What will you learn?

  • Assess the magnitude of global and local eye care problems and their implications
  • On the management side, the course also addresses how to:
  • Identify gaps in service, then estimate resource availability and requirements to fill those gaps
  • Employ problem solving techniques with programme partners
  • Understand challenges specific to eye care in programme development
  • Foresee programme issues and actively manage change
  • Describe the core concepts and strategies in the design and delivery of eye care services
  • Employ information technology to improve planning
  • Use evidence to prioritise needs during programme planning
  • Create an enabling environment for partner institutions
  • Conduct monitoring and evaluation using various methods
  • Network and build alliances to enhance programme impact
  • Apply principles of financial management and grant monitoring
Target Group

Senior level programme staffs of Government, NGO and International NGOs in Eye care.

Preferably below 50 years of age

Course Location
Batch Number 1
No of Seats
40 per batch
Course In-Charge
Ms. Dhivya
Contact Details
72, KK Salai, Madurai – 625 020, Tamil Nadu
+(91) 452-4356-500
+(91) 452-2530-984
Eligibility Criteria
  • Participants need to be nominated either by their own organization or by the funding agency.
  • 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 or if you are an eye care professional taking on programme management for the first time.
  • As the course will be presented in English, all applicants will be expected to communicate effectively in English.

This two-week course enables programme managers and grant making non-profits 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.

Course Details

When to come?

This two-week course is offered every February.

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.

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

Please note: on Sundays, the mess will be closed for Lunch and Dinner. Participants are requested to have food at outside hotel. However there are good restaurants located nearby Inspiration (walk-able distance).

Please see the Inspiration brochure for more details.

Where to learn?

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 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?

Participants from India and Nepal pay a INR 30,000 course fee with the GST of 18%.  All other overseas participants pay USD 1000 with the GST of 18%.  These amounts include tuition, teaching materials and field visits.  Securing your spot in the course required sending the course fee within two weeks of receiving your confirmation letter.  An invoice in this 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.  If admission is within two weeks of the start of the course, payment is to be made posthaste.  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 occurs 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 an invitation letter for your local 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.