Daksha Patel

 

 


 

Dr Daksha Patel is an Ophthalmologist by training and has worked in a range of clinical settings in East Africa. She joined LSHTM in 2002 as the Course Director for MSc in Public health for eye care, when the course tranferred from the Institute of Ophthalmology as part of the International Centre for Eye Health. This unique course, is focused on addressing avoidable blindness in low and middle income settings. She remained as the Course Director till 2013 and has since taken on the role of E-learning Director for the Disability group at LSHTM, and is developing Open educational resources and Massive open Online courses (MOOCs) in eye care.

Daksha has a keen interest in health science education and public health. Since 2009, she has also been involved in developing training for Public health planning for Hearing Impairment, which is directed to addess and develop strategies for the prevention of hearing loss.

Daksha is involved in the Human resources development working group for the International agency for the prevention of blindness (IAPB).

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Feb 20th 2017

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.

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Oct 3rd 2016

Discover how communities and experts are joining together to end trachoma disease across 42 endemic countries by the year 2020. An estimated 200 million people are at risk of trachoma in 42 countries. Trachoma is a neglected tropical disease. It occurs in some of the poorest populations with limited access to clean water, sanitation, and healthcare, and is the world’s leading infectious cause of blindness. At present, we have a unique opportunity to eliminate this disease.

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