Review of Management Strategies to Achieve Vision 2020 in India with Emphasis on Cataract Related Blindness

Mukherjee B
2019 Journal of quality in health care & economics  
A review article to find out possible managerial solutions in order to achieve elimination of cataract related blindness in India by 2020. About 285 million people are visually impaired globally of which 39 million are blind. 80 percent of the total or 228 million people have avoidable blindness suffering from cataract, trachoma, onchocerciasis, refractive error, childhood blindness, low vision, glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy. Vision 2020 was initiated in February 1999 by WHO and IAPB to
more » ... inate avoidable blindness. Prevalence of blindness in India is 1 percent. 7.2 million Indians are blind due to cataract and 6.5 million cataract cases are added every year. Presently India is performing 6 million cataract surgeries annually. Will India be able to achieve Vision 2020, since 50 plus age group population is increasing? These are the possible managerial solutions:  Proper execution of 12 th five year plan of National Program for Control of Blindness at government level.  Wider coverage of the below poverty line population under Rastriya Swastha Bima Yojona.  Training and implementation of low cost high volume cataract surgery like Manual Small Incision Cataract Surgery.  Involvement of more corporates to perform Corporate Social Responsibility through eye institutions in order to remove cataract related blindness.
doi:10.23880/jqhe-16000145 fatcat:johterl23vcdzosabwiwwwicxe