Free Online Course on Global Blindness

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‘Global Blindness: Planning and Managing Eye Care Services’ is a free online course by The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine available on FutureLearn.com. This course is intended for all health care providers, health managers, NGO staff with an interest and some experience of, eye care health services.

In this free online course, University will highlight the key facts about avoidable blindness and global initiatives to address it. Course starts on October 30, 2017.

Course At Glance

Length: 6 weeks
Effort: 4 hours/week
Subject: Global Blindness
Institution: The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Future learn
Languages: English
Price: Free
Certificate Available: Yes
Session: Course starts on October 30, 2017

Providers’ Details

The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine is a world leader in research and postgraduate education in public and global health. The School’s mission is to improve health and health equity in the UK and worldwide; working in partnership to achieve excellence in public and global health research, education and translation of knowledge into policy and practice.

About This Course

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.

Why Take This Course?

This is a free online course. This MOOC will be offered with Video Transcripts in English.  Applicants can get a verified certificate.

Learning Outcomes

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.

Requirements

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.

Instructors

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.

How To Join This Course

  • Go to the course website link
  • Sign Up At FutureLearn
  • Select a course and Join
  • Once a course has started, applicant will be able to access the course material
  • After the start date, students will be able to access the course by following the Go To Course link on My Courses page.
  • Applicants can buy, to show that they have completed a FutureLearn course.
  • On some FutureLearn courses, learners will be able to pay to take an exam to qualify for a Statement of Attainment. (These are university-branded, printed certificates that provide proof of learning on the course topic(s)).

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