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Eye Health Systens Assessment (EHSA): How to Connect Eye Care with the General Health System

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Posted on November 4, 2012
Topic: Advocacy/Vision 2020
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This is a compliment to USAID's “How-To Manual” for a rapid assessment of a country’s health system. A general consensus is emerging in the international eye care community that the effectiveness of eye care interventions can only be improved through better understanding of how health systems function.

Between 2005 and 2007, USAID developed and tested the Health Systems Assessment (HSA) Approach, and produced a “How-To Manual” for a rapid assessment of a country’s health system. The manual is available on resource/detail/528). The HSA was updated in 2011.
The impact of the HSA approach has been very positive: between 2007 and 2011, policymakers and program managers in more than 20 countries have produced reports (
Encouraged by the success and relevance of HSA, a consortium of eye care experts and health experts, coordinated by the International Centre for Eye Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, have developed the eye health assessment approach (EHSA) as an addendum to the HSA. 
The EHSA approach was developed as a complement to the health system assessment approach. Therefore, it is highly recommended to conduct EHSAs in countries were a full HSA has been conducted.


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