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Eritrea Rapid Assessment for Avoidable Blindness Survey 2008


General Info
Eritrea (ERI)
Coverage type 
Time period covered 
02/2008 - 03/2008
Data type
  • Cross-sectional
  • Individual
  • Interview

The Rapid Assessment of Avoidable Blindness (RAAB) is a rapid survey methodology developed at the International Centre for Eye Health (ICEH). It is a population based survey of visual impairment and eye care services among people aged 50 years and over.

The Eritrea Rapid Assessment for Avoidable Blindness Survey 2008 covered the entirety of nation and data were collected through household interviews and visual examinations. Subjects with vision-impairing cataract were questioned on barriers keeping them from pursuing cataract surgery, and subjects that had undergone cataract surgery were asked about their operations. An additional module collected information on willingness to pay for cataract surgery. Of the targeted sample size, 3,163 subjects were interviewed and examined successfully.