Commonwealth Eye Health Consortium
Strengthening eye health systems across the Commonwealth
The Commonwealth Eye Health Consortium is a group of eye health organisations from several Commonwealth countries working together to deliver an exciting, integrated, five-year programme of fellowships, research and technology which aims, over the long-term, to strengthen eye health systems and quality of eye care throughout the Commonwealth. Find out more about our participating organisations.
Worldwide there are 285 million visually impaired people, of whom 39 million are blind. Yet 80% of blindness and visual impairment is curable or treatable. Good quality eye care is a scarce resource for millions of people across the globe, including in many Commonwealth countries.
A pioneering and innovative programme
People: strengthening capacity to deliver eye care, through training and information sharing, including Masters scholarships in Public Health for Eye Care, clinical fellowships and a Commonwealth-wide diabetic retinopathy team training network;
Knowledge: deepening understanding of avoidable blindness and approaches to tackling it, through research fellowships;
Tools: development and roll out of technology such as Peek, the Portable Eye Examination Kit, which will help identify and diagnose eye problems in any setting using only a smartphone. Peek has the potential to bring about a revolution in affordable eye care.