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Barriers to Uptake of Low Vision Services In Cameroon: Case Study of Banso Baptist Hospital


To identify key barriers to the uptake of low vision services in the
Northwest Region of Cameroon.


Using the WHO estimate for low vision prevalence (2%), extrapolations
were made on the population of the NWR to have an estimate 41,000
people with low vision.
• The above value was compared to consultation data available at the low
vision clinic the period, 2011 to 2016 and a huge discrepancy was
observed. Only 247 patients used the services.
• A combination of exit interviews, observational analysis of consultations
by ophthalmic staff and home visits to patients who consulted for low
vision was undertaken.
• 299 (141 males, 158 females) who accessed general eye services
and/or low vision services completed exit interviews in which they
shared their views with regards to low vision services.
• Frequency of barriers highlighted by patients was tabulated per
category of patient.

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