A man and a woman kneeling outside as they spoon liquid out of a large bowl.

Making Vision Care Services More Accessible in Remote Areas of Bangladesh .

“Eye care services are rarely considered essential health services and are not often provided at the primary care level. The fact that this partnership between the AUHC activity and DOT Glasses exists already indicates that vision care [is] … a priority component of universal health coverage in Bangladesh, which is unique. And the result is that the pilot, implemented by SHN, was so successful in making more accessible a service often considered a specialty; it’s a huge win.”

Parvez Asheque, Chief of Party, AUHC Activity

As we observe Universal Health Coverage (UHC) Day, highlighting stories like Rowshan’s is key to making the case for equity in health care. By ensuring free or low-cost quality services, where patients need them most, AUHC assures that UHC is truly accessible and impactful for Bangladeshis. Thanks to this partnership, 240 patients across the country accessed vision care services in their communities between January and March 2022. Additionally, after six months of the pilot, most of the patients say that the services they received improved their quality of life.

As a result of the pilot’s success, SHN will expand the DOT Glasses partnership to all 134 SHN clinics, ensuring equitable access to vision care for all patients. The project will also continue working with the Government of Bangladesh and the private sector to facilitate greater access to vision care across the country.

Photo: Rowshan Akter (left) counts shrimp larvae for a living. She can continue working thanks to access to eyecare services and glasses. Credit: USAID Bangladesh AUHC activity.