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Ensuring universal access to eye health in urban slums in the Global South: the case of Bhopal (India).

PREGEL, Andrea
et al
October 2017

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In the context of its Urban Eye Health Programme in Bhopal (India), Sightsavers launched a pilot approach aimed at developing an Inclusive Eye Health (IEH) model and IEH Minimum Standards.

Accessibility audits were conducted in a tertiary eye hospital and four primary vision centres located within urban slums, addressing the accessibility of physical infrastructures, communication and service provision. The collection and analysis of disaggregated data inform the inclusion strategy and provide a baseline to measure the impact of service provision. Trainings of eye health staff and sensitisation of decision makers on accessibility, universal design, disability and gender inclusion are organised on a regular basis.

A referral network is being built to ensure participation of women, people with disabilities and other marginalised groups, explore barriers at demand level, and guarantee wider access to eye care in the community. Finally, advocacy interventions will be developed to raise awareness in the community and mainstream disability and gender inclusion within the public health sector.

A wall in its midst : the separation barrier and its impact on the right to health and on Palestinian hospitals in East Jerusalem

HABIB, Ibrahim
December 2005

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The construction of a separation barrier between Israel and the West Bank is having devastating effects on the social and economic life of Palestinians. This report attempts to assess its impact on health care delivery in East Jerusalem and on Palestinian hospitals. The policy of closure entails that a large section of Palestinian population with Israeli residency is denied access to health care services, while people living in the Occupied Territories can no longer benefit from Jerusalem hospitals, even when they can provide care unavailable elsewhere. The report advocates for supporting East Jerusalem hospitals, ensuring high medical standards and solid financial backing. Effective political lobbying should ensure that close ties with the West Bank and the Gaza Strip are maintained

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