Building consensus for the development of child eye care services in South Darfur State of Sudan using the Delphi technique

African Journal of Primary Health Care & Family Medicine


 
 
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Title Building consensus for the development of child eye care services in South Darfur State of Sudan using the Delphi technique
 
Creator Alrasheed, Saif H. Naidoo, Kovin S. Clarke-Farr, Peter C. Binnawi, Kamal H.
 
Subject optometry; primary eye care child eye care; Delphi techniques; childhood visual impairment; barriers; challenge; orthoptic services
Description Background: Global estimates suggest there are almost 19 million visually impaired children worldwide, most of whom reside in poor countries, with the major cause being treatable.Aim: To determine the barriers to accessing childhood eye care services and to develop an eye care plan for children in South Darfur State, Sudan.Setting: The study took place in South Darfur State, Sudan.Methods: The classical Delphi technique was used to build consensus on a list of statements, which were generated based on the themes established by the experts, as well as on an extensive literature review.Results: Response rates ranged from 90% in the first round (n = 18), 100% in the second round (n = 18) to 89% in the third and final round (n = 16). The total number of statements recommended by the Delphi panellists for development of the paediatric eye care plan, was 60 based on a consensus level of 80% agreement or more. The expert’s consensus on the following key elements for promotion and improvement of child eye care: The main barriers to accessing child eye care were high poverty rate, unavailability of child eye services and a lack of community awareness. The challenges facing visually impaired children were an absence of paediatric ophthalmologists, low vision and orthoptic services.Conclusion: The main barriers to accessing child eye care services were financial, clinical access and lack of knowledge. There should be greater collaboration between the Ministries of Health, Education and non-governmental organisations (NGOs), to work together in addressing these barriers.
 
Publisher AOSIS
 
Contributor African Vision Research Institute, University of Kwa-Zulu Natal South Africa
Date 2018-10-24
 
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — Qualitative research
Format text/html application/epub+zip application/xml application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/phcfm.v10i1.1767
 
Source African Journal of Primary Health Care & Family Medicine; Vol 10, No 1 (2018); 9 pages 2071-2936 2071-2928
 
Language eng
 
Relation https://phcfm.org/index.php/phcfm/article/view/1767/2864 https://phcfm.org/index.php/phcfm/article/view/1767/2863 https://phcfm.org/index.php/phcfm/article/view/1767/2865 https://phcfm.org/index.php/phcfm/article/view/1767/2852
 
Coverage Africa 2014-2017 40-55 eye both gender
Rights Copyright (c) 2018 Saif H. Alrasheed, Kovin S. Naidoo, Peter C. Clarke-Farr, Kamal H. Binnawi https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0