Eliminating Trachoma - free online course

07 Mar 2018

LSHTM's International Centre for Eye Health are holding a free online course to inform and support stakeholders interested in implementing and managing of trachoma programmes at district and community levels. 

Start date: 19 March 2018
Duration: 5 weeks, 4 hours per week
Registration: Register for the course here

Understand trachoma as a disease

Participants will be taught the latest tools and techniques to evaluate the natural history, clinical signs, and grading of trachoma in individuals, and map the burden of disease at a community level.

The course will investigate and provide guidance on how epidemiological data informs the selection of interventions at local and national level, and how it informs decision making on the path to eradicating the disease.

Discover how trachoma elimination strategies are implemented

Appropriate interventions to eliminate trachoma are encapsulated by the acronym ‘SAFE’, which represents surgery, antibiotics, facial cleanliness, and environmental improvement. We will consider what it takes to deliver the SAFE strategy in trachoma-endemic regions with agreed best practices, and how to best monitor and evaluate these activities for improved effectiveness.

Throughout the course we will use a variety of learning tools and provide opportunities to interact and learn through online conversations with peers and educators from across the world. A wide range of experts will be taking part, including:

Topics covered will include:

  • Natural history, clinical signs and grading of trachoma
  • Planning and coordination of trachoma mapping and control activities at community, district, national and global levels
  • Development of a Trachoma Action Plan
  • Public health approach for the control of trachoma
  • Assessing the validation process for trachoma elimination
  • Practical approaches for the four elements of the SAFE strategy to control trachoma: surgery, mass distribution of antibiotics, facial cleanliness and environmental improvement.

Who is the course for?

This practical course is for everyone involved, or interested in, delivering health services to eliminate blinding trachoma. It may be of interest to those working in or studying medicine, and will be of special use to those working in neglected tropical diseases (NTD), public health or ophthalmology. Content is focused on the action that needs to take place at a local community level.