Ramachandra Pararajasegaram Community Eye Health Training Centre
Programs in Community Eye Health

In the pursuit of excellent and equitable eye care delivery, LVPEI realized early on that building human resources is vital for increasing the reach of eye care services. To achieve this, GPR ICARE has been offering training programs in the areas of community eye health and eye health management for the past several years. On October 17, 2011, the education component of GPR ICARE was renamed the "Ramachandra Pararajasegaram Community Eye Health Education Centre" in honor of Dr R Pararajasegaram, former WHO Regional Advisor and Consultant, and former President, International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness.

Community eye health extends the traditional individual patient-based clinical practice of ophthalmology to the assessment and facilitation of good eye health in the population as a whole. The principle of community eye health is to apply the knowledge of eye care to the community to reduce blindness and visual impairment. This specialized area of study aims to help professionals and programs focus on delivering quality eye care to benefit the community as a whole. The centre offers Diploma and Masters Program in Community eye Health.

Online Courses in Community Eye Health

Our Community Eye Health online courses are unique, flexible fully online courses that is offered in collaboration with University of New South Wales, Australia. These courses have been developed to facilitate career advancement opportunities for various professionals working in the field of health, particularly in eye care. The courses offered in this program provide enough opportunities to expose the candidate to a very challenging learning environment through video and audio lectures, online discussions, quizzes and several group activities using the technology available.

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Diploma Courses

(a) Eye Health Management
This one year course aimed to impart training in comprehensive eye health management at an eye hospital or eye care center and enable successful participants to efficiently and effectively manage the resources and deliver comprehensive eye care.

(b) Diploma in Community Eye Health (DCEH)
This course is a collaborative program from the School of Medical Sciences, University of Hyderabad (UoH) & the Gullapalli Pratibha Rao International Centre for Advance for Rural Eye care (GPR ICARE), L V Prasad Eye Institute, Hyderabad a WHO Collaborating Centre for Prevention of Blindness in India. This one-year virtual learning course offers an excellent opportunity to learn concepts in Community Eye Health. The mandatory project enables the candidate to apply the skills learned during the course to address a problem of public health importance under expert supervision.

Certificate courses

(a) Community Eye Health
This one month course aims to provide an overview on key concepts in community eye health in a nutshell. Specifically designed for mid-level and higher level managers and optometrists who want to get into Community Eye Health, this course covers topics such as Community Needs Assessment, Basic Concepts in Epidemiology and Biostatistics, planning and management of eye care programs among other topics. This course is a shorter version of Diploma in Community Eye Health (DCEH) program.

(b) eye Promt-Essentials of Eye Care Program Management
The core objectives of this two week course are (a) To impart basic knowledge of various processes in program planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation (b) To impart basic skills in general administration for effective resource management (c)To improve the skills of managers in the areas of financial planning and management and make eye care programs cost-effective.