Strengthening eye health systems and quality of eye care throughout the Commonwealth
Coordinated by ICEH, the Commonwealth Eye Health Consortium is a group of eye health organisations from several Commonwealth countries working together to deliver an exciting, integrated, five-year programme of fellowships, research and technology which aims, over the long-term, to strengthen eye health systems and quality of eye care throughout the Commonwealth.
The Consortium is working in three key areas:
- People: strengthening capacity to deliver eye care, through training and information sharing, including Masters scholarships in Public Health for Eye Care, clinical fellowships and a Commonwealth-wide diabetic retinopathy team training network;
- Knowledge: deepening understanding of avoidable blindness and approaches to tackling it, through research fellowships;
- Tools: development and roll out of technology such as the Peek Vision system which will help identify and diagnose eye problems in any setting using only a smartphone; and OpenEyes, an electronic patient record system to replace inefficient and unreliable paper systems. These have the potential to bring about a revolution in affordable eye care.