News and notices. Comm Eye Health Vol. 20 No. 61 2007. February 01, 2007

Courses

International Centre for Eye Health

MSc in Community Eye Health
Date: 20 September, 2007-19 September, 2008. Venue: The International Centre for Eye Health (ICEH) at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, 8 Bedford Square, London WC1B 3RE, UK. Objectives: To equip eye health professionals with the knowledge and skills to reduce blindness and visual disability by developing a community-oriented approach to eye health and the control of blindness, in line with the aims and objectives of VISION 2020: The Right to Sight. Target audience: Eye care professionals (including ophthalmologists, optometrists, and project managers) who have or could have leadership roles either within their governments or in the NGO sector. This course does not include any clinical training and is not appropriate for people wanting training in clinical ophthalmology. Scholarships: Please contact Emma Sydenham (emma.sydenham@Lshtm. ac.uk) for assistance with securing funding from your home country to cover part of the course fee. Further details and admission procedures: Applications for this course are available on the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine website: http://www.lshtm.ac.uk/prospectus/masters/msceh.html and through contact with the Registry, 50 Bedford Square, London WC1B 3DP, UK. Telephone: +44 (0)20 7299 4646 Fax: +44 (0)20 7323 0638 Email: registry@Lshtm.ac.uk

Planning for VISION 2020
Date: 9-13 July, 2007. Venue: ICEH at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, 50 Bedford Square, London WC1B 3DP, UK. Objective: To familiarise participants with the goals and objectives of VISION 2020: The Right to Sight and the planning principles involved in establishing community eye health programmes. In addition to lectures about eye diseases and programme planning, participants will work in teams to develop a model for eye care interventions in their selected regions. Target audience: Ophthalmologists and eye health organisation programme managers involved in the drive to eradicate all treatable blindness globally by the year 2020. Information and admission procedures: Visit the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine website: www.Lshtm.ac.uk/prospectus/short/spv.html or email ShortCourses@Lshtm.ac.uk

Kilimanjaro Centre for Community Opthalmology (KCCO), Tanzania

Information and admission procedures for all courses listed below: visit the KCCO website (www.kcco.net) or contact Genes Mng’anya, KCCO Course Administrator. Email: genes@kcco.net

Integrating Childhood Cataract into VISION 2020 Programmes
Date: 1-5 October, 2007. Objective: To provide an understanding of the various strategies needed to improve uptake, counselling, surgery, follow-up, spectacles, and low vision care of children with congenital/developmental cataract. Target audience: Ophthalmologists or managers in settings with paediatric eye care services or programme staff responsible for organising childhood blindness activities.

Community Ophthalmology Certificate
Date: 15 October-7 December, 2007. Objective: To equip eye health professionals with the skills necessary to develop, implement, and manage a VISION 2020 programme. These include disease control, planning, human resource development, management, bridging strategies, and budgeting. Target audience: Ophthalmologists, project managers, or other eye care professionals who are responsible for developing and implementing district-based VISION 2020 plans.

Bridging Communities and Eye Care Providers to Achieve VISION 2020 in Africa
Date: 12-16 November, 2007. Objective: To provide eye care programme managers with the skills necessary to develop, implement, and monitor strategies for increasing utilisation of services by the population in need. Target audience: Eye care programme managers (government, NGOs, service groups), trainers, and key decision makers of national prevention of blindness programmes.

Management for VISION 2020 Programme Managers
Date: 19-30 November, 2007. Objective: To provide practical (African-tested) strategies for either developing or strengthening management systems to facilitate increased efficiency, coverage, and satisfaction with eye care services. Target audience: Heads and key decision makers of VISION 2020 planning areas.

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