Course 8

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Implementation of the GAP 2014-19 in the African region – the WHO planning tools

Convenor: Adam Ahmat


The “Universal eye health: a global action plan 2014–2019” aims to sustain and expand efforts by WHO Member States, the Secretariat and international partners to further improve eye health. It is intended to serve as a roadmap to consolidate joint efforts aimed at working towards universal eye health in the world.

In early 2014, the WHO Prevention of Blindness and Deafness team (PBD) developed the comprehensive Eye Care Service Assessment Tool (ECSAT) in order to support Member States in identifying gaps and needs in eye care service provision to facilitate the implementation of the Action Plan and to set national policies and plans in line with WHA66.4.

In the meanwhile, WHO has developed a tool to support Member States in planning and evaluating their workforce needs: the Workload Indicators of Staffing Need (WISN). In the African region, specific examples have been added to the WISN training in order to stimulate and facilitate the integration of the eye health workforce planning into the wider national HRH process at country level.

Both the tools can be used by the MS to evaluate gaps and needs before reviewing/developing their National Action Plans aligned with the WHA66.4 to implement the GAP 2014-19.

Mollent OkechIntroduction to the WISN tool
Michael GichangiNational Coordinator Prevention of Blindness - Kenya
Oscar DebrahNational Coordinator Prevention of Blindness - Ghana
Alice LehasaNational Coordinator Prevention of Blindness - Botswana

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