Dr Jacqueline Ramke


Associate Professor
of Global Eye Health


Keppel Street
United Kingdom

Jacqui is an eye health services researcher with a background in optometry, programme management, epidemiology and evidence synthesis. Following 15+ years working in international eye health programme management and research in the Asia-Pacific region, Jacqui completed her PhD at University of New South Wales (Sydney), before receiving a Commonwealth Rutherford Fellowship to support a post-doctoral position at the International Centre for Eye Health (ICEH) at LSHTM.

Since 2020, Jacqui has held dual appointments at LSHTM (as Associate Professor of Global Eye Health) and at University of Auckland, New Zealand (Buchanan Charitable Foundation Associate Professor in Public Eye Heath). Jacqui is part of the ICEH leadership team.

Jacqui was a Commissioner in the Lancet Global Health Commission on Global Eye Health and was part of the core writing group for the 2021 Report. She has served as a member of several WHO Technical Working Groups and is a Steering Group Member for the Rapid Assessment of Avoidable Blindness and the Cochrane Eyes and Vision Priority Setting Process. She is also a member of several Working Groups or Reference Committees for the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) including for the Vision Atlas, the Gender Equity Working Group and the monitoring framework for INSIGHT 2030. She is an Editor with Cochrane Eyes and Vision, and on editorial boards for Ophthalmic & Physiological Optics and Ophthalmic Epidemiology. 


Faculty of Infectious and Tropical Diseases
Department of Clinical Research


Module 3402 – Foundations of Global Eye Health & Eye Care Programmes


Jacqui's primary research focus is on understanding, quantifying and seeking solutions to improve access to eye care and reduce inequality. She has led cross-sectional prevalence studies and studies using large data-sets of routinely collected data, in addition to implementing operational research projects to inform eye-care service development. During her PhD, Jacqui defined Effective Cataract Surgical Coverage (eCSC) which is one of two eye health indicators endorsed for monitoring by Member States at the World Health Assembly in 2021 and which is being proposed as an indicator for WHO’s UHC Index as well as the SDG Monitoring Framework. 

Within the Lancet Global Health Commission on Global Eye Health, Jacqui was responsible for several streams of work, including the Grand Challenges in Global Eye Health which recruited >300 people across all world regions to identify priorities for action and research in Global Eye Health for the next decade. She also oversaw an assessment of equity and diversity of leadership in global eye health, and contributed to a broad range of reviews exploring the links between eye health and the SDGs, Universal Health Coverage, mortality, quality of life and road traffic injuries, as well as reviews exploring interventions to improve quality of cataract services, and models of service delivery to improve access to eye care for Indigenous and non-dominant ethnic minority populations.

Research Area
Clinical databases
Health care financing
Health inequalities
Health services research
Health systems
Systematic reviews
Evidence use
Global Health
Older people's health
Operational research
Disease and Health Conditions
East Asia & Pacific (all income levels)
Pacific island small states
South Asia
Sub-Saharan Africa (developing only)

Selected Publications

The Lancet Global Health Commission on Global Eye Health: vision beyond 2020.
Burton MJ; Ramke J; Marques AP; Bourne RRA; Congdon N; Jones I; Ah Tong BAM; Arunga S; Bachani D; Bascaran C
The Lancet Global Health
Eye health indicators for universal health coverage: results of a global expert prioritisation process.
McCormick I; Mactaggart I; Resnikoff S; Muirhead D; Murthy GV; Silva JC; Bastawrous A; Stern J; Blanchet K; Wang N
The British journal of ophthalmology
Gender and ethnic diversity in global ophthalmology and optometry association leadership: a time for change.
Yashadhana A; Clarke NA; Zhang JH; Ahmad J; Mdala S; Morjaria P; Yoshizaki M; Kyari F; Burton MJ; Ramke J
Ophthalmic & physiological optics : the journal of the British College of Ophthalmic Opticians (Optometrists)
Action needed to improve equity and diversity in global eye health leadership.
Yashadhana A; Zhang JH; Yasmin S; Morjaria P; Holland P; Faal H; Burton MJ; Ramke J
Announcing The Lancet Global Health Commission on Global Eye Health.
Burton MJ; Faal HB; Ramke J; Ravilla T; Holland P; Wang N; West SK; Bourne RRA; Congdon NG; Foster A
The Lancet. Global health
Effective refractive error coverage: an eye health indicator to measure progress towards universal health coverage.
McCormick I; Mactaggart I; Bastawrous A; Burton MJ; Ramke J
Ophthalmic & physiological optics
Diabetic eye disease and screening attendance by ethnicity in New Zealand: A systematic review.
Ramke J; Jordan V; Vincent AL; Harwood M; Murphy R; Ameratunga S
Clinical & experimental ophthalmology
Cataract Services are Leaving Widows Behind: Examples from National Cross-Sectional Surveys in Nigeria and Sri Lanka.
Ramke J; Kyari F; Mwangi N; Piyasena M; Murthy G; Gilbert CE
Int J Environ Res Public Health
Rapid assessment of avoidable blindness for health service planning.
Mactaggart I; Wallace S; Ramke J; Burton M; Bastawrous A; Limburg H; Qureshi MB; Foster A; Kuper H
Bulletin of the World Health Organization
Evidence for national universal eye health plans.
Ramke J; Zwi AB; Silva JC; Mwangi N; Rono H; Gichangi M; Qureshi MB; Gilbert CE
Bulletin of the World Health Organization
Universal eye health: are we getting closer?
Ramke J; Gilbert CE
The Lancet Global health
Interventions to improve access to cataract surgical services and their impact on equity in low- and middle-income countries.
Ramke J; Petkovic J; Welch V; Blignault I; Gilbert C; Blanchet K; Christensen R; Zwi AB; Tugwell P
The Cochrane database of systematic reviews
Inequality in cataract blindness and services: moving beyond unidimensional analyses of social position.
Ramke J; Zwi AB; Lee AC; Blignault I; Gilbert CE
The British journal of ophthalmology
Equity and Blindness: Closing Evidence Gaps to Support Universal Eye Health.
Ramke J; Zwi AB; Palagyi A; Blignault I; Gilbert CE
Ophthalmic epidemiology
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