News and notices. Comm Eye Health Vol. 19 No. 60 2006. December 01, 2006

Courses and conferences

The Inaugural World Congress on Refractive Error and Service Development

14-16 March, 2007. Theme: Meeting the Challenges of Refractive Errors in the 21st Century. Venue: The International Convention Centre, Durban, South Africa. Hosted by: The International Centre for Eyecare Education (ICEE) Information: www.icee.org

Working with management to get the support you need to achieve VISION 2020 goals: a course for ophthalmologists

April 16-20, 2007. Venue: KCCO, Tanzania. Objectives: To provide a basic understanding of management principles to ophthalmologists so that they can work with managers and other clinical and non-clinical staff to reach their VISION 2020 targets, improve the working environment, and improve service quality. Target audience: Ophthalmologists who are in charge of eye departments. Information and admission procedures: Visit the KCCO website (www.kcco.net) or contact Genes Mng’anya, KCCO Courses Administrator – Email: genes@kcco.net

Eighth General Assembly of the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness

28 July-2 August, 2008. Theme: Excellence and Equity in Eye Care. Venue: Centro de Convenções Rebouças, Sao Paulo, Brazil. Information: Email: agency@lvpei.org

30-31 March, 2007. Venue: University of Swansea, South Wales, UK. Information: Northern Network Events. Email: gill@glasconf.demon.co.uk

Bridging Communities and Eye Care Providers to Achieve VISION 2020 in Africa

12-16 November, 2007. Venue: Kilimanjaro Centre for Community Ophthalmology, Tanzania. Objectives: To develop the skills to design, implement, and monitor strategies for increasing utilisation of services by the population in need. Target audience: Eye care programme managers (MoH, NGO, service groups), trainers, key decisionmakers of national prevention of blindness programmes. Information and admission procedures: Visit the KCCO website (www.kcco.net) or contact Genes Mng’anya, KCCO Courses Administrator – Email: genes@kcco.net

Diploma in Community Eye Health

14 February-25 May 2007. Venue: ICEH at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, 8 Bedford Square, London WC1B 3RE UK. Objectives: Overview of the major blinding eye diseases and the VISION 2020 initiative. Weeks 1 to 5 focus on the control of blinding eye diseases. Weeks 6 to 10 are spent working on a strategy document outlining a plan which will be implemented on participants’ return to their home countries. Weeks 11 to 15 aim to build skills to assess, plan and develop the human, financial and technical resources for the prevention and control of blindness, with particular emphasis on a VISION 2020 project. Target audience: Eye care professionals (including ophthalmologists, optometrists, and project managers) who want to receive training in Community Eye Health, but cannot be away from their place of work for one year. Information and admission procedures: Visit the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine’s Website: www.lshtm.ac.uk/prospectus/short/sdceh.html or Short Courses at ShortCourses@Lshtm.ac.uk.

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