Free online course – Global blindness: Planning and managing eye care services

Global blindness: Planning and managing eye care services

Understand global blindness and how to plan effective eye care.



What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you’ll be able to…

  • 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.

Who is the course for?

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.

This course will also give you the opportunity to purchase a Statement of Participation.

Who will you learn with?

Dr Daksha Patel – Lecturer in International Eye Health. Ophthalmologist and Educator, working with the International Centre for Eye health (ICEH), focusing on research and education to eliminate avoidable blindness.

Certification available

OpenStudy: A printed and personalised Certificate of Participation can be obtained for a fee. To be eligible for a personalised and printed course Certificate, first complete the course by submitting all the quizzes and contributing to all the discussions.

FutureLearn: You can buy a Certificate of Achievement for this course — a personalised certificate and transcript in both digital and printed formats, to prove what you’ve learnt. A Statement of Participation is also available for this course. Estimate prices in preferred currency

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