. Core Project Activities The core Project activities are summarized below: 1.2.1. Research The Project will support a regional Rapid Assessment of Avoidable Blindness (RAAB) to identify the prevalence and main causes of blindness in the four northern provinces. This RAAB will provide evidence for: 1.2.2. Human Resource Development The Project will enhance the capacity of eye health personnel at all levels of the health system in the four northern provinces, including: a. Training 316 eye care personnel (provincial, district and village level) in primary eye care. b. Training 12 ophthalmic nurses in refraction. c. Support the annual Regional Eye Care Workshops with participation of all eye care personnel from the four northern provinces. d. Training two medical doctors as ophthalmologists through Ophthalmology Residency Training in out of the country. e. Sponsoring attendance of ophthalmologists from the four northern provinces at international eye health training and conferences, as appropriate. 1.2.3. Infrastructure Development The Project will develop infrastructure and provide essential ophthalmic equipment and medical supplies for the delivery of PBL services to a population of approximately 500,000 in the four northern provinces, including: a. Constructing an Eye Unit at Oudomxay Provincial Hospital. b. Providing equipment and supplies to the eye departments in the four Provincial Hospitals. 1.2.4. Disease Control The Project will improve the quality, quantity and delivery of PBL services in the four northern provinces, including: a. Establishing a refraction service and glasses dispensary at the Oudomxay Eye Unit. b. Undertaking refraction screening programs in schools and providing glasses to children with uncorrected refractive error. c. Supplying 750 spectacles to people with uncorrected refractive error. d. Improving the delivery of high quality and high volume cataract surgery by establishing a system to monitor cataract surgical outcomes. e. Providing a cataract surgery subsidy for 1,800 patients. f. Installing a Health Management Information System (HMIS) at the Oudomxay Eye Unit and provincial hospital Eye Units. 1.2.5. Advocacy and partnership strengthening The Project will raise the profile of blindness as a public health issue and build support for eye health programs in Lao PDR, including: a. Providing support for a World Sight Day activities each year, which will reflect the theme of the annual celebrations. b. Developing community education materials and radio programs to increase awareness of the main causes of blindness and of available eye care services. c. Identifying and building relationships at international, national and local levels with various eye health actors to strengthen support for PBL, to disseminate Project results to a wider audience and to identify opportunities for collaboration on specific activities.
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