Global Blindness: Planning and Managing Eye Care Services (Short Course)

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About Global Blindness: Planning and Managing Eye Care Services at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

This course will be running again on the Futurelearn platform:

This course is also currently available as an open-access course on the School's website and can be accessed anytime:

The course 

The course will run on our partner's platform Futurelearn. You will be introduced to the magnitude and causes of blindness at a global level, relate to key global initiatives in avoidable blindness and be familiarised with practical approaches to strengthen eye health services, with an emphasis on low and middle income country settings. 

By the end of the course you will able to:

  • Examine the magnitude and causes of blindness and visual impairment globally and locally.
  • Relate to VISION 2020: The Right to Sight global initiative, the Global Action Plan 2014 - 2019 and the principles of health system strengthening for a local setting.
  • Evaluate the key disease control strategies to strengthen cataract and refractive error service provision and be able apply them in your local setting.
  • Understand and apply the essentials of the planning process for an effective eye care service.
  • Apply the principles of monitoring and evaluation of a local programme.

Course design

The course consists of:

  • Short video presentations on key topics
  • Interviews with experts in the field
  • Interactive learning exercises and quizzes
  • Application of practical planning principles using a case study
  • Online discussions to exchange ideas and experiences about the topics covered

The course is taught by experts who have been involved at different levels of eye care services - from global and academic leadership to clinical and public health experts involved at the community level. 

Modules / activities are structured around the following themes:

  • Definition of blindness and the magnitude of avoidable blindness
  • Global programmes: VISION 2020, Universal Eye Health and Global Action plan
  • Cataract blindness and control strategies
  • Refractive error and control strategies
  • Principles of planning and application at a local level
  • Implementing and monitoring the plan in eye care services

Who is this course for?

  • Eye health providers who lead or manage the service provision of an eye unit or eye care team
  • All clinical eye care providers who work in isolated and remote settings
  • Eye care providers with an interest in public health approaches
  • Any health providers and managers with an interest in eye care
  • Non-governmental staff involved in developing eye care projects in low- and middle-income countries
  • Charity organisations and philanthropists involved in supporting eye care service provision
  • Ophthalmic residents and nurses in training programmes with an interest in low- and middle-income health services

About the International Centre for Eye Health

The International Centre for Eye Health is based at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine where it is led by Professors Allen Foster and Clare Gilbert. The main aim of the Centre is to facilitate a reduction in blindness with a particular emphasis on low-income countries.

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