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Dr Jacqueline Ramke

MPH PhD

Associate Professor
of Global Eye Health

Room
490

LSHTM
Keppel Street
London
WC1E 7HT
United Kingdom

Jacqui’s research is focussed on equity and eye health, including her recent Commonwealth Rutherford Fellowship supported through the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the United Kingdom. 

During her fellowship Jacqui explored the measurement of inequality in relation to blindness and eye service use in surveys and routine health information systems. In addition, Jacqui worked with policy-makers, service providers and researchers to identify the most promising strategies to reduce inequity of cataract blindness. These strategies will be assessed in future implementation research.

Jacqui draws on more than 15 years of experience in eye health. After briefly working as an optometrist in private practice she provided eye care to Indigenous communities of northern Australia before working for non-governmental organisations in the Asia-Pacific region for ten years. In this role Jacqui partnered with Timor-Leste’s Ministry of Health and local service providers to develop evidence-informed national eye health services after independence.

Jacqui 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. Jacqui has a strong interest in evidence synthesis and is an Editor with Cochrane Eyes and Vision. A further interest is translation of evidence to action and in her role as a member of the IAPB Gender Equity Working Group Jacqui is coordinating a group of researchers, communicators and knowledge users to generate plain language summaries of existing evidence on equity and eye health.

Jacqui is a Commissioner in the ongoing Lancet Global Health Commission on Global Eye Health. She is also a member of a WHO Technical Working Group to develop the Package of Eyecare Interventions. She serves as a Steering Group Member for the Rapid Assessment of Avoidable Blindness and the Cochrane Eyes and Vision Priority Setting Process, and a Vice President for the International Society of Geographical and Epidemiological Ophthalmologists. In 2020 she also served as a member of the World Health Organization Technical Working Group to review the Eye Care Services Assessment Tool and a member of Reference Committee for the International Association of Blindness Prevention’s Vision Atlas.

Affiliations

Department of Clinical Research
Faculty of Infectious and Tropical Diseases

Teaching

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

Research

Jacqui's primary research focus is on understanding, quantifying and seeking solutions to reduce inequity in eye health. During her Commonwealth Rutherford Fellowship Jacqui explored the measurement of inequality in relation to blindness and eye service use in surveys and routine health information systems. In addition, Jacqui worked with policy-makers, service providers and researchers to identify the most promising strategies to reduce inequity of cataract blindness. These strategies will be assessed in future implementation research.

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.

During her PhD, Jacqui defined Effective Cataract Surgical Coverage and more recently worked with Ian McCormick and colleagues to define Effective Refractive Error Coverage. The World Health Organization identified these as the two key indicators to monitor Global Eye Health in its 2019 World Report on Vision, and they are also being considered as indicators for Universal Health Coverage more broadly.

Research Area
Clinical databases
Health inequalities
Health services research
Systematic reviews
Equity
Evidence use
Gender
Global Health
Older people's health
Discipline
Epidemiology
Operational research
Disease and Health Conditions
Disability
Blindness
Region
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
2021
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
2021
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
2021
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
2020
EYE
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
2019
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
2019
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
2019
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
2019
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
2018
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
2018
Bulletin of the World Health Organization
Universal eye health: are we getting closer?
Ramke J; Gilbert CE
2017
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
2017
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
2017
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
2015
Ophthalmic epidemiology
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