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Introduction to IPEC training course

Introduction to IPEC is a free, self-paced elearning course which will deepen your understanding of what integrated people-centred eye care (IPEC) is, what it aims to achieve and why it is important.

You may have heard of integrated people-centred eye care (IPEC). It’s a key part of the World Report on Vision from the World Health Organization and is increasingly referenced in the eye health sector.

However, you may have some questions. What is IPEC? How is it different from previous approaches to eye care? How can we make IPEC a reality?

Introduction to IPEC is a free, self-paced elearning course which will deepen your understanding of what integrated people-centred (IPEC) is, what it aims to achieve and why it is important.

You’ll also learn about how to create an eye care strategic plan that focuses on IPEC, and how key tools from the World Health Organization can support this process.

Training outline

Introduction to IPEC includes four self-paced interactive modules delivered by email – one unit per day over four days.

In each unit, you will regularly be presented with key questions around IPEC, which encourage you to think and respond.

  • The audience for Unit 1 is IAPB members and partners, staff at non-government organisations, policy makers, health planners, government staff and eye health professionals.
  • Units 2 to 4 are aimed at those leading or supporting IPEC advocacy or eye health project implementation in their countries, and other stakeholders that will play a role in decision making and supervision of IPEC activities.

In Unit 1, we’ll explore:

  • why vision loss matters.
  • what IPEC is.
  • how eye health should be integrated across sectors.
  • what person-centred care is.
  • why primary eye care must be included in primary health care.

Unit 1 will be useful for a wide range of stakeholders across eye health, health and other sectors.

After you complete Unit 1, we will invite you to continue to Units 2 to 4.

Over these three units, we will move through the steps towards IPEC, using a case study based on a fictional country, Nortana.

You will play the role of Clara, the Country Manager for an eye health NGO. You will participate in meetings and help guide the team towards a strategic plan for IPEC implementation.

Given the situation in each country is different, you’ll also be invited to consider your own setting.

In unit 2, you’ll work with the team to:

  • Choose first steps and include key stakeholders
  • Advocate and initiate a policy dialogue with key stakeholders
  • Review ECSAT results

In Unit 3, you’ll help to:

  • Set goals and objectives for eye health in Nortana
  • Prioritise national eye health actions based on ECSAT results
  • Identify indicators, baselines and targets
  • Create a national IPEC plan, with a focus on integration

In Unit 4, you’ll help the team to:

  • Translate a national plan to sub-national level
  • Include key stakeholders to finalise the eye care strategic plan
  • Set up monitoring, evaluation and review processes.

Frequently asked questions

Each unit is a self-paced, interactive elearning module that will take 15-30 minutes to complete, so around 1 to 2 hours over four days, depending on how you engage with the material. You can complete each unit at a time that suits you.

The training is delivered by email – one unit per day over four days. If you don’t access a unit, you will be sent a gentle reminder after one week and one month.

There is no cost to access the training – all are welcome to register.

The training can be completed on any device (laptop or desktop computer or mobile) with an active internet connection. The training can be completed on slower internet connections, but you may experience some loading delays or issues accessing some content.

You can enrol and begin the training at this link. You can unsubscribe from the training course at any time.

Further information on IPEC is available on the IAPB website, and we will continue to make more content available around IPEC over time.

The 2030 In Sight Live event also includes a workshop on IPEC – more information on the event is available here.

If you have any issues accessing Introduction to IPEC, please contact Michael Morton.

If you would further support around IPEC in your setting, please contact the regional coordinator in your region.

  • Project steering group
    • Elise Moo, Fred Hollows Foundation
    • Ben Murphy, Fred Hollows Foundation
    • Brandon Ah Tong, Fred Hollows Foundation
    • Drew Keys, IAPB
    • Jude Stern, IAPB
  • Project sponsor
    • Sarity Dodson, Fred Hollows Foundation
  • Learning design, development and delivery


Fred Hollows Foundation and Australian Aid logos

This resource was sponsored by The Fred Hollows Foundation, with support from the Australian Government through the Australian NGO Cooperation Program.