Creation of Diabetic Retinopathy Referral Network in Bangladesh, WDF17-1541

This project is designed to create a scalable integrated model to improve eye care services for diabetic patients focusing on diabetic Retinopathy in five rural districts in Bangladesh.

Objectives

Improve care, screening incl. referral pathways for patients with Diabetes Mellitus (DM) and Diabetic Eye Diseases by strengthening linkages and reciprocal patient records networks between the community level and the district hospitals and advanced secondary eye care facilities on DM and Diabetic Eye Diseases.

Approach

This project will be implemented in a joint collaboration between various key stakeholders in the field of diabetes and ophthalmology both at community, district, regional and at national level and intends to create increased community awareness of DM and Diabetic Retinopathy (DR), establish referral pathways of diabetic patients among community based health care systems, district diabetic hospital network and eye care facilities.

The project will furthermore conduct screenings for diabetes at community level and screen for Diabetic Retinopathy at BADAS affiliated clinics.

Health care personnel (and non-health care personnel) will be capacitated to be able to identify, screen, refer and treat DM and DR patients and service delivery will be strengthened through equipment/supplies with laser and other relevant treatment for DR.

Expected results

  • 800 frontline health workers, 400 Community Health Care Providers of Community Clinics and 400 community groups attended are orientated and trained
  • 16 health professionals of BADAS hospitals, eye hospitals, medical officers, retina specialist trained
  • 42 non-health professionals of BADAS, eye hospitals, paramedics, photographers, graders, counsellors and outreach coordinators trained
  • 60 screening camps organized by 4 BADAS hospitals with 3 Eye Care Hospitals
  • 50 general practitioners received orientation on DM and diabetes eye diseases including DR
  • 3 district diabetic hospitals and 1 eye hospital equipped
  • 144,000 DM patients screened by fundus camera for DR
  • 600 laser or anti-VEGF injection sessions conducted by 3 eye hospitals
  • 315 vulnerable people received vouchers for financial assistance

 

Project information

Project impact

Expected results

800 frontline health workers, 400 Community Health Care Providers of Community Clinics and 400 community groups attended are orientated and trained

• 16 health professionals of BADAS hospitals, eye hospitals, medical officers, retina specialist trained

• 3 district diabetic hospitals and 1 eye hospital equipped

• 144,000 DM patients screened by fundus camera for DR

• 600 laser or anti-VEGF injection sessions conducted by 3 eye hospitals

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