French edition

A community eye health worker answering questions from elderly patients about cataract surgery. MADAGASCAR. © Henry Nkumbe
A community eye health worker answering questions from elderly patients about cataract surgery. MADAGASCAR. © Henry Nkumbe

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The French edition of the Community Eye Health Journal, the Revue de Santé Oculaire Communautaire, provides up-to-date and relevant eye care information to eye care staff working in often difficult and isolated conditions in Francophone Africa.

Relevant articles and themes are selected from the Community Eye Health Journal in consultation with Francophone advisors. New articles are also commissioned to ensure the journal is relevant to the Francophone region. Circulation is currently 4,306.

French edition: Recent distribution figures

Issue Distribution
Prise en charge de la basse vision
Revue SOC Vol. 10 No. 12 2013
L’importance de recueillir des données
Revue SOC Vol. 9 No. 11 2012
Santé oculaire du jeune enfant
Revue SOC Vol. 8 No. 10 2011

Paper copies of the Revue are sent free to eye care workers in low income Francophone countries. To subscribe please send your name, job title and postal address to Anita Shah, Editorial Assistant

Back issues of the Revue are also included on the annual Community Eye Health Update CD.

Impact of the French edition

The World Health Organisation estimates that there are more than 2 million blind and 6 million visually impaired people living in Francophone countries in Sub Saharan Africa. 1

Francophone Africa also suffers an acute shortages of trained health personnel with less than 1 eye doctor per million population, in France there are 111 per million population.2 Much of the eye care work is provided by nurses and primary eye care workers. There is also a lack of relevant training materials for personnel working in these resource-poor contexts.

A survey of the Revue’s readership in 2011 found that:

  • 99% of respondents found the Revue very useful (71%) or useful (28%)
  • 88% found that the Revue had improved and/or supported their work
  • 85% said that something they read in the Revue had led them to change their clinical practice or management of patients
  • 66% stated that the Revue had changed the way they conducted health education


The Revue gratefully acknowledges its core supporters:

Our publisher, the International Centre of Eye Health, is actively seeking funding to continue and develop the Revue. If your organisation is interested in finding out more about becoming a core supporter of the Revue, please see our core supporters page. We are also very grateful to receive donations towards the work of the Revue from individuals.


1. Press Release WHO/9 25 February 2000

2. Data from International Council of Ophthalmology website, 10th April 2012