Nov 9th 2015

Global Blindness: Planning and Managing Eye Care Services (FutureLearn)

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Understand global blindness and how to plan effective eye care with this free online course for health professionals.

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 free online course, we highlight the key facts about avoidable blindness and global initiatives to address it.

Planning and managing eye care

We will explore practical, tried and tested approaches for strengthening local eye health services, in resource limited settings.

By the end of the course you will able to:

- Examine the epidemiology of blindness and visual impairment globally and locally

- Relate to global initiatives to tackle blindness, such as VISION 2020: The Right to Sight and the WHO Global Action Plan 2014 – 2019

- Evaluate the key disease control strategies for effective cataract and refractive error service provision, applicable within local settings

- Understand and apply the essentials of the planning process for strengthening eye care service

- Apply the principles of monitoring and evaluation to a local programme.

Learn with other eye care professionals globally

This is a global course, enabling you to meet and learn from a range of health professionals in eye care, working with varied resources and infrastructure.

Through video interviews, you will meet public health and clinical experts working at both global and community levels. You will also exchange ideas and experiences through the course discussion, and put what you learn to the test through case studies and quizzes.