Advocacy for Eye Care
Thulasiraj D Ravilla and Dhivya Ramasamy
Indian Journal of Ophthalmology
The effectiveness of eye care service delivery is often dependant on how the different stakeholders are aligned.
These stakeholders range from the ministries of health who have the capacity to grant government subsidies for eye care, down to the primary healthcare workers who can be enrolled to screen for basic eye diseases.
Advocacy is a tool that can help service providers draw the attention of key stakeholders to a particular area of concern. B
y enlisting the support, endorsement and participation of a wider circle of players, advocacy can help to improve the penetration and effectiveness of the services provided.
There are several factors in the external environmental that influence the eye care services – such as the availability of trained manpower, supply of eye care consumables, government rules and regulations.
There are several instances where successful advocacy has helped to create an enabling environment for eye care service delivery.
Providing eye care services in developing countries requires the support – either for direct patient care or for support services such as producing trained manpower or for research and dissemination. Such support, in the form of financial or other resources, can be garnered through advocacy.