Developing a sustainable and scalable control programme for Retinopathy of Prematurity in Kenya: a health system perspective

Mwangi N, Sitati S, Onyango O, Mundia D, Njambi L, Gachago M, Murila F Nyamu G, Bitok M, Gichangi M


Disease-control programmes have an important role to play in strengthening health systems to deliver the interventions they recommend. In low and middle income countries, there is a shortfall in the coverage of interventions for primary, secondary and tertiary interventions for the control of Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP)-related childhood blindness and visual impairment. We need strong health systems to ensure prevention, timely diagnosis and access to effective care for ROP. If a health system strengthening approach is employed as
ROP interventions are being planned, health system issues that will affect implementation and outcomes can be identified.
Key words: Retinopathy of Prematurity, Health systems, Kenya

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