Coordinated Approach to Community Health (CATCH)

The CATCH programme ensures that patients who visit trachoma screening camps with another eye condition, such as cataracts, are given the treatment they need.

A woman has her eyes examined as part of a CATCH screening programme in Uganda.

While running our trachoma screening programmes in Africa, we realised many patients coming to the camps had cataracts and other eye diseases that the camps didn’t have the necessary equipment or right environment to treat.

The patients turned away were unlikely to seek further help due to lack of money or distance to get to their nearest hospital.

The CATCH programme, which stands for Coordinated Approach to Community Health, is funded by the UK government from the matched aid donations of Sightsavers supporters in 2014. It was set up to ensure people can be diagnosed, referred and given the treatment they need.

The CATCH programme was launched
Number of countries in which CATCH operates
Pairs of reading glasses that have been donated

How does the programme work?

The CATCH programme currently operates in five countries: Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Uganda and Zambia. It piggybacks on large-scale trachoma initiatives funded by the UK government and The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust, and ensures cataract patients are given transport to the nearest facility where cataract surgeries can be performed.

The programme helps communities affected by blinding trachoma as well as other visual impairments. These communities are among the poorest in the world, with high incidence of eye diseases due to poor hygiene, poor sanitation, inadequate nutrition and limited or non-existent eye health services.

The UK Aid logo, showing a union jack and the words: 'UK Aid: from the British people'.

Vision Spring USA has kindly donated 55,000 pairs of reading glasses which are being distributed to those in need through the programme.

The CATCH project has been funded by the UK government’s Department for International Development as a result of donations made by Sightsavers supporters in 2014 during a funding appeal. The donations were matched pound for pound by the UK Aid Match fund.

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Louise Robinson greeting people

Senior DFID advisor visits eye camps in Samburu County, Kenya

Louise Robinson has visited projects as part of The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust Trachoma Initiative and Sightsavers’ CATCH project.

A group of villagers sit on the grass while waiting to be screened for eye conditions at a health centre in Uganda.
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