We work together with tertiary institutions and ministries of health and education to develop and establish the profession of optometry in developing countries
What is Workforce Development?
Through Brien Holden Vision Institute Academy we educate across the spectrum from eye screener to optometrist. We work with universities to develop optometry as a tertiary course, often where it hasn’t existed as a profession before. In addition to our direct education initiatives, we help establish infrastructure needed for eye care systems to flourish, including:
- Providing a range of support to assist in developing faculty for educational positions
- Advocating for new levels of personnel needed across comprehensive eye care systems
- Promoting the development of educational and professional regulatory bodies and frameworks
- Advocating for public health posts for optometrists in existing regional and national health systems
- Providing accredited professional development courses both face-to-face and online
Why is it important?
This is the case for 625 million people globally.
In developed countries, eye care is provided by optometrists accessed through either public or private health services. In many developing communities of the world this is not the case. There is a shortage of eye care professionals and a lack of access to comprehensive care. The impact on people’s lives, and the economic cost to communities and countries, is considerable.
“It is an honour and a privilege to be here to witness the official opening of Vietnam’s first optometry school, This day marks a momentous and celebratory occasion in the development of eye health services for the people of Vietnam and a glimpse into the future for the country’s long term, sustainable vision care framework.”