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The Development of a Public Optometry System in Mozambique: a Cost Benefit Analysis

Published on 23 September 2014

This paper demonstrates that a programme designed to address the burden of refractive error in Mozambique is economically justifiable in terms of the increased productivity that would result due to its implementation.

The economic burden of uncorrected refractive error (URE) is thought to be high in Mozambique, largely as a consequence of the lack of resources and systems to tackle this largely avoidable problem. The Mozambique Eyecare Project (MEP) has established the first optometry training and human resource deployment initiative to address the burden of URE in Lusophone Africa. The nature of the MEP programme provides the opportunity to determine, using Cost Benefit Analysis (CBA), whether investing in the establishment and delivery of a comprehensive system for optometry human resource development and public sector deployment is economically justifiable for Lusophone Africa.

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Stephen Thompson

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BioMed Central
authors
Thompson, S., Naidoo, K., Harris, G., Bilotto, L., Ferrão, J. and Loughman, J.
journal
BMC Health Services Research

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Mozambique

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