News and notices. Comm Eye Health Vol. 20 No. 62 2007. June 01, 2007

Training

Paediatric ophthalmology fellowship

The CCBRT Hospital in Tanzania is offering a six-month fellowship in paediatric ophthalmology. Requirements: Candidates should be qualified ophthalmologists and have performed at least 500 adult cataract operations. They should also be able to demonstrate that there is a need for paediatric ophthalmology services at their place of work, and that they have been or will be given the resources to put into practice the skills that they acquire during the fellowship. Fees: US $5,000 (tuition only), board and lodging US $25 per day, expenses for necessary documents approximately US $200. No salary is paid by CCBRT to the candidate. Contact: Dr Richard Bowman, Training Director, CCBRT Hospital, PO Box 23310, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Email: richardbowman@bol.co.tz

International Centre for Eye Health

Diploma in Community Eye Health

Date: 13 February-23 May, 2008. Venue: The International Centre for Eye Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, 8 Bedford Square, London WC1B 3RE, UK. Objectives: This course is aimed at people who want to know more about the major blinding eye diseases and the VISION 2020 initiative. Participants will be expected to research and write up a strategy document outlining plans which will be instituted on return to their home country. 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 a longer training course. 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’s Website: www.Lshtm.ac.uk/prospectus/short/sdceh.html.

Email: ShortCourses@Lshtm.ac.uk

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 impairment 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 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 forth is course are available on the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine’s website: 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: The International Centre for Eye Health 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’s website: www.Lshtm.ac.uk/prospectus/short/spv.html. Email: ShortCourses@Lshtm.ac.uk

Kilimanjaro Centre for Community Ophthalmology (KCCO), Tanzania

For 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, spectacle prescription, and low vision care for children with congenital or 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 (from government, NGOs, or 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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