Find the latest news articles of CEHI here.
The Community Eye Health Institute (CEHI) developed a district eye care plan that is aligned with the National Health Insurance initiative of the South African Department of Health, using the tools, principles and techniques taught in our Community Eye Health courses. This was based on a district eye care situational analysis for Gert Sibande District in Mpumalanga, South Africa conducted in July 2013.
The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness conducted a RAAB Training of Trainers workshop in Woking, south of London in the UK between 16 and 22 June 2014. RAAB stands for Rapid Assessment of Avoidable Blindness. The Rapid Assessment of Avoidable Blindness (RAAB) is a standardised method to conduct a population based survey on blindness and visual impairment in a defined population. The Director of the Community Eye Health Institute, Mr Deon Minnies, was one of 11 participants targeted to increase the capacity to conduct these highly economical, efficient and valuable blindness prevalence surveys in Africa, the Middle East and South East Asia.
The Community Eye Health Institute (UCT-CEHI) engaged into consultation with the Mpumalanga Provincial Eye Care Programme about district eye care planning for Gert Sibande District (GSD), one of the 11 pilot sites of the South African National Health Insurance (NHI).
The Community Eye Health Institute (UCT-CEHI) and Fred Hollows Foundation commenced a partnership to deliver management training to eye care workers in sub-Saharan African eye care programmes.
The Community Eye Health Institute launched its newsletter, CEH-iNews this month to provide a platform from which to tell success stories in eye care services on ground level. This will serve to improve communication amongst eye care staff across the continent with the aim of sharing best practices, learning from others and networking.
Another eight Community Eye Health managers obtained their Postgraduate Diploma in Community Eye Health (PgDCEH) in 2011. Although seemingly a small number, the PgDCEH helps to ensure that there is a steady increase in trained community eye health (CEH) managers in the sub-Saharan African region. The shortage of managers in CEH in the region is critical, resulting in poor service delivery, especially to the blind and poor.
The Community Eye Health Intitute was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation by the Mpumalanga Department of Health in Nelspruit.
A record number of delegates participated in the annual Community Eye Health workshop for Last year, eight opthalmology registrars from five South African universities participated in the Registrars' Vision 2020 workshop (attendees pictured alongside, with the course convenor and two delegates from the Western Cape Department of Health).
Eight more students obtained their Postgraduate Diploma in Community Eye Health (PgDCEH) in 2010. The PgDCEH is a unique programme that trains participants in Vision 2020 programme management. Vision 2020 is an initiative which aims to eliminate avoidable blindness by the year 2020. The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB), in collaboration with the World Health Organisation launched this initiative in 1999.
The first ever Community Eye Health mini-conference was held at Pienaardam Leisure Resort near Middelburg in Mpumalanga between 30 November and 2 December 2010.
The 6th annual Registrars Vision 2020 Workshop was held at the CEHI Training Centre from 13 to 15 April 2010. The lead faculty was Dr Karin Lecuona. A total of 10 Ophthalmology registrars representing 6 South African universities participated in the workshop
The Director of the Community Eye Health Institute, Mr Deon Minnies, was honoured by the Ophthalmic Society of South Africa (OSSA) for the role he played in preventing blindness in South Africa. Mr Minnies received the award, the Citizen's Award, during the Grand Dinner of the OSSA Congress which was held at Sun City.