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Blinding Diseases


Blindness can occur as a result of a number of infectious, non-communicable diseases, and injuries. The main infectious causes include trachoma and onchocerciasis and the main NCD causes are cataract and glaucoma. Trachoma alone accounts for 15% of the worlds blindness. Depending on the cause, up to 80% of blindness and serious visual loss could be prevented or treated. Face washing, general hygiene, preventive chemotherapy, early diagnosis, and treatment are commonly used interventions.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, the participant will be able to:

  1. List infectious diseases leading to blindness
  2. List the main clinical features of each disease
  3. Identify the disease specific agent, reservoir and susceptible human host
  4. Describe the transmission dynamics of each disease
  5. Describe the life cycle of the disease
  6. Estimate the disease burden and analyze its determinants
  7. List the recommended control methods and assess the possibility of elimination or eradication

Course Outline

  1. Trachoma
  2. Onchocerciasis
  3. Vision 2020 initiative: The right to sight

Training Delivery Methods

  1. In-class method
  2. Online method
  • Duration: 18 Learning Hours

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Participant who complete the stand alone course will be awarded a Certificate of Course Completion.