With the CATCH (Coordinated Approach to Community Health) programme, we are looking to ensure that key issues that impact eye health such as data availability, eye health workforce and eye health prioritisation are addressed for the long term.
CATCH is a four-year project that started in April 2015 supported by the UK government. During the lifetime of this project we want to ensure that we reach many more people with eye health conditions, increase our own capacity to continue learning about emerging trends and issues in eye health, and ensure a supportive environment that can sustain itself beyond March 2019 (when the project closes).
In each of the CATCH implementing countries in East, Central and Southern Africa, we are working alongside our partners to ensure that health information systems are addressed, and that the eye health workforce need is recognised as key within wider planning on human resources for health. We also work to ensure that national eye care plans are developed and aligned with mainstream health plans.
We want to ensure that health systems and structures are strengthened and ready to respond to the need and demand for quality affordable eye health, alongside our promise for CATCH to deliver 21,500 life changing cataract operations and 45,000 treatments for other eye conditions.
Now in its second year of implementation, CATCH is focusing on the three key asks under the global action plan: the need to generate eye health data within the mainstream health management information systems; the implementation and development of national eye health policies and plans; and investment in, and promotion of, an increased eye health workforce.