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Skip to 0 minutes and 14 secondsDAKSHA PATEL: Hello, and welcome to week five. To eliminate avoidable blindness we need to consider change in our approach to service delivery for eye care.

Skip to 0 minutes and 29 secondsThis change has to be planned. And in this week, we'll be looking at some simple, logical steps that can be applied to planning. We will use a range of methods and tools to assess what is the present situation, what can, and must, be changed, and finally, how can we set appropriate aims and objectives.

Skip to 1 minute and 0 secondsThese planning principles are not specific to eye care and can be used across a range of activities and projects.

Skip to 1 minute and 11 secondsAgain, we would be using our case study. And we recommend and encourage you to apply some of these tools to these case studies and share your experiences on our discussion forums.

Welcome to Week 5

Welcome to the fifth week of the course. If you want to revisit material from previous weeks, you can navigate through them via the ‘to do’ list. Click ‘To do’ and then click on the appropriate week.

This week we will begin to explore the fourth of our five course objectives, to understand and apply the essentials of planning. We will look at the principles of planning and managing delivery of cataract and refractive error services, highlighting the components of situation analysis, how to set aims and objectives, and developing a strategy.

By the end of the week you should be able to:

  1. Consider ‘change’ in relation to the improvement of eye care services
  2. Define planning
  3. Critically appraise the components of the planning process and relate to a health setting
  4. Appraise the components of a situation analysis
  5. Relate the planning steps to their local setting
  6. Understanding the concept of an aim and SMART objectives in planning
  7. Appraise the linkage of activities with objectives and targets
  8. Understand the purpose of setting priorities, timelines and budgets in planning.

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Global Blindness: Planning and Managing Eye Care Services

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine