Status: In progress
Sierra Leone, like many other African countries, has a high number of blind people. The eye health system in Sierra Leone is very weak and not fully integrated in general health system. Blindness remains a public health concern and a driver of poverty. There are insufficient trained staff to provide eye care to the scattered populations.
To compensate for the shortages in eye health personnel, a task shifting or sharing approach was used by the Ministry of Health and Sanitation and partners (Sightsavers) through the integration of primary eye care into primary health care where qualified community health officers (CHOs) were already practicing.
This study seeks to evaluate the impact of an 18-month training course in ophthalmology of CHOs on the improvement of eye health indicators in Sierra Leone.