Training in use of OCT machine at Muhimbili, Tanzania with VISION 2020 LINKS partner St Thomas’ Hospital, London

Building a network to combat diabetic retinopathy across the Commonwealth

The Consortium is addressing the growing burden of diabetic eye disease across the Commonwealth by developing a network of hospital-based training LINKS between overseas and UK partners. Part of the VISION 2020 LINKS Programme, the network will enable Commonwealth eye health professionals to share their experiences and knowledge.

Through the network, partner hospitals in Africa, the Pacific and the Caribbean will develop appropriate strategies and services to screen diabetic patients. The participating LINKS partnerships are:

  • Ministry of Health, Botswana and Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge, UK
  • Kitwe, Zambia and Frimley Park Hospital, Surrey, UK
  • Muhimbili University, Tanzania and St Thomas’ Hospital, London, UK
  • KCMC, Moshi, Tanzania and University Hospitals Birmingham, UK
  • Mbeya Referral Hospital, Tanzania and WHSCT Altnagelvin, N Ireland, UK
  • Makerere University, Uganda and Royal Free Hospital, London, UK
  • Mbarara and Ruharo Hospitals, Uganda and Bristol University Hospitals
  • Lilongwe, Malawi and Edinburgh, UK
  • Blantyre, Malawi and Liverpool University Hospital, UK
  • LUTH, Lagos, Nigeria and Royal Bolton Hospital / N W Deanery, UK
  • UNTH Calabar, Nigeria and Wolverhampton University Hospital
  • Korle Bu, Accra, Ghana and Homerton and Moorfields Eye Hospital, UK
  • Kenyatta National Hospital, Kenya and University Hospitals, Coventry, UK
  • University of the West Indies, Jamaica and Homerton University Hospital, UK
  • Pacific Eye Institute, Fiji and RANZCO, Sydney, Australia
  • Solomon Islands and RANZCO, Sydney, Australia
  • Vanuatu and RANZCO, Sydney, Australia

By catching diabetic retinopathy early, more people will have their sight saved and the number of people going blind unnecessarily across the Commonwealth will be reduced.


More information

For more information about the diabetic retinopathy LINKS network please  Contact us.

Image: Training in use of OCT machine at Muhimbili, Tanzania with VISION 2020 LINKS partner St Thomas’ Hospital, London. VISION 2020 LINKS Programme

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