Status: In progress
The coordinated approach to community health (CATCH) programme is a Sightsavers-implemented, community-based project designed to improve access to eye health services and reduce avoidable blindness for persons in trachoma endemic areas. CATCH works alongside the Trachoma Elimination Programme.
The CATCH programme brings eye health services closer to the community and eliminates surgery costs and transportation costs, both known barriers of cataract surgery uptake. The programme has also invested in quality service provision, equipment and consumables all of which promote surgery uptake. Routine programmatic data estimates that uptake in the programme is 85 per cent.
This study seeks to understand the factors that influence cataract surgery uptake, including the decision-making pathways.