Nossal to evaluate RACS eye health program
Nossal Institute for Global Health, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health has been selected by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) to undertake an in-depth and independent evaluation of the East Timor Eye Program and Sumba Eye Program in Indonesia.
The goal of the East Timor Eye Program is to reduce preventable blindness in Timor-Leste by helping build a sustainable, self-sufficient and effective eye health system for the Timorese people. The program delivers a wide range of in-country training activities and facilitates capacity building of the national eye health workforce through education and clinical service delivery coupled with on-the-job mentoring and training. The Sumba Eye Program was established to support the delivery of eye care services to the large number of patients with avoidable blindness and low vision on the island of Sumba, Indonesia. RACS has supported the implementation of the Sumba Eye Program through annual outreach clinics and training to ophthalmologists and ophthalmology trainees from Hasanuddin University.
The Nossal institute will be assessing the extent to which both programs delivered against their objectives with reference to relevance, effectiveness, impact, efficacy and sustainability and gender and disability inclusion.
Evaluation findings will contribute to the broader evidence base around what works in eye health programming and, surgical and health system development.
Dr Kris Hort