Describe the magnitude and causes of blindness and visual impairment, both globally and locally.
Evaluate the key public health control strategies to strengthen service provision for cataract and refractive error in your local setting.
Apply the essentials of the planning process for implementation in your setting.
Assess the relevance of the Vision 2020: the right to sight initiative and the applicability of Global action plan 2014-2019 to your local setting.
Interpret the relevance of monitoring and evaluation for effective management of an eye care service.
Around the world, 285 million people are blind or visually impaired. 75% of this is avoidable and 90% is in low- and middle-income countries. In this online course we highlight the key facts about avoidable blindness and global initiatives to address it.
Content on this course is also provided in Chinese, Spanish and Portuguese:
A separate French course will run at the same time:
La Cécité dans le Monde: Planifier et Gérer les Services de Soins Oculaires
Epidemiological data on the causes and prevalence of blindness and visual impairment
VISION 2020: The Right to Sight
The Global Action Plan 2014-2019
Key public health strategies for cataract and refractive error
Health systems strengthening
The essentials of the planning process for eye care programmes
The principles of monitoring and evaluation
This course is intended for all health care providers, health managers, NGO staff with an interest and some experience of, eye care health services. The course will especially benefit:
Eye health providers who lead or manage the service provision of an eye unit or eye care team
All clinical eye care providers who work in isolated and remote settings
Eye care providers with an interest in public health approaches
Any health providers and managers with an interest in resource limited eye care services
Non-governmental staff involved in developing eye care projects in low- and middle-income countries
Charity organisations and philanthropists involved in supporting eye care service provision
Ophthalmic residents and nurses in training programmes with an interest in low- and middle-income health services
Trainers in academic institutions with an interest in developing training in public health approaches for eye care service provision for their local setting.