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Rapid action to avoid cataract blindness in South Sulawesi

Habibah Setyawati Muhiddin , Ahmad Ashraf Amalius, George Ade Novra Sitanaya, Dyah Ayu Windy

Habibah Setyawati Muhiddin
Hasanuddin University. Email: muhiddinhabibah@yahoo.co.id

Ahmad Ashraf Amalius
Hasanuddin University

George Ade Novra Sitanaya
Hasanuddin University

Dyah Ayu Windy
Hasanuddin University
Online First: August 01, 2018 | Cite this Article
Muhiddin, H., Amalius, A., Sitanaya, G., Windy, D. 2018. Rapid action to avoid cataract blindness in South Sulawesi. Bali Medical Journal 7(2): 302-307. DOI:10.15562/bmj.v7i2.911


Background: RAAB 2013 reported the prevalence of bilateral blindness in South Sulawesi is 2,6%, with the main causes of blindness is cataract (64.3%). This report describes the crash program for cataract blindness control in South Sulawesi within the last 3 years (2014 - 2016). Material and Methods: Collecting the data of cataract infrastructures, human resources, and cataract surgical rate (CSR) from each district in South Sulawesi. From these data, we conduct statistical analysis and crash program planning, establish special and regional teams, and perform advocacy to stake holders of each district to describe the condition of the eye health services and action plans for cataract blindness prevention in each district. Results: The number of cataract surgery in South Sulawesi was 13.988 with CSR 1.753 in 2014. The number of cataract surgery in 2015 and 2016  was increased to 16.295 with CSR 1.954 and 19.147 with CSR 2.383 respectively. In August 2016, an advocacy workshop was held resulting the agreement of all stakeholders from each district in South Sulawesi in the development of the cataract blidness control  program. Conclusions: By implementing a serious and sustained crash program for cataract blindness control involving stakeholders from each district, the number of cataract blindness in South Sulawesi reduced and the CSR target of 3.000 in 2018 can be reached.

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