Our current work at a glance

Testing of Artificial Intelligence technology to screen glaucoma in India to prevent avoidable blindness

BCPB is supporting a project in India which will test new Artificial Intelligence technology to detect glaucoma in real time. This can be used by a trained primary health care worker, giving immediate results without the need for an ophthalmologist. This technology also has the potential to reach more people, as it can be transported to hard-to-reach rural areas (where the need is greatest), thus increasing the number of people in whom glaucoma can be detected early and treated, preserving their eyesight.

This project, led by Dr Gabriela Czanner, is being carried out jointly between Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU), Ulster University and Aravind Eye Care Centre, Pondicherry, India.

Training eye health professionals in cataracts and glaucoma surgery in Sub Saharan Africa

BCPB is funding a project led by Dr William Dean from the International Centre for Eye Health. This project has set up a Simulation Surgery Training Unit at the University of Cape Town to offer standardised simulation surgical training. The results of this project so far have been exceptionally encouraging. Dr Dean has already trained thirty-five senior trainees in trabeculectomy, and forty-nine junior trainees in cataract surgery. The initial results of the training, in terms of surgical competence, have been profound. More information about this project can be found here Cataracts and glaucoma surgery

Detecting Uncorrected Refractive Errors in children in India

An Undetected Refractive Error (URE) can be simply diagnosed, measured, and corrected with the aid of glasses, but for many in the developing world this simple correction method is not happening. To tackle this a team will work with 10,000 children in 69 schools across India and focus on creating a new URE screening and referral model. This model will be based on two current models already in operation, which have flaws and are not currently cost effective, meaning uptake is limited and many children are missing out on a simple correction for their URE. More information can be found here Detecting Uncorrected Refractive Errors in children in India

Boulter Fellowships

Our Boulter Fellowship programme, now in its 37th year, provides students from developing countries with the skills to plan and manage eye care at regional and community level, and to undertake research on how best to prevent blindness in their own countries. To date we have funded 160 eye care professionals through our Boulter Fellowships. Now leaders in blindness prevention, each of them are saving on average 40,000 people’s sight over the course of their career. That is 6.4 million people. They will also on average each train a further 200 people in eye care who will in turn pass on their knowledge and expertise to hundreds of others, meaning a small investment has a multiplier effect over several years.  This ‘skills cascade’ is a big part of our work which will grow over time, providing a long-term solution to avoidable blindness. This academic year we are supporting six new students from Ghana, Mozambique, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Tanzania and Uganda, all of whom are undertaking a Master of Science Degree in Public Health for Eye Care at the International Centre for Eye Health. For more information please visit Boulter Fellowships

Raising the standard of blindness prevention research in Africa

This project aims to raise the standard and profile of the Journal of Ophthalmology of Eastern, Central and Southern Africa (JOECSA) and build engagement of eye health professionals in undertaking and publishing research. The mentorship supported by BCPB is being offered by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and the ‘Eye’ Journal team of The Royal College of Ophthalmologists and will develop JOECSA as a strong scientific ophthalmic journal sharing research and evidence across the region. Enhancing research quantity and quality in key eye health issues in sub-Saharan Africa.