News and notices. April 27, 2015

Launches today! Free online course on global blindness and eye care services

Older woman and young girl receiving eye care services
Eye care in the community. Fred Hollows Foundation(left) & Sara Csurilla (U.S. Pacific Air Forces)

The journal publisher, the International Centre for Eye Health (ICEH), is launching its very first free course “Global blindness: planning and managing eye care” today in partnership with the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and FutureLearn.

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The course highlights the key facts about avoidable blindness and global initiatives to address it. Learners will explore practical, tried and tested approaches for strengthening local eye health services, in resource limited settings.

The course includes a range of activities including online discussions with other participants and ICEH staff.

  • The course is suitable for a broad range of participants: ophthalmologists, optometrists, eye health managers, ophthalmic nurses and clinical officers, public health staff, general practitioners, ophthalmic librarians and communications staff
  • If you are involved in teaching, it will be beneficial for your residents and students to sign up for this course.
  • You are free to download the content under an open license and use it for your own work in advocacy and teaching
  • Optional completion certificates are available

We have a really interesting and diverse group of faculty presenting on the course, many of whom have written for the journal:

  • Dr Ravilla Thulsiraj (LAICO, India)
  • Professor GVS Murthy (Public Health Foundation of India)
  • Professor Caleb Mpyet (Jos University, Nigeria)
  • Mr Peter Ackland (IAPB, UK)
  • Dr Anne Ebri (Brien Holden Vision Institute, Nigeria)
  • Mr Edson Mpyet (KCCO, Tanzania & Madagascar)
  • and from ICEH & LSHTM – Dr Daksha Patel (lead educator), Professor Allen Foster, Professor Clare Gilbert, Mr Andrew Bastawrous and Ms Priya Morjaria

We look forward to engaging with you on the course and please circulate the course link to your networks as well. For further information contact us on: +44 (0) 20 7958 8316 and [email protected]

Warm regards, Dr Daksha Patel E-Learning Director in Eye Health, International Centre for Eye Health, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine