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Fiocruz becomes Collaborating Centre PAHO / WHO on childhood blindness

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Foto: Arquivo IFF/Fiocruz
Foto: Arquivo IFF/Fiocruz
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O mapeamento de retina, realizado em recém-nascidos prematuros de baixo peso, é utilizado no diagnóstico da retinopatia da prematuridade, doença que pode levar à cegueira
O mapeamento de retina, realizado em recém-nascidos prematuros de baixo peso, é utilizado no diagnóstico da retinopatia da prematuridade, doença que pode levar à cegueira

The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO / WHO) confirmed the appointment of Fernandes Figueira Institute (IFF), a unit dedicated to maternal and infant-juvenile, Fiocruz Collaborating Center on Blindness in Children in the period 2010 to 2014. The query was referred to the Brazilian Ministry of Health by the Director of PAHO / WHO, Mirta Roses Periago, last October.

Through the Department of Neonatology and its Clinical Research Unit (UPC), the IFF will participate in joint studies and research in the area, including activities of medical advice for eye care in neonatal technical cooperation with countries in Latin America and the Caribbean; organization workshops on retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) targeted to nurses, neonatologists and ophthalmologists and open to the presence of local governments in Latin America, development of educational materials for professionals and health services, and improving the quality of information available on neonatal care.

Since 2004, the Department of Neonatology and UPC-FFI has supported the implementation of screening programs and treatment of ROP in Brazil and other Latin American countries. Nationally, work is being developed in several capitals, including Rio de Janeiro, Salvador, Recife, Fortaleza, Sao Luis and Belem Abroad, Argentina, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru and Venezuela have been benefit.

The importance of prevention

According to WHO, the main causes of childhood blindness vary from region to region and are determined largely by socioeconomic development and the availability and effectiveness of primary care services and eye care. Retinopathy of prematurity is considered as an important cause of blindness in developing countries, along with causes that are also common in richer countries, such as cataract, congenital anomalies and hereditary retinal dystrophies. But experts say that in at least half the children who are blind today, the initial cause could have been prevented or the eye condition could have been treated to preserve vision or restore it.

In Brazil, the International Agency for Prevention of Blindness estimates that 33 000 children are blinded by eye diseases that could have been prevented or treated early and that at least 100,000 are visually impaired. The test of the little eyes or red reflex, performed before discharge and repeated throughout the first two years following birth, is able to identify, in the first hour after birth, eye problems that can affect the development of vision, as infantile cataract, glaucoma, infection, or intraocular tumor (retinoblastoma), retinal detachment and ocular malformations. The exam consists neonatal screening and the call is already offered in some institutions conveniadas the Unified Health System (SUS), such as those connected with the Municipal Health Secretariat of Rio de Janeiro.

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Source: FIOCRUZ
   Palavras-chave:   Blindness    Fiocruz    IFF    Children    Eye Health   
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