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The Community Eye Health Institute (CEHI) was established in 2008 with the broad aim to build capacity in public eye health services in sub-Saharan Africa. Through education and training, programme development and research, CEHI aims to promote the application of the principles and techniques of advocacy, strategic leadership and programme management to improve the performance of district, provincial and national prevention of blindness programmes.
The CEHI training centre is situated within the premises of Groote Schuur Hospital, which is adjacent to the Health Sciences Faculty of the University of Cape Town.
The CEHI has a variety of education and training programmes scheduled for 2023 directed at organisations and individuals (e.g. clinicians, managers and support staff) working in prevention of blindness programmes in developing countries.
The following schedule of courses is offered in 2023:
|Programme||Directed At||Provisional dates|
|Postgraduate Diploma in Community Eye Health||People working in prevention of blindness programmes in sub-Saharan Africa. These may include national eye care coordinators, district, provincial or national eye care programme managers, & clinical professionals working in eye care programmes (ophthalmologists, ophthalmic medical officers, ophthalmic clinical officers, optometrists, ophthalmic medical assistants, & ophthalmic nurses).||13 February – 01 December 2023|
|Strengthening Public Eye Health (SPHS) Training
|Five (5) certificate courses designed to provide training in the management of district eye care programmes. Suitable for national eye care coordinators & district eye care programme managers. This is offered in both online and contact mode.||Click here to download the SPHS course summary.
To download a summary of the individual SPHS courses information, click on the course links.The starting dates given here are for the contact versions of the courses.
Community eye health, starting 20 February
Advocacy & health promotion, starting 27 February
Leadership and management:starting 6 March
Project management essentials:starting 13 March
Developing action plans: starting 20 March
For further information and application procedures, send an email with your query to: [email protected]
|Master of Public Health (Community Eye Health track)||People working in prevention of blindness programmes in sub-Saharan Africa. These may include national eye care coordinators, district, provincial or national eye care programme managers, & clinical professionals working in eye care programmes (ophthalmologists, ophthalmic medical officers, ophthalmic clinical officers, optometrists, ophthalmic medical assistants, & ophthalmic nurses). Note: this is a residential programme!||Semester 1:
CEH modules 1 and 2 starts in February and ends in June.
Candidates must complete 10 modules in year 1 and a mini-dissertation in year 2. More information here: http://www.publichealth.uct.ac.za/phfm_master-public-health
For further information and application procedures, email [email protected]
|Simulation Ophthalmic Surgical training||The training in introduction to basic microsurgical techniques, manual small incision and phaco-emulsification cataract surgery, as well as trabeculectomy are intended for ophthalmologists, ophthalmology registrars and eye surgeons from lower and middle income countries, for competency training or up-skilling in the relevant surgical technique. Senior ophthalmic surgeons can also be trained as Trainer of Trainees|| The following courses are offered:
Manual small incision cataract surgery
Phacoemulsification cataract surgery
Basic microsurgical techniques
The 2023 training schedule will be finalised soon, and will be shared amongst our network members.
For further information and application procedures, send an email with your query to [email protected]
|Community eye health short courses||Community eye health is not a clinical discipline, but is aimed at understanding and applying the public health principles of needs analysis, planning and service design and development for the purpose of implementing successful district-wide eye care services to address the problem of avoidable blindness, especially in poor communities. The course is suitable for eye care professionals, programme managers and coordinators and public health workers intent on working in eye care.
|This short, one-week course is offered in contact format in the week starting 20 February 2023, and is aimed at providing participants comprehensive insight in the principles and techniques of community eye health.
See Strengthening Public Health Services (SPHS) Training section above.
For further information, email [email protected]