French edition

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.

5,460 copies of the French edition are sent out to 55 countries. Ninety-five per cent (95%) of our readers reside in Francophone African countries. The journal is published once or twice a year, depending on funding.

Each issue consists of 24-pages, has a specific theme and contains the following regular features: Equipment ‘How to’ (eg.’Caring for a lensmeter’), CPD quiz, Picture quiz, and illustrated community eye health messages relevant to the issue theme.

Our most recent issue was Vol 15 No19 (2018): Everyone matters

Not everyone has benefited in the same way from progress in eye health and improved access to eye care services. This issue reflects on inequality and inequity in eye health an shows it is not enough to aim for equality in eye care provision, because some groups have a higher need for eye care than others. Underserved groups may vary in each setting, and this issue explains how to uncover and measure local inequities. It also offers suggestion to achieve equity in eye care and practical examples of measures that have improved local access to eye care for women, older people, rural communities, and children with disabilities (as well as advice on how to assess vision in those children).

The forthcoming issue is Vol 15 No20 (2018): Ocular surface disorders

This issue is devoted to ocular surface disorders. It describes the different components of the ocular surface and their role in maintaining eye health and good vision. It details the step-by-step assessment needed to accurately diagnose ocular surface disorders, given the limited range of signs and symptoms presented by patients. It also offers practical guidance on managing the most common ocular surface disorders in resource-poor settings (with an extra focus on ocular allergy, pterygium, and squamous cell carcinoma, which have not been recently covered in the journal). The issue contains a wealth of photographs as well as an illustrated poster summarising the most common ocular surface diseases.

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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.


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