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A Spirit of Collaboration in SSA

Posted on May 31, 2013
Topic: Allied Health Education, Eye Care
Region: Africa

More than 15 nongovernmental development organizations and agencies involved in strengthening eye-health training programs and training institutions in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) met in March in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

"I was excited to participate (in the meeting)," said Dr. Karl Golnik, ICO Director for Education.

"With the aim of developing a comprehensive regional response to the current gap in the health work force and aspiring to meet global standards of best practice for training eye health professionals in the 21st century, the workshop confirmed that while much is happening much more can be achieved by working collaboratively."

Organized by Sightsavers, the meeting drew a strong response from the participating organizations, including the ICO.  This resulted in a joint commitment to the following principles:

  1. To work collaboratively to share planning information.
  2. To jointly develop comprehensive planning and evaluation tools.
  3. To work together to harmonize competency based curricula.
  4. To examine options for joint funding opportunities.
  5. To sustain and expand existing support through increased commitment.
  6. To work together to become an integral part of existing capacity building for the health training institutions in Africa.

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