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Profile - Management Training for Eye Care Programme Managers

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    Lions Aravind Institute of Community Ophthalmology
Target group: Senior level programme staffs of Government, NGO and International NGOs in Eye care. Preferably below 50 years.
No.of Positions: 40 per batch
Duration: 2 weeks
Starting Date: January 29 - February 11, 2020
Frequency: Offered once a year
Medium of Instruction: English
Faculty Co-ordinator: Ms. Dhivya Ramasamy
Started Year 2002

Why come to Aravind?

Blindness affects 37 million people worldwide, one quarter of whom live in India. The Aravind Eye Care System sees over 1.5 million patients per year and operates on 300,000, making it the largest eye care provider in the world. It does so through precise management that focuses on infrastructure and human resource utilisation. By contrast, the global VISION 2020 initiative suggests that mismanagement is widespread, with worldwide eye care infrastructure currently used at 25% of its capacity.

Creating infrastructure and establishing more programmes, then, is clearly not sufficient. A complete re-engineering of the management and systems governing eye care programmes is critical. No other institute combines a focus on eye care, thirty years of international experience, and the resources of the largest eye care provider in the world into a course on effective, best-practice management of eye care programmes. Managers at every level, from provincial to international, perform better with access to this body of knowledge.

What will you be able to do?

This two-week course enables programme managers at grant making nonprofits and foundations to understand the scope and priorities of eye care service delivery around the world. It enables these managers to make informed strategic decisions about the programmes that they financially support by training them about needs-centric programme design, tailoring service to specific populations, and managing change as programmes grow.

By the end of the workshop participants will be able to:
  • Assess the magnitude of global and local eye care problems and their implications
  • Identify gaps in service, then estimate resource availability and requirements to fill those gaps
  • Understand challenges specific to eye care in programme development
  • Describe the core concepts and strategies in the design and delivery of eye care services
  • Use evidence to prioritise needs during programme planning
  • Conduct monitoring and evaluation using various methods
  • Apply principles of financial management and grant monitoring

On the management side, the course also addresses how to:

  • Employ problem solving techniques with programme partners
  • Foresee programme issues and actively manage change
  • Employ information technology to improve planning
  • Create an enabling environment for partner institutions
  • Network and build alliances to enhance programme impact

Are you eligible?

This course is designed for professionals engaged in eye care programme development, planning, implementation, monitoring, evaluation, or funding, whether as part of the government, a funding agency, or an international organisation. You are an ideal participant if you have a background in health or programme development and are newly entering eye care.

How will you learn?

Class time is a combination of case discussions and lectures supplemented by reading assignments and exercises. Emphasis is on small group work and you will synthesize your learning with other students via one capstone project at the conclusion of each week. After presenting your solution to course faculty you will receive constructive feedback. This combination of methods allows you to both learn the material and apply it in meaningful ways.

The case method, popular in top-tier business schools, uses simulations of actual management situations. By putting you in realistic scenarios, the lessons drawn from class become relevant to your own hospital environment. As part of the application process, we ask you to describe one problem you are currently facing. This may become the basis for one of the cases used in class.

Within and beyond the classroom, you should expect exposure to management practices within the Aravind System, which includes tertiary care hospitals, secondary eye care centres, Vision Centers, community centres, and outreach programmes.


When to come?

This two-week course is offered every February. The next course is scheduled from January 29 to February 11, 2020.

Where to stay?

Accommodation can be arranged at Inspiration – Aravind trainee’s hostel. It is a comfortable and quiet place located close to the LAICO and Aravind Eye Hospital Campus. It offers common spaces where you can relax and chat with your classmates from all over the world. Rooms have televisions and wireless Internet connections. The given below tariff includes room rent, free internet and complimentary breakfast. 

Cost per participant per day in INR 
A/C  Non-A/C
Single 1000  500
Twin Sharing 700 

Food: Breakfast and Dinner will be served at Inspiration Hostel. The cost for  lunch and  dinner will be charged separately at the Hostel. Lunch will be served at LAICO dining hall during the course period.

Please see the Inspiration brochure for more details.

Where to come?

The course will be held at Lions Aravind Institute of Community Ophthalmology (LAICO), in Madurai, India. It is fully equipped with a 200-seat auditorium, projector-enabled classrooms and air-conditioned facilities for group discussion.

Madurai is well connected by air, rail and road to Chennai, Bangalore, Mumbai and Trivandrum. Nearby tourist attractions include a hill resort at Kodaikanal, the temple town of Rameswaram, and the southernmost tip of India at Kanyakumari.

The climate will be pleasant during February and rain is rare this time of year. The days will generally be warm and the nights comfortable.

How to pay?

Securing your spot in the course requires sending the course fee within two weeks of receiving your confirmation letter. An invoice in that letter will instruct you how to pay by Demand Draft (D.D.) or wire transfer to Lions Aravind Institute of Community Ophthalmology in Madurai, India.

Participants from India and Nepal :  Rs. 30,000*
Participants from Overseas :  US $1000*
* An additional 18% GST (tax) is applicable to this amount

If you request to cancel your enrollment two weeks prior to the course start date you will be refunded 100% of your payment. A 25% cancellation fee is applicable if we receive your cancellation request less than two weeks prior to the course start date.

How to prepare?

All international travelers must secure a visa before arriving. When we receive your registration details we will send you an invitation letter for your local Indian Embassy or Consulate on your behalf. It must be submitted along with your application for the conference visa. Visa processing takes time, so we ask you to apply well in advance