Equity Research Projects

A woman in traditional robes sits on the ground following cataract surgery

The Sustainable Development Goals and Universal Health Coverage initiatives both emphasize the importance of addressing inequity, so that no one is left behind. The need to promote equity in eye health was emphasized in the World Health Organization’s 2019 World Report on Vision. Historically, equity in eye health has been an under-researched area. Lack of effective approaches to address inequity has resulted in increased levels of avoidable blindness worldwide.

We are working to address this research-neglect. Equity cuts across all of our research, and we also have specific themes of research focused on understanding, quantifying and seeking solutions to reduce inequity in eye health.

Quantifying inequality and understanding inequity

In order to address inequity, we must first quantify the nature and extent of inequality that exists in a particular setting.

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Developing strategies that promote equity in eye health

We are currently developing a program of work to develop and test strategies that reduce differential access to good quality eye care, thereby promoting equitable eye health.

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Strengthening the collection and use of health information to promote equity in eye health

In this theme of our research, we aim to develop, test and promote ways of measuring and monitoring inequality in eye health research, service delivery and policy development.

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Equity, diversity and inclusion of eye health organisations and leadership

In this theme of our research, we aim to develop, test and promote ways of measuring and monitoring inequality in eye health research, service delivery and policy development.

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