Cataract surgery is among the most cost-effective of health interventions. The Cataract Impact Study was undertaken in Kenya, Bangladesh, and the Philippines to assess the impact of cataract surgery on poverty, quality of life and everyday activities.
The presumed causal association between good health and productive work is a cornerstone of global health policy, but until recently only a handful of randomised trials had examined the question of whether health interventions could improve workplace productivity
To raise enrolment, academic performance and prevent students’ withdrawals from public schools, the government of Chile delegated the Ministry of Education (MoE) to implement the national school health programme that includes nutrition, vision, hearing, oral and mental health.
The Chinese government has recognized that the high prevalence of childhood myopia constitutes a major public health problem of broad concern. A recent joint national study of more than a million children by the National Health Commission and Ministry of Education has shown that over half of Chinese children were myopic in 2018, reaching 80% by senior high school.
The Lady Health Workers (LHW) Programme was established in Pakistan in 1994 to ensure the provision of primary, preventative, promotive, and curative care services and support health system at the household and community levels. LHWs are now fully recognised members of the public sector health workforce and deployed throughout all five provinces.
A study from Uganda documented the routes and times taken by a cohort of people who developed severe, painful, sight-threatening microbial keratitis (corneal infection) to navigate through the health system and access appropriate assessment and treatment.