From research to scaling-up programs: case study of Peek school eye health program in Trans-Nzoia county, Kenya
Keywords:Eye care program, Mobile phone, Visual impairment and blindness, School screening, Eye health services, Stakeholders, Scale up
There are barriers to accessing eye health services by children especially in Low and Middle-Income Countries
(LMIC), where the prevalence of visual impairment is highest. We report the process of scaling up the Peek
school screening program that was initially tested in a randomized clinical trial in Trans-Nzoia county, Kenya.
The initial steps involved forming an advisory group that possessed expertise in technical, technological,
managerial, and program management. The team used the PRIME framework to develop a theory of change
on how the intervention would work at scale-up. The team led the project implementation through the three
phases of the PRIME framework (formative, implementation and scale up phases).
In this study we report on this process and influencing factors. We conclude that it is feasible to translate
research to scaled-up programs in LMICs. Important tools in this process include stakeholder mapping and
engagement. The Peek school screening model is acceptable and effective in screening for visual impairment
in this population.
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