To be a coordinating, facilitating and collaborating structure for all IAPB partners and VISION 2020 key stakeholders in Africa, including:
Ministries of Health and their relevant units: NCD, NTD, PHC, HR, Health Systems and Policies
WHO/AFRO and its relevant units: Eye Health (formerly PBL), NCD, NTD, PHC, HR, Health Systems, Research and Policies
NGDOs, agencies and foundations, in their support or implementation of VISION 2020 activities at country level
Training Institutions responsible, responsible for, or involved in the training and re-training of various members of the eye care team
Other structures involved or likely to play an increasing role in the development of health personnel in Africa, such as the Global Health Workforce Alliance
Research Institutions including:
Those involved in Eye Health or Blindness Prevention research,
Those likely to test on a large scale potentially successful models for human resource development, deployment and retention or for sustainable, district wide, integrated eye care delivery systems
Other programmes with greater visibility or following at country level (e.g., the UNICEF/WHO IMCI programme or the UN MDG programme)
Organizations and agencies (national and international) outside the professional eye world, with broader development agendas, and with significantly more resources, some of which could also benefit eye care programmes
An advocate for:
Partner NGDOs and other non-Government key stakeholders to National Ministries of Health
Partner NGDOs and other non-Government key stakeholders to the WHO AFRO regional, sub-regional and Country Office officials re: the way they operate and work
MOH to IAPB NGDO partners and other VISION 2020 stakeholders, re: the way African governments and their MOH structures operate
WHO AFRO regional, sub-regional and Country Office officials to IAPB NGDO partners and other VISION 2020 stakeholders, re: the way the WHO/AFRO and its structures operate
Africa’s priority needs and support in eye health and blindness prevention to interested members of the public, private and non-profit sectors, within and outside Africa, especially with respect to those regions (e.g. Central Africa or West Africa), or linguistic groupings (Francophone and Lusophone countries) which ten years on, are still receiving very little support.
Pan-African institutions such as the Africa Union and Africa Development Bank of the need to provide major levels of official development assistance to support national VISION 2020 plans
A provider and a facilitator for the development appropriate user-friendly tools, for use by all IAPB partners and VISION 2020 stakeholders:
A well maintained, user friendly platform for knowledge management and information sharing on VISION 2020 activities across the continent, facilitating development of appropriate and user-friendly tools.
The monitoring of progress made on each of the key components of V2020 operations
Disease control, HRD, infrastructure, partners support, coordination, etc
Ensuring adequate capturing, timely reporting and quick accessible to all stakeholders
The systematic monitoring of cataract surgery visual outcomes
The continuing assessment in close collaboration to appropriate bodies and institutions (e.g., ICO, WCO, WCO of the quality and relevance to countries priorities needs, systems and structures) of training programmes available to ophthalmic and optometric personnel across the continent
Structured and coherent system to supervise and support staff after their training.
Particularly critical for mid-level eye personnel (many of whom currently go many years either without any supervision or with no opportunity to maintain or upgrade their skills and competencies).