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Online course

Global Blindness: Planning and Managing Eye Care Services

Understand global blindness and how to plan effective eye care with this online course for health professionals.

Free:

  • Access to the course for its length + 14 days, regardless of when you join (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps)
  • Access to quizzes and assignments
  • No certificate

Upgraded:

  • Unlimited access to the course, for as long as it exists on FutureLearn (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps)
  • Access to quizzes and assignments
  • A Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course

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Global Blindness: Planning and Managing Eye Care Services

Find out how to plan and manage eye care, to avoid blindness

Around the world, 285 million people are blind or visually impaired. 75% of this is avoidable and 90% is in low- and middle-income countries. In this online course, we highlight the key facts about avoidable blindness and global initiatives to address it.

What topics will you cover?

  • Epidemiological data on the causes and prevalence of blindness and visual impairment
  • VISION 2020: The Right to Sight
  • The Global Action Plan 2014-2019
  • Key public health strategies for cataract and refractive error
  • Health systems strengthening
  • The essentials of the planning process for eye care programmes
  • The principles of monitoring and evaluation

When would you like to start?

  • Date to be announced

What will you achieve?

  • Describe the magnitude and causes of blindness and visual impairment, both globally and locally.
  • Evaluate the key public health control strategies to strengthen service provision for cataract and refractive error in your local setting.
  • Apply the essentials of the planning process for implementation in your setting.
  • Assess the relevance of the Vision 2020: the right to sight initiative and the applicability of Global action plan 2014-2019 to your local setting.
  • Interpret the relevance of monitoring and evaluation for effective management of an eye care service.

Who is the course for?

This course is intended for all health care providers, health managers, NGO staff with an interest and some experience of, eye care health services. The course will especially benefit:

  • 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 resource limited eye care services
  • 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
  • Trainers in academic institutions with an interest in developing training in public health approaches for eye care service provision for their local setting.

This course will also give you the opportunity to purchase a Statement of Participation.

Who will you learn with?

Dr Daksha Patel

Lecturer in International Eye Health. Ophthalmologist and Educator, working with the International Centre for Eye health (ICEH), focusing on research and education to eliminate avoidable blindness.

Who developed the course?

The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine is a world leader in research and postgraduate education in public and global health. Its mission is to improve health and health equity worldwide.

Buy a personalised, digital and printed certificate and transcript

You can buy a Certificate of Achievement for this course — a personalised certificate and transcript in both digital and printed formats, to prove what you’ve learnt. A Statement of Participation is also available for this course.

Certificate of Achievement + transcript £59.00

Statement of Participation £29.00

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Charges to your account will be made in GBP. Prices in local currency are provided as a convenience and are only an estimate based on current exchange rates.