Projects

The Bolivian Diabetic Retinopathy Screening and Treatment Program, WDF16-1417

WDF16-1417
A project to strengthen access to early detection and treatment of diabetes-related eye complications

Objectives

To strengthen diabetes eye care in Cochabamba, Bolivia

Approach

Capacity building of FBO health facility with equipment and supplies for DR screening and care; incl. laser and telemedicine tools for outreach purpose.

Development of guidelines for diagnosis and treatment of DR in coordination with health authorities and other stakeholders.

Training of ophthalmologists at FBO clinic and Viedma Hospital (MoH) in diagnosis and treatment of DR (incl. outreach); training to be conducted by RG / Stanford University expert

Screening of patients and follow-up treatment (incl. laser and vitrectomy surgery for advanced DR) of diagnosed patients through RG visits and outreach (incl. telemedicine and deployment of portable equipment); post-operative patients to be managed by local ophthalmologists, and local ophthalmologists gradually to be trained to perform DR surgery and laser treatment independently without RG/Stanford University experts on site

Development of an electronic DR registry and M&E system; established and functioning at FBO health facility and Viedma Hospital with clinical WDF indicators to monitor impact of treatment

Expected results

30 public and private local ophthalmologists and HCPs (FBO and MoH / Viedma Hospital affiliation) trained in detection of DR and 15 trained in retinal laser and surgery.

5,400 diabetes patients screened for DR and registered (patients to be identified from FBO clinic, Viedma Hospital, referrals from other eye clinics and ophthalmologists, diabetologists and endocrinology clinics, outreach visits, and, mobilised via media campaigns); and with approx. 1,600 patients diagnosed with DR, 1,000 patients diagnosed with non-proliferative DR, 400 patients diagnosed with proliferative DR, 200 patients diagnosed with diabetic macular edema, and 540 patients treated with laser.

Project information

Project nr.: 
WDF16-1417
Project Status: 
Ongoing
Interventions and focus areas: 
Primary focus area: 
Region: 
South and Central America
Address of head office: 
Bolivia
Project responsible: 
Dr. Rodrigo Cortes
Project start date: 
2018 to 2021
Project budget: 
USD 449,171
WDF contribution: 
USD 242,403

Expected results

  • 30 public and private local ophthalmologists and HCPs trained in detection of DR and
  • 15 trained in retinal laser and surgery;
  • 5,400 diabetes patients screened for DR and registered;
  • approx. 1,600 patients diagnosed with DR;
  • 1,000 patients diagnosed with non-proliferative DR