Astrid Leck (Mentor)

Astrid Leck (Mentor)

Assistant Professor, Microbiologist and Educator, focusing on research and education to eliminate avoidable blindness. Co-academic lead for Open Education for Eye Health at LSHTM.

Location London, England


  • Hello Tabonga, hope you are enjoying the course and have been able to watch the other videos without any problems?

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  • @Daksha please can you tell me more about TT?

  • Hello, I would like to know more about TT @Daksha

  • Hello, I am a microbiologist and have worked for some years now on ocular infections, particularly corneal infection

  • Hello Ngozi, welcome!

  • Hello An, thank you for joining the course. We look forward to learning from your experiences in your NGO role

  • Hello Adiaba, great to hear from you. Hope you enjoy the MOOC

  • Hello Maryam, really good to have you on the course, I hope that it is a great experience for you, as it has been for so many others

  • Hello, what are your particular interests, do you work in eye health?

  • Welcome to the course Jolo!

  • Hello, I am a microbiologist working at the LSHTM and I am always interested to join relevant courses to update my knowledge and understanding of issues such as AMR

  • Hello. I am a microbiologist, based at the LSHTM in London, working in partnership with microbiology laboratories in low-income countries.

  • Two weeks ago, a very dear friend, who is just 46 years of age, suffered a cardiac arrest. Had it not been for people on site at the school where she works being able to perform CPR and use a a defibrillator, she would not be here today. That is why I would like to refresh my First Aid skills.

  • Hello Probal, So glad that you have been able to download the transcripts!

  • Hello Patrick,
    Thank you for drawing our attention to the typographical error for 360, which should indeed read "3/60" and "Secondly" which should read as "Secondary measures..."

  • Hello. It is fantastic to see so many people participating in this course; from so many different countries, professional backgrounds and with such a wealth of varied and valuable experience to bring to the discussions.
    We really hope that you enjoy the course and find the study materials and interaction with fellow participants to be an enriching experience....

  • Great spot, thank you Anene. We are correcting now.

  • Do you really mean that you think SMART objectives are impossible to attain ? Why do you think this is the case?

  • Yes Paco, you are correct, it is "logical" process.
    If anything sounds unclear in the video it is always possible to check by looking at the transcript version, which documents the narrative.

  • You raise an important point, could you tell us more about the system for monitoring you have put in place?

  • Thats a good thought Abena, mobile technology is probably more widely acceptable than other types of equipment.

  • This is interesting Brigid, as cost is so often a major barrier.

  • Hello Ghan. It is good to recognise that there are often barriers which need to be addressed by the service provider and patient.
    What are the specific service provider barriers where you are?

  • Hello Christelle.
    You have made some interesting points. In your experience, how do patients view free operations, does this have any bearing on how they perceive the quality of the surgery they are being offered?

  • Hello Alaglo.
    What is the main barrier to uptake of cataract surgery which affects output where you are?

  • Hello Tatowela.
    It is interesting to hear about your and Deborah's experience in Botswana. Do you find that cataract patients seek advice from multiple sources? Or is it more the case that following counselling from a HW the patient then seeks advice from trusted community members before they choose to go ahead with surgery, or do they come to outreach camps...

  • Thank you for pointing this out Sule, the content of the transcript is correct even though the title is perhaps a little misleading and should read "Week 2".

  • It sounds as though VISION 2020 has made a very tangible impact on eye care service provision in the Pacific Islands, this is very encouraging Biu.

  • Your idea about running a refractive error service alongside an immunisation day is a very interesting one Godwin.
    How feasible do you think this may be in your setting?

  • Welcome Hellen!

  • Hello Monica. Really pleased that you have decided to join this course and hoping that you will find it to be just as engaging and inspiring as your previous experiences of Future Learn courses.

  • Hello Birendra. We are delighted that you could join the course amidst the very difficult circumstances and sadness that your people are facing at this time. We wish you and each of your fellow Nepalese colleagues who are also participating all the very best.

  • Hello Heba. Its good to have you on the course. We look forward to hearing more from you and wish you all the best.

  • Hello Alaglo. Its really good to have you on the course.

  • Welcome Serge.

  • Hello Rosario. Welcome to the course. We look forward to hearing more about you and about your work in Lima.

  • Welcome Ling. We hope you enjoy the course.

  • Hello Alumita. We are delighted that you are able to join the course and also that your colleague recommended it to you. We hope that you will gain a lot from participating and that what you learn will be directly relevant to you in the context of primary eye care.

  • Hello Yannick. Welcome. We look forward to hearing more from you; about the interest you have in community eye health and about experiences from your work in Cameroon.

  • Welcome to the course Sheilah. It is good to hear from you, thank you for taking the time to introduce yourself. I hope that during the course you will have the opportunity to "meet" many new people and begin to build up a network of colleagues, from around the world, who you can continue to discuss opthalmology with long after the course ends.