Australian university lends support to Uganda optometry training program

Academics from the University of New South Wales (UNSW) will oversee the future development of Uganda’s first endorsed optometry degree, consolidating a major project that recently saw the country celebrate its first batch of homegrown optometrists.

In an initiative to support dramatic expansion of healthcare in the African country, Associate Professor Isabelle Jalbert and Dr Kathleen Watt – from the UNSW School of Optometry and Vision Science – will lead a team to train local optometrists, manage the formation of specialist eye health programs and oversee curriculum development at Makerere University, Kampala.

The team will visit the University four times during 2019 to teach students and support the faculty. They will have a particular focus on specialised fields of advanced contact lenses training, binocular vision, paediatric optometry, and ocular diseases.

The project follows Uganda achieving a major milestone in January when five local students completed the country’s first approved optometry degree at Makarere University. The initiative was the culmination of 10 years’ work involving the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs, Brien Holden Vision Institute, the UNSW and charity Optometry Giving Sight.

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Topic: Optical News