The training of local people is perhaps the single most important way we can ensure that in time, under served communities have access to high quality eye care services from within.
"Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime."Attributed as ancient Chinese proverb
Sadly, there is a severe shortage of eye care workers in the parts of the world where they are most needed. In India, for example, there is an urgent need for 115, 000 optometrists to service the eye care needs of the population; there is currently 9, 000.*
We believe that people in underserved communities deserve the same standard of eye care that is enjoyed in the developed world. That’s why Optometry Giving Sight is committed to investing in long term strategies for education and human resource development within communities. Human resource development involves the establishment of culturally appropriate education programs to produce eye care professionals and other supporting personnel.
This takes the shape in education programs and schools of optometry, where local people are trained as degree-qualified optometrists, optometric and spectacle technicians, refractionists, eye care health workers and vision center staff.
Helping to upskill and train local eye care workers is an important way your donations can help in the fight to end avoidable blindness.
Just USD$50 could provide a study pack containing text books, a lab coat and stationary to assist Optometry or Optometric Technician students.
Brien Holden Vision Institute is the implementing partner supported by Optometry Giving Sight.
Read on to learn how we Establish Vision Centres.
*Source: Brien Holden Vision Institute.