Developing the next generation of eye health champions across the Commonwealth

The Consortium provides scholarships to study public health masters (MSc) programmes in South Africa and the UK to help equip ophthalmologists and eye care managers with the skills and knowledge they need to implement effective, sustainable strategies to prevent and treat blindness across the Commonwealth.

Masters scholarships to study at the University of Cape Town, South Africa

The Masters in Public Health, Community Eye Health, at the University of Cape Town in South Africa aims to provide students with the practical skills to develop and manage eye care programmes with an emphasis on meeting eye care needs in Africa. Find out more about our UCT scholarships

Masters scholarships to study at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, UK

The Masters in Public Health for Eye Care at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine aims to train world leaders in prevention of blindness and to strengthen research and academic capacity for eye care programmes and training facilities, particularly in low- and middle-income countries. Find out more about our LSHTM scholarships

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Masters scholarships at the University of Cape Town

To support the training of eye health professionals with strong public health skills, the Consortium offers scholarships for candidates from low- and middle-income African Commonwealth countries who have been accepted to study for a Masters Public Health, Community Eye Health or a Postgraduate Diploma, Community Eye Health at the University of Cape Town, South Africa.

Find out more about the course

Masters scholarships at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

To support the training of eye health professionals with strong public health skills, we are offering scholarships for candidates from low- and middle-income Commonwealth countries who have been accepted to study for a Masters in Public Health for Eye Care at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), United Kingdom.

Find out more about the course

Laser treatment for proliferative diabetic retinopathy. SOUTH AFRICA. Credit: Elmien Wolvaardt Ellison

Case Studies: Impact

Some of our Masters Fellows have now returned to their home countries, having graduated from either LSHTM or UCT. They have written about their experiences and the impact the Consortium Scholarships had on their work.

 

 

Read about their stories here

2015 MSc Scholars

University of Cape Town 2015 Consortium Scholars


Ellen Antwi-Adjei

Ellen Antwi-Adjei

I am an Optometrist working in a private eye centre in Accra, Ghana. Until I recently moved to Accra, I had always worked in a rural setting in Ghana. My work in the city has made me more conscious of how deprived people are in the rural areas. This has influenced my decision to pursue further education to acquire more knowledge and skills to reach out to rural people through education and eye care outreach programs to work towards elimination of avoidable blindness.

On completion of my MSc studies, I plan to pursue a career in an agency or organisation involved in developing beneficial eye health services to reduce and prevent blindness and improve vision.

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2016 MSc Scholars

University of Cape Town 2016 Consortium Scholars


Michael Owusu Kyei

Michael Owusu Kyei

Michael Kyei is an optometrist from Ghana. He graduated from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in 2008 and currently works at a District Government Hospital in the Eastern Region of Ghana. Michael has been involved in rural eye care programs since 2008. From 2010 -2013 he worked at the North Western Eye Centre (Now St. Thomas Eye Centre) in Accra in partnership with the NGO Unite for Sight USA. During this period he conducted daily outreaches to rural underserved communities in five regions in Ghana, which transformed his views on the nature of eye care services in these areas and the plight of visually impaired people both young and old. Many sight restoring surgeries were performed when the patients were transported to the base hospital in Accra.

Michael intends to return to his district after completing the Commonwealth Eye Health Consortium MPH-CEH at UCT, where he will use the knowledge and skills acquired to plan his district eye care services, and to support his regional eye care team in its activities.

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2017 MSc Scholars

University of Cape Town 2017 Consortium Scholars


Hope Mackline

Hope Mackline

Mackline is a Medical Doctor working at the Infectious Diseases Institute Kampala, Uganda. She is actively involved in treatment and follow up of HIV/AIDS patients in an outpatient’s clinic since 2013. She has a Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene of London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She manages various opportunistic infections that occur in HIV infection and has witnessed the visual disability caused by HIV. Currently, there are no eye care services integrated in HIV care in Uganda, and patients who need to be screened for various eye conditions find it hard to access services. The situation has inspired her to pursue a career in public health community eye health which is a cornerstone in reducing blindness and visual disability. Mackline is eager to take on opportunities to enhance her knowledge and skills to stand up to the task of promoting the programs involving sight for all at all health care levels.

Mackline anticipates that the Master of Public Health will equip her with knowledge and skills to develop a public health approach to eye care services and the control of blindness. Her goal is to work towards elimination of avoidable blindness among vulnerable populations through epidemiological and operational research in eye health, with emphasis on public health strategies in planning and managing eye care programs. Continue reading “2017 MSc Scholars”