News and notices. Comm Eye Health Vol. 27 No. 86 2014. July 21, 2014

Commonwealth Eye Health Consortium

Commonwealth Eye Health Consortium

The Commonwealth Eye Health Consortium (CEHC) is a group of eye health organisations working together to strengthen eye health services and the quality of eye health care across the Commonwealth. Brought together through funding from The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust and coordinated by the International Centre for Eye Health, the consortium is delivering an exciting, integrated, five-year programme of fellowships, research and technology aimed at eye health workers based in low- and middle-income Commonwealth countries.

Masters scholarships in Public Health for Eye Care are offered for study at the University of Cape Town or the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine in order to equip ophthalmologists and eye care managers to implement effective, sustainable strategies to prevent and treat blindness. Application information

Clinical fellowships will support both long and short-term sub-specialty training for ophthalmologists to gain the knowledge and skills to more effectively relieve the burden of blindness in their own countries. Application information.

Research fellowships are offered at PhD and post-doctoral levels to strengthen eye research capacity and address questions of ophthalmic public health importance. Fellows will develop, conduct and analyse research. Application information

Open educational resources will provide freely available online learning materials that cover: (i) epidemiology of blinding eye diseases, (ii) principles of research in eye care and (iii) health development and eye care programmes.

The Diabetic Retinopathy Team Training Network, based on VISION 2020 LINKS in Africa and the Caribbean, will work together to build a South-South network and help plan and develop national diabetic retinopathy services.

OpenEyes is an open source electronic patient record system that is particularly suited to low and middle-income country settings. Support is available to implement the system in multiple locations. Application information.

Peek is a multifunctional smartphone system that empowers eye health workers to diagnose eye diseases using a low-cost device in remote settings.

Please refer to the CEHC website for full details.

Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust

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