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 2021 directed at organisations and individuals (e.g. clinicians, managers and support staff) working in prevention of blindness programmes in developing countries.
Aim and Purpose
Timing and Duration
Postgraduate Diploma in Community Eye Health (PgDCEH)
Provide training in eye care programme management in order to plan, coordinate or manage community eye health programmes at national, district or facility level. It does not provide a clinical training in ophthalmology.
Master of Public Health (Community Eye Health track) (MPHCEH)
Provide training to enable participants to undertake clinical and operational research that might inform the planning and management of eye care programmes. It does not provide a clinical training in ophthalmology.
DAP: Developing action plans for eye care programmes
Provide training and support to enable participants to develop eye care plan for a health district (or relevant statutory demarcation), complete with budget, monitoring framework and human resource development plans
Provide training and support to enable participants to effectively manage the resources (human, infrastructural and financial) to meet pre-determined implementation targets throughout all the phases of the programme.