East Asia Vision Program
The East Asia Vision Program (EAVP) is being delivered by the Vision 2020 Australia Global Consortium and is a key component of the Australian Government funded Avoidable Blindness Initiative.
The EAVP works with partner governments to build their capacity to provide integrated, equitable and sustainable eye health care in Cambodia, Timor-Leste and Vietnam.
Strengthening eye health workforce development and capacity is a main focus of the EAVP across all three countries. This focus enables the EAVP to contribute to sustainable improvements to health systems and services. Eye health workforce development is a theme across all four of the program key areas:
- Governance, policy and coordination: Improved capacity of national and sub-national level health agencies to provide strategic and policy guidance, coordination and integration of eye health and vision care services.
- Eye health workforce training and development: Working together with local training institutions (for example hospitals and medical universities) the program is establishing quality eye health training programs; strengthening teaching and training skills; and contributing to a well-trained, skilled eye health workforce in the region.
- Service delivery: Improving service quality and standards of eye health service provision through national health systems in urban and rural areas.
- Data and research: Strengthening the capacity of eye health specialists in the region to design, lead and analyse research data to inform locally led strategy development and eye health initiatives.
The EVAP has achieved great results in its first two years, including:
- Building capacity: 1,407 training activities to improve the skills of eye health workers. This includes both training in clinical skills to improve service provision and training to improve teaching skills of trainers to ensure future students have access to both improved curricula and training/learning methods.
- Curriculum development: five training modules and six curriculums have been developed and two training modules and three curriculums have been updated for strong eye health worker training (including for basic eye doctors, ophthalmic nurse training and social responsibility).
- Governance and leadership: establishment, coordination and leadership of the eye health sector through Prevention of Blindness committees and provincial eye health strategies and planning. Strengthening of management skills, improved coordination between medical universities and strengthening of national eye health professional organisations to lead continuing professional development learning events.
- Building locally led research capacity: through research skills training and establishing mentor relationships between researchers and local/international eye health research leaders.
More detailed results and case studies are available for download via the links below: