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Faal H - Community Eye Health (2013)

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Affiliation: Chairperson: Africa Vision Research Institute, Durban, South Africa.

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Tunku turned out to be a cluster of five mud huts perched on a hill on the bank of the River Gambia... The team found two families and one blind old woman there... Their purpose? A paediatric posting, but the challenges they found in these urban slums demanded a public health approach... Someone came in to drop her daily meal and rushed out because of the strong smell of decay and the madness of the old woman... When she was found unable to walk because of a fall in her kitchen and forced to go to the clinic, it was discovered that she had blinding cataracts; her poor vision at least one of the causes of her apparent self-neglect... Like the people in Tunku and in the slums around Ibadan, poor and/or remote communities around the world – whether rural or urban-are often neglected, whether in Africa, the Amazon, Australia or the Indian sub-continent... However, neglected people can even be found in affluent communities... How can eye care programmes respond to the challenge of reaching these neglected people? In rural Sri Lanka, it was noted at a Sightsavers review of primary eye care in 2010, that the midwives are welcomed into people's homes and know every household and family member intimately: the child whose Road to Health chart is kept by his literate mother (Sri Lanka has a 98% literacy rate), the grandfather with hypertension, and the grandmother reluctant to wear her glasses... This fly is the ‘vector’ for transmission of onchocerciasis: the pathogen which causes the disease enters the bloodstream of people when they are bitten by the black fly... Despite a major, decades-long programme of aerial spraying of the breeding sites, supplemented by treatment with the drug ivermectin, prevalence was still found to be high in some remote communities such as those in the highlands of Togo... Since its launch in 1995, the African Programme for Onchocerciasis Control (APOC) has developed community-directed strategies designed to ensure that even the most neglected communities could be reached... The first step towards bringing better health and eye health to neglected communities, is for eye care workers to familiarise themselves with national strategies for reaching neglected communities.

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Neglected communities.

Faal H - Community Eye Health (2013)

Genemo Abdela, health professional, is one of a team surveying almost 600,000 people in Ethiopia for the neglected tropical disease trachoma. ETHIOPIA
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Figure 2: Genemo Abdela, health professional, is one of a team surveying almost 600,000 people in Ethiopia for the neglected tropical disease trachoma. ETHIOPIA

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Affiliation: Chairperson: Africa Vision Research Institute, Durban, South Africa.

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Tunku turned out to be a cluster of five mud huts perched on a hill on the bank of the River Gambia... The team found two families and one blind old woman there... Their purpose? A paediatric posting, but the challenges they found in these urban slums demanded a public health approach... Someone came in to drop her daily meal and rushed out because of the strong smell of decay and the madness of the old woman... When she was found unable to walk because of a fall in her kitchen and forced to go to the clinic, it was discovered that she had blinding cataracts; her poor vision at least one of the causes of her apparent self-neglect... Like the people in Tunku and in the slums around Ibadan, poor and/or remote communities around the world – whether rural or urban-are often neglected, whether in Africa, the Amazon, Australia or the Indian sub-continent... However, neglected people can even be found in affluent communities... How can eye care programmes respond to the challenge of reaching these neglected people? In rural Sri Lanka, it was noted at a Sightsavers review of primary eye care in 2010, that the midwives are welcomed into people's homes and know every household and family member intimately: the child whose Road to Health chart is kept by his literate mother (Sri Lanka has a 98% literacy rate), the grandfather with hypertension, and the grandmother reluctant to wear her glasses... This fly is the ‘vector’ for transmission of onchocerciasis: the pathogen which causes the disease enters the bloodstream of people when they are bitten by the black fly... Despite a major, decades-long programme of aerial spraying of the breeding sites, supplemented by treatment with the drug ivermectin, prevalence was still found to be high in some remote communities such as those in the highlands of Togo... Since its launch in 1995, the African Programme for Onchocerciasis Control (APOC) has developed community-directed strategies designed to ensure that even the most neglected communities could be reached... The first step towards bringing better health and eye health to neglected communities, is for eye care workers to familiarise themselves with national strategies for reaching neglected communities.

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