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Free access to articles in community eye health: ophthalmology, optometry, eye nursing and eye care delivery
The Community Eye Health Journal (CEHJ) is now available as an app for smartphones and tablets. The CEHJ app can be downloaded free of charge from the App Store (iOS devices) and Google Play. The app provides free online and offline access to peer-reviewed articles in community eye health: ophthalmology, optometry, eye nursing, and eye care delivery. Users with intermittent internet access or expensive mobile data charges will really benefit from the app’s features, such as offline access, bookmarking and a personal library where users can store and organise content.
The Community Eye Health Journal has been sent free of charge to eye health workers with eye care responsibilities around the world for the last 30 years. It is published by the International Centre for Eye Health, based at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and brings information, education and insight to thousands of eye care and public health professionals in 126 countries. Eye health workers in low- and middle-income countries often have inadequate access to continuing professional development, sometimes relying on course notes which can quickly become outdated. The journal has been a key source of the latest thinking and ideas in eye health for such professionals, and the CEHJ app makes this content more accessible and available.
“With the CEHJ app, we can provide relevant and up-to-date information on eye health to eye care workers in places where good internet access is still a challenge,” said Allen Foster, Co-director, International Centre for Eye Health, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
“We’ve listened to our users and have made an app that is easy to navigate but also full of helpful features,” said Elmien Wolvaardt, the editor of the Community Eye Health Journal. “While online, users can browse the entire app which includes all of CEHJ’s issues since 2009 and bookmark or download issues and articles for offline reading. This means that – once an article is downloaded – users can read it whether they are connected or not.”
In the Library section, users can organise the content they have downloaded into their own set of bespoke folders, e.g. for outreach, patient education or research. To access this unique feature, users create a free Library account which ensures that their content will always be accessible, even if they change devices or use multiple devices. All user data is held in accordance with GDPR.
Users can also search the journal, share articles with others via email or social media and adjust the font size and background colour to improve accessibility for those with visual impairment.
We welcome feedback and suggestions for future development. Email: [email protected]
To download the app, search for ‘CEHJ’ on Google Play (Android devices) or on the App Store (iOS devices). The app is free to download and there are no in-app purchases. The app is also available on any tablet or smartphone device at m.cehjournal.org
The cost of the app development was supported by Tijssen Foundation and the Peek Vision Foundation. The Community Eye Health Journal is supported by the Conrad Hilton Foundation, Sightsavers, CBM, Orbis, The Fred Hollows Foundation, Tijssen Foundation, Seva Foundation, BHVI and the International Trachoma Initiative.
About the Community Eye Health Journal
The Community Eye Health Journal (international edition) is a quarterly publication sent free to over 22,000 health care providers worldwide, mainly in low and middle-income countries. The aim of the journal is to ensure that up‐to‐date and relevant information reaches eye care workers of all levels in the countries where the burden of eye disease and blindness is greatest. Journal readers often have little access to other sources of information. Our peer reviewed articles are written by experts in the field and combine clinical issues with public health approaches, such as research, planning, management, training, technology, sustainability and advocacy.
The International Centre for Eye Health (ICEH) is a research and education group based at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). We work to improve eye health and eliminate avoidable visual impairment and blindness, with a focus on low-income populations.
The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine is a world-leading centre for research and postgraduate education in public and global health.