To address many of the challenges faced in the field of eye care – including inequities in access and lack of integration within the health system – eye care needs to be an integral part of universal health coverage (UHC): all individuals to receive the health services they need, of sufficient quality, without experiencing financial hardship. The concept of UHC is globally adopted as the key guiding principle for health planning. To this end, the Eye care in health systems – guide for action (the Guide) was developed as a manual for health planners. The Guide outlines strategies and approaches proposed by WHO that provide practical, step-by-step support to Member States in the planning and implementation of integrated people-centred eye care (IPEC). Planning periods covered in the Guide include those that are short-term (annual operational planning), as well as mid- to longer term (eye care strategic plans).
Eye care in health systems: guide for action. Geneva: World Health Organization; 2022. Licence: CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 IGO.