linksObjectives of the VISION2020 Links Programme

The links programme seeks to address human resource development through:

  • Improving and standardising training and accreditation for ophthalmologists across the region and training the trainers so that they train more ophthalmologists;
  • Developing subspecialist skills so that ophthalmologists can treat patients who currently face unnecessary blindness
  • Improving the skills and training of eye care workers at every level in the four institutions, enhancing their job satisfaction and morale.



The links programme seeks to address the serious inadequacy of human resources development for eye health in East Africa through

  • Development and adoption of a standardized ophthalmology training curriculum across the region.
  • Development of a training of trainers programme to ensure ophthalmologists have skills required to teach, train and examine future cohorts of trainee ophthalmologists.
  • Development of EACO Fellowship examination/programme to accredit existing and future ophthalmologists.
  • Supporting the development of Continuing Professional Development framework

Partners involved

  • Eastern Africa College of Ophthalmologists
  • Royal College of Ophthalmologists, England
  • International Centre for Eye Health, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine


Four Eastern Africa Teaching Hospitals

  • Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences –Tanzania
  • Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre –Tanzania
  • Mbarara University of Science and Technology –Uganda
  • Makerere University Hospital –Uganda


Partners from the North

  • Guys and St Thomas Foundation Trust, London
  • University Hospital Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust
  • United Bristol Healthcare Trust
  • Royal Free Hospital, London


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