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Ophthalmology, 3.3 HEALTH SCIENCES
Mozambique has a population of more than 25 million people.1 Nampula Province has just fewer than 4 million people.2 Although Mozambique is currently experiencing unprecedented economic growth rates, buoyed by the discovery of natural resources, significant challenges remain for the population, such as adequate health care, including eye health services. VISION 2020 is a global initiative to eliminate avoidable blindness by the year 2020. Its core strategies are focused on human resource development, infrastructure development, and disease control.3 The Mozambique Eyecare Project delivered a regional optometry model for Lusophone Africa, based on the VISION 2020 core strategies. A key output was a higher education program for optometry. Mozambique’s first professional optometrists graduated from Universidade de Lu´rio in Nampula in 2013. To achieve the VISION 2020 goals, the services the optometrists are trained to provide must be fully implemented. To realize this potential, the use of refraction services by the general public must be fully understood.
Thompson, S. (2015). Barriers to utilisation of refractive services in Mozambique. Optom Vis Sci. Jan;92 (1):59-69 doi:110.1097/OPX.0000000000000431