Vision Aid Overseas’ New Online Learning Portal to Support Optometry Graduates in Zambia

Vision Aid Overseas (VAO) is delighted to be supporting Optometry Graduates in Zambia by funding a new online CPD learning portal. The interactive learning system, provided by online medical education provider, Synapse, will be available to graduates who have completed the three-year diploma in Optometry Technology at Chainama College of Health Sciences in Lusaka, which has been supported and funded by VAO.

Continuing Professional Development will enable the graduates to keep their knowledge and skills up to date throughout their working life and to maintain and improve their performance. A unique login identification code will be provided enabling them to have access to online educational articles and questions answered. The CPD portal will help them to achieve points towards a postgrad certificate.

Nina Kriel of Kriel Optometrists in South Africa and Synapse Zambia Co-ordinator, commented: “We have been providing online continuing education in South Africa, Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe for around 5 years but Synapse is new to Zambia. Our activities are accredited by the regulators in South Africa and we are working towards these accreditations leading to additional qualifications for our graduates and post-grads. I am delighted to be working with Vision Aid Overseas to further support our Zambian graduates with continuous online learning.”

Vision Aid Overseas Country Director for Zambia, Karen Edwards, commented: “We are extremely grateful to Synapse for working with us to achieve this facility. I am sure it will prove to be invaluable to our graduates.”

Comments from postgraduates in Zambia:

“It is an excellent programme that helps me to easily catch up from where I left off in college as it provides a continued learning experience. It covers the solutions to many of the conditions I have come across in my profession and my day to day experience with patients” – Harriet Mkandawire.

“The newsletters contain a wide range of topics that are well detailed. From the definition of the condition to its management, as well as the actual images of the condition which make it easier to identify and relate to when a patient presents that condition in person” – Gilbert Sichilombe.

“It gives me an opportunity to continue growing and expand on what I know” – Nawa Mapulanga.

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