The Eye Care Service Assessment Tool (ECSAT) provides guidance for assessing the status and functionality of a country’s eye care service on the basis of the six areas of the World Health Organization (WHO) framework for strengthening health systems. It is intended to help eye care planners and decision-makers to identify gaps in eye care service provision, in order to strengthen access to high-quality, comprehensive, integrated eye care service.
ECSAT is also intended to assist implementation of evidence-based interventions, as its periodic completion can provide data and information for assessing the impact of interventions and identify trends and newly emerging needs. These findings can assist in refining and updating national plans and strategies for eye care provision.
The “eye care service assessment tool” (ECSAT) allows users to collect data and information on the provision of eye care at country or district level and to determine whether it meets the objectives of the global eye health action plan. ECSAT has three main sections, which follow the structure of the global eye health action plan.
Covers the availability of data on the prevalence and causes of visual impairment, gaps in eye care services and use of evidence for securing support for eye health.
Provides guidance for assessing the status and functionality of a country’s eye care service on the basis of the six areas of the WHO framework for strengthening health systems.
Gives guidance for determining the extent to which eye health is covered in multi sectoral agendas and for engaging in national and international eye health partnerships.