Launch of the Eye Care Situation Analysis Tool (ECSAT)
Today, on World Sight Day, WHO is launching a revised version of the Eye Care Situation Analysis Tool (ECSAT).
What is ECSAT?
The World Health Organization (WHO) World Vision Report (WRV) predicts a substantial increase in the number of people with eye disorders and visual impairment in the coming years. This is mainly due to demographic trends, including an aging population and lifestyle factors. In response, WHO has developed key policy recommendations for Integrated Person-Centered Eye Care (IPEC), which are outlined in the WRV.
ECSAT intends to support countries in planning, monitoring trends and evaluating progress towards IPEC implementation.
The revised tool now aligns with the WHO strategic recommendations made in the Word Vision Report. In addition to the questionnaire component, ECSAT now includes a maturity rating system and a set of possible actions.
Why should a country use ECSAT?
ECSAT is intended for national health policy makers and planners, staff of other national planning agencies, and partners in health development agencies. It provides a ‘snapshot’ of the eye care industry at this time and is designed to answer the following key questions:
- What is the current state of the eye care sector with regard to IPEC (strengths, weaknesses and inequalities)?
- What priority areas need to be addressed in strategic eye care planning?
- What are the possible activities to fill the gaps in the eye care sector?
In addition, ECSAT provides basic information for monitoring the capacity and performance of the eye care sector.
How to access ECSAT?
ECSAT should be implemented under the leadership of the Ministry of Health. For more information and to access the ECSAT model, please contact the WHO Eye and Eye Care Program ([emailÂ protected]).