Sightsavers Reports

Cataract Surgery Uptake in Zambia

Status: Recently completed

Main Objectives

The aim of this study was to understand cataract surgery uptake in the context of a community-based eye care intervention that eliminated some of the known barriers to cataract surgery uptake, i.e. user fees and transport.

The specific objectives of the study were as follows:

  1. To characterise the level of cataract surgery uptake in selected districts covered by the CATCH project.
  2. To explore individual, community and programme level factors that influenced the uptake of cataract surgery in these settings.

To evaluate the decision-making processes among individuals referred for cataract surgery including the role of gender and disability.

Summary

Cataract remains the leading cause of blindness in middle- and low-income countries and in Africa, cataract contributes to approximately half of all causes of blindness. Eye conditions in Zambia are ranked seventh among the main causes of hospital admissions and account for 31% of all out-patient visits at public facilities. The prevalence of blindness in Zambia is estimated at 1.1% in the general population and 2.8% in people aged 50 years and above with cataract being the leading cause. This study sought to understand demand for cataract surgery and investigate the programme/health system, community and individual factors that influence cataract surgery uptake in the context of a programme that eliminated some of the known barriers to cataract surgery.

Main Contact

Elena Schmidt
Director of SPIDER, policy and programme strategy
Sightsavers
[email protected]

Funder

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Duration

June 2016 - June 2017

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