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Ophthalmic clinical officers: developments in Uganda.

Kaggwa G - Community Eye Health (2014)

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Affiliation: Senior Ophthalmic Clinical Officer and outgoing President of the National Association of Ophthalmic Clinical Officers and Cataract Surgeons, Kampala City, Uganda. kaggwagodfrey@yahoo.com.

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The population of Uganda is estimated to be over 33 million, with a prevalence of blindness of about 1%... The following eye team members deliver eye care services at different levels. ophthalmologists (there are about 40 in the country) and ophthalmic nurses (there are two), working at national and regional referral hospitals. ophthalmic clinical officers (OCOs)... At district level, OCOs coordinate eye care services (including planning and budgeting) and also train and supervise other eye care personnel... OCOs working at district level can be promoted within general medicine; however, they can then be sent to any health facility (sometimes to lead such a facility), where they will have very little time to practice ophthalmology... OCOs can specialise as cataract surgeons, refractionists or low vision workers; however, these skills are not formally recognised within the existing government public service structure... Specialist OCOs therefore miss out on promotion and any accompanying salary increments... Other challenges include: lack of funding for outreach activities and supervision (particularly for OCOs working in remote areas) ageing equipment lack of funding and opportunities for continued professional development... OCOs in Uganda are organised in a registered association called the National Association of Ophthalmic Clinical Officer and Cataract Surgeons (NAOCOCS)... The association addresses coordination, governance and the social concerns of OCOs... NAOCOCS has identified the following priorities for action: creation and establishment of posts for senior and principal OCOs at district level promotion or better remuneration for OCOs who have qualified as cataract surgeons, refractionists or low vision therapists a review of the OCO training curriculum to ensure it meets international and regional standards and is relevant to each country's current eye care needs improving community involvement in eye care services improving eye care data collection, reporting, analysis and utilisation at all levels.

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Ophthalmic clinical officers: developments in Uganda.

Kaggwa G - Community Eye Health (2014)

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Affiliation: Senior Ophthalmic Clinical Officer and outgoing President of the National Association of Ophthalmic Clinical Officers and Cataract Surgeons, Kampala City, Uganda. kaggwagodfrey@yahoo.com.

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The population of Uganda is estimated to be over 33 million, with a prevalence of blindness of about 1%... The following eye team members deliver eye care services at different levels. ophthalmologists (there are about 40 in the country) and ophthalmic nurses (there are two), working at national and regional referral hospitals. ophthalmic clinical officers (OCOs)... At district level, OCOs coordinate eye care services (including planning and budgeting) and also train and supervise other eye care personnel... OCOs working at district level can be promoted within general medicine; however, they can then be sent to any health facility (sometimes to lead such a facility), where they will have very little time to practice ophthalmology... OCOs can specialise as cataract surgeons, refractionists or low vision workers; however, these skills are not formally recognised within the existing government public service structure... Specialist OCOs therefore miss out on promotion and any accompanying salary increments... Other challenges include: lack of funding for outreach activities and supervision (particularly for OCOs working in remote areas) ageing equipment lack of funding and opportunities for continued professional development... OCOs in Uganda are organised in a registered association called the National Association of Ophthalmic Clinical Officer and Cataract Surgeons (NAOCOCS)... The association addresses coordination, governance and the social concerns of OCOs... NAOCOCS has identified the following priorities for action: creation and establishment of posts for senior and principal OCOs at district level promotion or better remuneration for OCOs who have qualified as cataract surgeons, refractionists or low vision therapists a review of the OCO training curriculum to ensure it meets international and regional standards and is relevant to each country's current eye care needs improving community involvement in eye care services improving eye care data collection, reporting, analysis and utilisation at all levels.

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