News and notices. Comm Eye Health Vol. 19 No. 59 2006. September 09, 2006

New resources available

Technology Guidelines for a District Eye Care Programme

This is a new publication from the VISION 2020 Technology Working Group, aimed at all eye care personnel providing services at district level. The document gives guidance on the personnel, equipment, consumables, and supplies needed for an eye care programme serving a population of about 500,000. Estimates are given for the numbers and types of personnel required for the base hospital, the satellite units, and at primary level. Suggested ophthalmic items are drawn from the Standard List for a VISION 2020 Eye Care Service Unit, and approximate quantities given.

District programmes will be in various stages of development, so some of the more sophisticated and expensive items are marked ‘Essential’ or ‘If Funds Available’. Some cost estimates are given for budgeting purposes. A section is included on ordering and stock management, with sample forms which can be adapted to local circumstances, and a list of items for simple preventative maintenance of equipment is also included.

The Technology Guidelines for a District Eye Care Programme (plus the Standard List for a VISION 2020 Eye Care Service Unit ) can be downloaded from www.v2020.org or www.iceh.org.uk. Print copies are available, free of charge for developing countries, from: International Resource Centre, International Centre for Eye Health, LSHTM, Keppel Street, London, WC1E 7HT, UK. Fax: +44 (0)20 7958 8317. Email: sue.stevens@Lshtm.ac.uk.

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