Objective To describe the rational for, and the methods that will be employed to develop, the WHO package of eye care interventions (PECI).
Methods and analysis The development of the package will be conducted in four steps: (1) selection of eye conditions (for which interventions will be included in the package) based on epidemiological data on the causes of vision impairment and blindness, prevalence estimates of eye conditions and health facility data; (2) identification of interventions and related evidence for the selected eye conditions from clinical practice guidelines and high-quality systematic reviews by a technical working group; (3) expert agreement on the inclusion of eye care interventions in the package and the description of resources required for the provision of the selected interventions; and (4) peer review. The project will be led by the WHO Vision Programme in collaboration with Cochrane Eyes and Vision. A Technical Advisory Group, comprised of public health and clinical experts in the field, will provide technical input throughout all stages of development.
Results After considering the feedback of Technical Advisory Group members and reviewing-related evidence, a final list of eye conditions for which interventions will be included in the package has been collated.
Conclusion The PECI will support Ministries of Health in prioritising, planning, budgeting and integrating eye care interventions into health systems. It is anticipated that the PECI will be available for use in 2021.
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Contributors SK and AC were involved in planning and drafting the manuscript. JRE, SB, RB, MC, CY-C, DF, JMF, RCK, WM, SM, EM, AM, MR, TR, JZ and RW reviewed and revised the draft. All authors read and approved the final manuscript. The views expressed in this paper are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of WHO.
Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.
Competing interests None declared.
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Data availability statement All data relevant to the study are included in the article.
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