Vanessa Moodley

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An Evaluation of the Regional School of Optometry in Mozambique: the Implementation Phase

Vanessa Moodley – PhD candidate
Dr. James Loughman – Supervisor

The Mozambique Eyecare Programme has been designed with the aim of facilitating the development, implementation and evaluation of a regional optometry model for Lusophone Africa which includes the countries Angola, Guinea Bissau, Sao Tome e Principe and Cape Verde.  This project serves to contribute to the overall aim of the programme by implementing a two-phased strategy, the first of which is the development of a model for the recruitment and retention of students for this programme. The criteria for entry recruitment will be assessed and the likelihood of retention and success in the programme evaluated within the context of the applicant’s background education and exposure.

In addition to being appropriately recruited and retained in the programme, graduates will need to return and contribute to the ultimate development of the eye health services in their respective countries. Phase two of this project hence involves interacting with the relevant government departments within respective countries to contribute to the creation of a legislative framework that will support the graduates throughout the programme as well as on return to their respective countries. The legislative framework will assist the region and specific country in ensuring that the services and education of eye care personnel are sustainable, thus over the years, creating successively greater access to quality eye care services for the millions of people in the Lusophone African region.

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